APPEAL DENIED

PUBLIC HEARING JANUARY 29, 2018

THE SONOMA CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER OUR APPEAL OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION'S DECISION TO GRANT A USE PERMIT FOR THIS DEVELOPMENT 

WE WANT THE COUNCIL TO SEND THE DEVELOPER'S PLAN BACK TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A DEEPER REVIEW

OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ON OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

 

 

 

A developer proposes to build 48 units

on less than 2 acres of land at 20269 Broadway, near Leveroni

 

This development could have as many as 220 residents, which is more dense than anything that currently exists in town (see charts and bar graph below)

There are 75 proposed parking spaces

As proposed, the development would increase competition for parking in a highly parked area of Sonoma and create an estimated 326 new vehicle trips per day, according to the Institute of Traffic Engineers 


There is no preference for people currently living or

working in Sonoma or Sonoma Valley 

 

People at the very low and extremely low-income levels will be chosen by lottery 

According to HUD, low-income housing is successful

when residents have mixed incomes

 Many people in Sonoma's workforce who are in need of subsidized housing 

would not qualify based on affordability guidelines (see below)

 

There are no set asides for Seniors.

The City's Housing Needs Assessment states Sonoma will need 47 very low and low-income units by 2023. This proposed high density development could be scaled back, decreasing the pressure on surrounding neighborhoods, and the City would still have 6 years to build another low income development.

Click here to download presentation to City Council

Overview

This proposed housing development would be situated in the South Sonoma neighborhood, near the gateway to town, but the impacts would be felt throughout the City. The proposed plan does not fulfill the City’s needs, which have been identified as housing for local seniors, young families, and workers. This development is intended for people who have incomes at very low and extremely low levels. This means many current workers in Sonoma would earn too much to qualify for this development. See Affordability chart below.

 

This development is different from other construction projects because it qualifies for density bonuses. Satellite Affordable Housing Associates can force the City to modify its development standards. For instance, a lot this size at this location would normally be restricted to 39 units, the parking ratio would be one and half spaces for each unit with one space for each unit covered, plus guest parking. The proposal includes 48 units and could have as many as 220 residents. There are only 75 on site parking spaces planned for residents and overflow parking on Clay Street would make it even more congested and unsafe because of the location of the Lodge's loading dock. For comparison, based on Sonoma's population, this 48-unit project is the equivalent of building an 785-unit project in Santa Rosa. 

 

We propose a smaller, mixed-income development that includes set-asides for seniors and affordability levels for people like teachers and others in that income bracket. We also think it is necessary that people who already reside and/or work in Sonoma should be given preference over others.

 

On this site you will find explanatory documents, links to City Codes and development standards along with other resources. If, after you know the facts, you feel this housing development could be improved, please call, email, or write to Planning Commission members, City Council members, and City Planning. Their contact information can be found below or under the Officials tab on the menu bar.

David Goodison, Planning Director

Phone 707- 938-3681

davidg@sonomacity.org

Contact Planning Commission Members

 

Contact City Council Members

 

Sonoma Index Tribune

 

Sonoma Sun

 

Press Democrat

 

Resources

 

Description of the Broadway Corridor Sonoma Municipal Code (SMC)

 

SMC and Bonus Density exceptions 

 

An explanation of the Bonus Density Law 

 

From Section 2 of proposal

"All of the units will be affordable to very low and extremely low-income households and 10% of units will be set-aside for people who are currently without shelter and an additional 10% for disabled veterans."

Affordability--Income limits per household

Number of residents allowed

Clay Street near Lodge loading dock