|January 2019 eNews
Moving Forward in 2019
We anticipate meeting significant milestones for the future Southeast Greenway:
♦ Completing the Environmental Impact Report, General Plan Amendment and Rezoning Plan. This process will require review by City departments, a public comment period, public hearings and approval by the City’s Planning Commission and City Council.
♦ Sponsoring a public event and celebration to present the adopted plan and next steps.
♦ Working with Caltrans to appraise the property and begin negotiations for acquisition.
♦ Fulfilling the Greenway Campaign’s commitment to raise $150,000 toward the Ag + Open Space District’s matching grant.
Greenway Planning Back On Track –
Your Participation Is Needed!
The City of Santa Rosa has begun the next step in the Southeast Greenway’s approval process. Later this month, revised sections of the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Greenway will be released for public review. The main EIR sections that have been revised are the Transportation and Circulation section and the Noise section (transportation related noise). Community members will have the opportunity to comment until early March. The Report will be available on the City’s website at https://srcity.org/2571/Southeast-Greenway or http://planthegreenway.com, for a 45-day period in late January or early February 2019. Specific dates will be provided on the project websites once the Revised Draft EIR is released.
Review of the Revised Draft EIR is tentatively scheduled for a public hearing with the Planning Commission on February 14, 2019, at or after 4:00 pm, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue. The focus of the public hearing will be on the revised sections of the Draft EIR only. Please join us at this important meeting and wear GREEN. This is our opportunity to show support for the Greenway. Democracy in action!
City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update
In December the Southeast Greenway Campaign submitted written comments on a draft of the City of Santa Rosa’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update (BPMP). Our comments focused on maintaining consistency between the City’s plan and the pathways shown in the proposed Land Use Concept Plan for the Greenway. (Click here to see our comments.)
The City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board will review all of the public comments received at a public meeting on Thursday, January 17 at 4:00 pm at the Municipal Service Center South, 69 Stony Circle, Conference Room 5.
The Planning Commission will consider approval of the Board’s recommendations and the BPMP on Thursday, February 14, and the City Council will then consider adoption of the BPMP on Monday, March 12. We encourage your attendance at these public meetings and will keep you informed on this important process.
Sonoma Land Trust, a 501(c)3 public charity, is the fiscal sponsor of the Southeast Greenway Campaign. Contributions to the Southeast Greenway Campaign are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.