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News: 01/15/2019

County seeks public input on housing development sites

To expand opportunities for housing development, Sonoma County planning officials are seeking public input to identify sites appropriate for higher density, affordable, or workforce housing within the unincorporated areas of the county.

Over the past year, Permit Sonoma staff introduced a series of housing initiatives to reduce constraints for housing development within the unincorporated areas.

This request for public feedback, which began in December, is part of phase three of the county’s recent housing initiatives.

As of Jan. 4, Permit Sonoma has received submissions for 42 parcels to evaluate for rezoning. Of those parcels in the unincorporated area, there is a total of about 100 acres with a potential for approximately 2,000 new housing units.

Permit Sonoma is in the process of reviewing these sites to determine whether they meet the criteria for rezoning for higher density, affordable, or workforce housing.

Permit Sonoma will seek public input and conduct environmental review of qualifying sites, culminating in public hearings before the Sonoma County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

The public is encouraged to continue to submit ideas for potential sites at

Permit Sonoma will work with the owner and community to rezone them for more density with design review to ensure quality and community compatibility, as long as the site meets certain criteria:

• Unincorporated county land (outside of city limits)

• Vacant or underutilized properties (i.e. large site with small home)

• Located in an area that has public sewer and water

• Walking distance to transit, services and jobs

For information on these housing initiatives, contact Nina Bellucci at

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