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News: 10/01/2017

Ag and Open Space District seeks public input on future goals

What should be the focus and priorities of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (the District) over the coming 15 years? To help shape a comprehensive plan, the District recently launched the Vital Lands Initiative and is currently seeking public input. Building on the District’s decades-long land conservation work, the initiative will help prioritize strategies for protecting local open space lands to preserve agriculture, natural resources, recreation, scenic vistas, greenbelt areas, and urban open space.

The District invites the public to provide input on the draft goals, objectives, strategies, and performance measures of the Vital Lands Initiative at the following public meetings:

Thursday, Oct. 12, 6-8 p.m., Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building

Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Community Church of Sebastopol

Monday, Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m., Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m., Villa Chanticleer (Healdsburg)

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m., Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building

Five initial public meetings were held in March, asking the community to share their thoughts and ideas for the future of land conservation in Sonoma County, and the work of the District in particular. The District will incorporate the feedback received at these upcoming public meetings into a draft plan to be released later this year.

Locally, District lands include the 1,290-acre Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve on Nuns Canyon Road, which was approved for transfer to Regional Parks for park development in March 2017. The District still owns the 65-acre Ceanothus Preserve on Adobe Canyon Road. The district also owns several easements over private and public land in the valley.

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