Hood Mountain Lawson Expansion Master Plan

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Regional Parks is master planning the 247-acre Lawson property that recently has been added to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve. This master planning process is studying opportunities for the public to enjoy the property, known as the Lawson addition, and to enhance and protect its unique and sensitive environment. Two community workshops are being held to solicit ideas for park amenities and trail alignments while studies evaluate the natural resources. The first workshop took place on November 18, 2015, and the second and final meeting was on May 19, 2016. The ‘Become Involved’ tab includes all the details for both of the Community Workshops.

PDF fileExpansion Property Location Map (680 kB)

Background

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District purchased the Lawson property in 2005 and transferred title to Regional Parks in June 2014. The property features oak woodlands, grasslands, mixed evergreen forest, and riparian chaparral/Sargent cypress woodland. A prominent ridgeline offers views of the Sonoma Valley and beyond. The property includes several special-status plants and significant cultural resources.

The property’s rugged backcountry provides an opportunity for new multi-use trails and greater connectivity to existing trails within the park. Other recreational opportunities might include picnicking, fishing, nature observation, and hike-in stays by permit-only. The property provides abundant opportunities to learn about natural and culture history.

The District holds a conservation easement and a recreation covenant on the property, protecting in perpetuity the scenic and natural values and requiring the land be open for low-intensity recreation and education uses.

Funding

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District is funding the Master Plan process and environmental documents, cultural resource protection, and the construction of a trail that will connect the expansion area to the park’s Lower Johnson Ridge Trail.

Become Involved

Community Workshop #1

The November 18, 2015 workshop encouraged public participation by presenting an overview of the Lawson expansion property and the master plan process. A handful of community members, park neighbors, and park users participated in the workshop. Attendees were encouraged to participate by working together in small groups and sharing their interests and concerns. The comments are being compiled by the master plan team to help develop the Plans for the park that will be presented to the public in early spring of 2016. Meeting materials for the first Community Master Plan meeting can be accessed below.

Community Workshop #2

At the May 19th workshop participants received a presentation on the preferred plan. Information was presented to the public that addressed Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve resources and limitations, specifically with sensitivity to biological resources. The Project Manager discussed the outcome of design requests received at the first public meeting and how those were incorporated into the final trail design, as well as describing possible changes to existing structures on the Lawson Addition. Attendees were excited about being able to explore the new trails. Meeting materials for the second Community Master Plan meeting can be accessed below.

Public meeting dates and other planning information will be shared on this website. To get the latest news, please sign up for “Planning Updates” in the upper right of this page.

For more information, please contact Project Manager Karen Davis-Brown, Project Manager, by phone at (707) 565-1359 or by email at karen.davis-brown@sonoma-county.org.

Proposted Timeline

November 18, 2015 - Community Workshop #1 – Presentation of Draft Master Plan
May 19, 2016 – Community Workshop #2 – Presentation of preferred plan
May 2016 – Address public comments and conduct environmental review
June 2016 – Finalize Master Plan and CEQA document
October – November 2016 – CEQA public review period
Late spring 2017 – Board of Supervisors approval
Summer 2017 – Construction implementation
Fall 2017 – New trails and other features open to the public

Questions or Comments?

Contact Project Manager:

Karen Davis-Brown
Call:  (707) 565-1359
Email:  Karen Davis-Brown

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