Sonoma Valley Regional Park Expansion Master Plan

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Regional Parks is master planning two properties that have been recently added to Sonoma Valley Regional Park. The master planning process is studying the potential outdoor recreation and education opportunities and the restoration and preservation of the sites’ sensitive habitats. Resource studies are being conducted and completed now to inform the Final Draft Master Plan. Two community workshops have been held to gather public input on possible trail alignments and other park amenities. The first workshop took place on October 28, 2015. The second and final meeting was on April 27, 2016. The ‘Become Involved’ tab includes all the details for both Community Workshops.

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department is seeking input on the Sonoma Valley Regional Park Expansion Master Plan and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study (IS/MND). Public comments on the adequacy of the environmental analysis contained in the Draft IS/MND are being accepted from May 12, 2017 to June 12, 2017. The IS/MND (which includes the Master Plan) can be viewed or downloaded below.

In accordance with the CEQA Guidelines, any comments concerning the findings of the Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration must be submitted in writing and received by 3:00 pm on June 12, 2017, in order to be considered prior to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors’ final determination on the project. Please submit your written comments to Karen Davis-Brown, Sonoma County Regional Parks, 2300 County Center Drive, Suite 120A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or Karen.Davis-Brown@sonoma-county.org

Background

The park expansion area includes a 29-acre parcel, known as the Curreri Addition, on its northern boundary and a 41-acre parcel, known as the Sonoma Developmental Center Addition, along Highway 12 and adjacent to the park’s southeast boundary.

The Sonoma Land Trust led the Curreri acquisition with funding from partners, transferring title to Regional Parks in late 2014. The Curreri parcel protects crucial wildlife habitat within the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor and features sweeping views of Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain, and the Mayacamas Mountains.

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District purchased the Developmental Center parcel for Regional Parks after the State declared it surplus property. Title was transferred to Regional Parks in 2007. This parcel includes scenic Highway 12 views and also is part of the habitat corridor connecting Sonoma Mountain with the southern Mayacamas Mountains. It offers an opportunity to expand the park’s trail system through iconic oak woodlands.

Funding

Project Partners

  • The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District – Curreri Acquisition,
    Sonoma Developmental Center parcel Acquisition, and Initial Public Access & Operations &
    Maintenance funding for the Curreri Property
  • Sonoma Land Trust – Curreri Acquisition
  • The Gordon and Betty Moore-Foundation – Curreri Acquisition
  • The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation – Curreri Acquisition

In addition, Regional Parks thanks for their support during the acquisition process:

  • Sonoma County Permit & Resource Management Department
  • Sonoma Ecology Center
  • Neighbors of Sonoma Valley Regional Park Curreri Addition

Become Involved

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department is seeking input on the Sonoma Valley Regional Park Expansion Master Plan and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study (IS/MND). Public comments on the adequacy of the environmental analysis contained in the Draft IS/MND are being accepted from May 12, 2017 to June 12, 2017.

Two community workshops were held and information on the meetings is below. 

Community Workshop #1

The October 28, 2015 workshop encouraged public participation by presenting an overview of the expansion properties and the master plan process. Participants were encouraged to participate by working together in small groups and sharing their interests and concerns. Comments and concerns were compiled by the master plan team to help develop the plans for the park that were presented to the public in Spring of 2016. Meeting materials for the first Community Master Plan meeting can be accessed below.

Community Workshop #2

At the April 27, 2016 workshop participants received a presentation on the preferred plan. Information was presented to the public that addressed Sonoma Valley Regional Park 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. Multiple attendees expressed their appreciation for having their ideas represented in the design. 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 Karen Davis-Brown, Project Manager, by phone at (707) 565-1359 or by email at karen.davis-brown@sonoma-county.org.

Timeline

October 28, 2015 - Community Workshop #1 – Presentation of recreation, education, and natural resource restoration opportunities

April 27, 2016 – Community Workshop #2 - Presentation of preferred plan

Winter 2016/17 – Address public comments and conduct environmental review

May - June 2017 – CEQA public review period

July 2017 – Board of Supervisors approval and final Notice of Determination

Summer/Fall 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

Expansion Master Plan
Initial Study & Proposed MND

Written comments on the report's environmental analysis are due by 3 p.m., June 12, 2017.

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