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Estero Trail - Project Detail

Estero vista looking west

On July 16, 2020 at 1:20 p.m., the Draft EIR was presented in a Zoom-format publicly held Planning Commission Meeting. Following the summary presentation of the Draft EIR, public comment was received. The Planning Commission voted unanimously for staff to complete the Final EIR (Draft EIR plus written responses to comments received). The Final EIR will be presented to the Planning Commission requesting a recommendation to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors based on its merits.

The Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Estero Trail Easement: Designation of Trail Corridors and Associated Staging Areas and Construction and Operation of Recreational Amenities Project. The Draft EIR has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the State CEQA Guidelines. The Draft EIR was made available for 45-day public review beginning on December 11, 2019 and the time-period extend until February 28, 2020.

The County held a scoping meeting to provide an opportunity for agency staff and interested members of the public to submit comments, either written or verbal, on the scope of the environmental issues to be addressed in the EIR. The meeting was held on December 13, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Valley Ford School House located at 14355 School Rd, Valley Ford, CA.

The Notice of Preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Report, Notice of Public Scoping Meeting was circulated in November of 2017 for public comment for a period of thirty days.

The second community workshop on November 4, 2015 presented a project overview and timeline, and the proposed locations of the Estero Trail Corridor. The presentation was followed by an open question and answer period which provided time for stakeholder’s questions and comments to be heard. 

The meeting presentation can be viewed below: 

The first project community workshop was held on May 8, 2014, to discuss the planning process for the Proposed Estero Trail. Over thirty stakeholders and members of the public attended the meeting and shared ideas and provided feedback on potential future uses.

Project Timeline 

Timeframe Project Process
9-20-2017 Environmental Impact Report (EIR) project start
11-20-2017 Notice of Preparation and begin 30-day public review of scope of EIR
12-13-2017 Public Scoping Meeting on the merits of the EIR
Summer 2018 Complete Resource Studies
12-11-2019 thru 2-28-2020 45-day review period of Draft EIR (extension added to review period)
7-16-2020 Sonoma County Planning Commission public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report
TBD Sonoma County Planning Commission public hearing on the Final Environmental Impact Report
TBD Sonoma County Board of Supervisors public hearing to certify the Final EIR, and file Notice of Determination (within 5-days of County Board approval)