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North Sonoma Mountain - Project Detail

View of Bennett Valley Peak from North Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail

Community Outreach #2

The September 15, through November 18, 2020 public comment period solicited feedback from the community on three draft alternative plans. Notice of the public review period was published on the Regional Parks website, Facebook, Instagram, in the Press Democrat, and sent by mail and/or email to residents within 1350 feet of the Preserve, signed-in attendees from the first public workshop, and everyone who had asked to be notified.

A slide presentation and Story Map of the three draft alternative plans were provided to the community online, a hard copy made available at the park’s trailhead parking lot, and hard copy mailed to community members by direct request. The three draft alternative plans explored the possible future development of the Park & Preserve. The community provided an overwhelming response with 285 responses by email and letter, direct message in the online story-map, voicemail, and/or Facebook and Instagram.

The three alternative draft plans (PDF: 4.9 MB) were also presented at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting on October 19, 2020, with many members of the community providing feedback on the plans during the meeting.

Use the links below to review information about the Preserve and the three draft alternative plans presented during the public comment period in the fall of 2020.

Story Map

Community Workshop #1

The April 2017 workshop presented an overview of the scope of the project and the master planning process. Over 60 stakeholders and members of the public attended and were engaged in the workshop. A lively question and answer forum led to smaller breakout groups where participants were encouraged to share their ideas and concerns on maps and comment cards. 

Project Timeline

 Date Description
April 27, 2017 Community Workshop #1, Presentation of Project Overview. Comment from the workshop will be used to create the draft alternative plans.
Fall 2020 Community Workshop #2, Online community review and public comment period on 3 Draft Alternative Plans. Comment period open for 45-days, closing October 30, 2020 (extended to November 18, 2020). Public input used to create the Preferred Draft Plan. 
Summer/Fall 2023 Notice of Availability of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) and 30-day formal public review period of Draft Master Plan and MND. Environmental Review Committee, Public Hearing. Parks & Recreation Commission, Public Hearing. 
Fall/Winter 2023 Board of Supervisors approval of the Master Plan and Final IS/MND and Final Notice of Determination. 
Spring 2024 Construction of initial components of the Master Plan including trail not currently open to the public to the Sonoma Mountain Summit.
Fall 2024 Top of the mountain open to the public on implemented new trails.