SMART Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa is planning for two Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) stations — The city recently completed one downtown and is working on a second in North Santa Rosa by Guerneville Road. For local residents, this means an opportunity to create vibrant neighborhoods with walkable streets, good transit connections, housing for all, and development with reduced pollution and waste.

North Santa Rosa Station

In June 2010, the SMART board voted to place the North Santa Rosa station at Guerneville Road (station area depicted below). With funding from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the City is hosting community workshops to get input on the vision for this neighborhood.

Please get involved and let the City know what you would like to see in your community.

Downtown Santa Rosa Station

In 2007, the City of Santa Rosa adopted a plan to serve as a blueprint for development in the downtown core of the city to attract with residents, create a mix of uses, cultivate bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets, and stimulate more ridership for the anticipated SMART train. A complete copy of the plan is available on the City’s website.



View TOD 201 Walking Tour in North Santa Rosa in a larger map

What’s at stake

Years of development with cars rather than people in mind has drained much of the life out of Santa Rosa’s Guerneville Road neighborhood. Revitalizing this neighborhood will require locating future homes in this area, including a mix of shops and jobs and offices, and making it easier to walk and use public transit.

The Station Area Plans are opportunities to realize that vision. The plans govern allowable land uses (retail commercial, residential, etc.), as well as transit connections, street design, parks and public spaces, bike routes, and building heights and densities. Additionally, the plans have the potential to ensure that new housing is affordable to all income levels, and that new development is environmentally constructed through green building practices.

What you can do

  • Contact Sonoma/Napa Senior Field Representative Amanda Bornstein by phone at (707) 575-3661 or by email.
  • Sign up for campaign updates from the Accountable Development Coalition by email.
  • Comment on the draft Station Area Plans through written or public comment. Send written comments to City Planner Jessica Jones
    Community Development
    City of Santa Rosa
    100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 3
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404 jjones@srcity.org
    (707) 543-3410
  • Write a letter to the editor of the Press Democrat that calls for walkable and bike-friendly streets, homes we can all afford, and a vibrant downtown.
  • Visit the Great Communities Collaborative to find out more about this effort and others like it around the Bay Area.

SMART Santa Rosa News


Thursday, February 20th, 2014     

The future of housing in Santa Rosa

The City of Santa Rosa is currently in the process of updating their Housing Element—an important part of the city’s General Plan that directs how housing will be developed over the next eight years. Greenbelt Alliance is focused on ensuring it accommodates a variety of housing types and household income levels. Continue reading

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013     

Walking and biking towards a better economy in Sonoma

Back in January, the Sonoma County Transportation Authority released Economic Impacts of Walking & Biking in Sonoma County, a report that shows the economic benefits of investing in bicycle and pedestrian amenities in Sonoma County. (Photo: RobVSF via Flickr) Continue reading

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013     

Moving towards a smarter Sonoma County

Greenbelt Alliance is committed to promoting people-oriented neighborhoods and protecting the gorgeous open space in Sonoma County. In the coming months, Greenbelt Alliance plans to work with local leaders to help increase awareness of the recently adopted North Santa Rosa Station Area Plan. Continue reading

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