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Renew the City of Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary

Stand up for a strong urban growth boundary!

The best way to ensure climate-healthy, wildfire-safe, diverse and affordable communities is with a voter-approved urban growth boundary (UGB). A UGB is simply a line around a city beyond which urban development is not allowed without the approval of the voters. Read more about climate-healthy UGBs here.

The City of Sonoma plans to renew its UGB for at least another 20 years by the end of 2020. This decision will be made with a vote of the people on the November 2020 ballot. The final version of the proposed ballot measure contains stronger provisions for affordable housing. It was also fine-tuned to meet recommendations from Greenbelt Alliance and the Citizens to Renew the City of Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary.

Whether you live in the City of Sonoma, Sonoma Valley, or beyond, now is the time to speak up for open space—preventing sprawl and renewing the city’s UGB!

You can support the renewal of Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary ahead of the June 29 meeting by doing two things: sign our petition and send an email to the City Council urging them to renew the existing urban growth boundary with the final ballot measure text as proposed.

Sign the Petition

Send an Email

Why We Need to Renew the City of Sonoma’s UGB

  1. The UGB protects open space and farmland.
  2. The UGB promotes city-centered growth near shops, schools, and services.
  3. The UGB preserves Sonoma’s rural and small scale character.
  4. The UGB allows room to grow inside the city.
  5. The UGB fosters a climate-healthy community.
  6. The UGB costs taxpayers nothing and saves the City money.

For questions about the City of Sonoma’s UGB contact our North Bay Regional Director Teri Shore today.

One Comment on “Renew the City of Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary

  1. Does the current UGB have language that allows for annexing land at the City’s edge for affordable housing? A land-use attorney believes that the language of the current ordinance actually works to prevent affordable housing development.

    Does the Greenbelt Alliance support any new language that would make renewal of the UGB friendlier for afforable housing through limited annexation of land at the edges of the UGB?

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