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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 approval of the voters. Read more about climate-healthy UGBs here.

The City of Sonoma is next in line to renew its UGB for at least another 20 years by the end of 2020. This decision should be made with a vote of the people on the November 2020 ballot.  Unfortunately, the City Council is wavering due to development pressure to expand into rural lands and the greenbelt

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! Join us at a special joint meeting of the Sonoma City Council and Planning Commission on January 27 at 6 p.m. at Vintage House to make your voice heard.

You can support the renewal of Sonoma’s urban growth boundary ahead of the January 27 meeting by doing two things: sign our petition and send an email to the City Council and Planning Commission urging them to take a stand in favor of renewing the existing urban growth boundary.

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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