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Tell Petaluma City Council to Renew its Urban Growth Boundary

The City of Petaluma has been a land use leader for years, being one of the first to adopt Urban Growth Boundaries (UGB). Their current UGB expires in December 2025 and on July 1st, the City Council will vote to place this item on the November 2024 ballot. This is important for Petaluma to retain its essential voter protections for decades to come. Take action today to support the City of Petaluma’s Council to act on behalf of its people and ensure that its Urban Growth Boundary does not expire in 2025.

In a few easy steps, you can send a suggested email to the Council asking them to direct staff to take the steps necessary to ensure the measure is ready for the November 2024 ballot.

Why This is Important

Renewing and strengthening the UGB is important for multiple reasons:

  • By creating a boundary around the city that contains development, the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) protects the city from sprawling onto farmland and greenbelts.
  • It supports Cool Petaluma by preventing climate emissions from climbing due to more driving.
  • It helps housing equity by ensuring that affordable housing is built inside the city, and not forced to the edge of town away from shops, schools, and services.

Petaluma has been a land use leader for decades and was the first city in Sonoma County to put boundaries on growth in its General Plan policies in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2010, voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of the Urban Growth Boundary through Dec. 31, 2025. With the UGB set to expire next year, the City is placing another renewal of the UGB on the ballot for this November to ensure that the city keeps its current growth boundary intact for the next 25 years. No changes are being proposed to the Urban Growth Boundary. As the UGB will expire in 2025 after 27 years, it is ripe for renewal with a vote of the people. So now is a good time for the Petaluma City Council to begin the public process to place a UGB renewal measure before the voters on the November 2024 ballot to extend the life of the existing Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).

In January 2024, the City Council gave staff direction to prepare the ballot language for Council consideration in July. You can view that meeting and read the related materials HERE.  After intermediate revision steps, the City Council will review the ballot measure and related potential updates to Petaluma’s General Plan before it is submitted to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters for the November ballot.

If Petaluma wants to make changes to the UGB, it must conduct an environmental review. If the General Plan EIR is not adopted in time, then the city will need to conduct a separate environmental review to legally make any changes to the current boundary or policies.

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