Santa Rosa Takes Steps to Incentivize Downtown Development for More Housing

The Santa Rosa City Council approved a density bonus for projects in neighborhoods near transit that include affordable housing and community benefits. This is a huge step toward making the city center more livable and climate-smart.

In a First, Santa Rosa Denies Construction Project Due to High Fire Risk

An artists rendering of the new hotel rejected by the planning commission

On November 29, the City of Santa Rosa denied permission for a new hotel project due in part to the high risk of wildfire in the area.

Santa Rosa Aligns Resilient City Measures With Smart Growth Ideals

The Resilient City Measures will ensure homes are built in areas like courthouse square.

The Santa Rosa City Council revised their recently adopted Resilient City measures to focus on areas of the city already prioritized for housing. This will make it easier to build badly-needed homes where they’re needed most; near jobs, services, and public transportation.

Greenbelt Alliance Reaches Historic Agreement with Santa Rosa Business Leaders

The current Sonoma County Civic Center at 575 Administration Way.

Greenbelt Alliance recently made a historic pact with business leaders to forward a bold new vision to move the Sonoma County Civic Center to downtown Santa Rosa. The action was timed to coincide with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors’ upcoming review of its facilities redevelopment plan.

All Aboard The Smart Train

The long-awaited Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is now running full speed ahead with daily and weekend service from downtown San Rafael to the Sonoma County Airport.

Press Release: Greenbelt Alliance Endorses New Mixed Use Project in Historic Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA, CA Greenbelt Alliance has endorsed the proposed DeTurk Winery Village mixed-used project located near the Railroad Square Historic District and future SMART train station in downtown Santa Rosa. If approved and built, it will provide 185 new apartment homes—15 of them for very-low income residents. “The DeTurk Winery Village meets our tough endorsement criteria for good growth in the downtown near transit,” said Teri Shore, Regional Director for Greenbelt Alliance… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: DeTurk Winery Village in Historic Santa Rosa

Greenbelt Alliance is endorsing the proposed DeTurk Winery Village mixed-used project located near the Railroad Square Historic District and future SMART train station in downtown Santa Rosa. If approved and built, it will provide 185 homes—15 of which will be for low-income residents. The project will incorporate the historic red-brick DeTurk Winery building, which withstood the 1906 earthquake. It will include approximately 20,000 square feet of existing commercial space within the rehabilitated… Read More

A Win for Walkable and Rail-Friendly Santa Rosa

Bicyclists and pedestrians—including children from nearby Helen Lehman Elementary School—frequently cross the tracks at Jennings Avenue because there is no convenient or safe alternative in the neighborhood. But with Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) service slated to begin by the end of 2016, the unsanctioned walk-and-bike path crossing Jennings Avenue near the center of Santa Rosa needs to be made safer now, not later.

Santa Rosa just got SMARTER

On September 18, the Santa Rosa City Council adopted a revised version of the North Santa Rosa Station Area Plan. After a summer of doubt, Greenbelt Alliance is pleased to report that our efforts to get the city to work out a compromise with the Coddington Mall owners was successful.

See the presentation from A SMART Step Forward on May 17

Thank you to everyone who attended the May 17 event A SMART Step Forward co-hosted by Conservation Action Fund for Education, the Accountable Development Coalition and the Great Communities Collaborative. (See embedded PowerPoint.)