Longstanding greenbelt policies protecting open space and farmland between Sonoma County’s towns and cities were renewed for another 20 years by a resounding margin Tuesday.
Longstanding greenbelt policies protecting open space and farmland between Sonoma County’s towns and cities were renewed for another 20 years.
A simple countywide majority vote on Measure K – the Community Separator Protection Ordinance – will renew longstanding voter protections for Sonoma County’s community separators for another 20 years.
On Aug. 2, after hundreds of letters and dozens of people showing up wearing “Yes to Community Separators” stickers, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to renew longstanding voter protections for community separators for another 20 years with a countywide ballot measure in the upcoming election.
Today the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to renew longstanding protections for green buffers between towns and cities for another 20 years with a ballot measure requiring a countywide majority vote in the November General Election.
On June 7 (Election Night), the Sebastopol City Council unanimously adopted the citizens initiative to renew the city’s urban growth boundary (UGB) for 25 years, maintain existing boundaries, and add strengthened policies. Greenbelt Alliance jump-started the renewal process to prevent the UGB’s voter protections from expiring and partnered with the City Council, city staff, and advocates to write and pass the renewal measure.
On May 21, Greenbelt Alliance and Sonoma County Farm Trails co-hosted the Sonoma Farm Tour. We plucked eggs still warm from laying with Adam Taggart at Tara Firma Farms, walked freshly planted veggie rows with Jesse Pizzitola at First Light Farm, and were inspired and impressed as always by Elizabeth Kaiser at the lush Singing Frogs Farm. Rain, wind, and sunshine added drama to the day’s visit with locally-grown food and farmers at their best.
A group of motivated activists in Sebastopol is making strong headway on collecting signatures for a ballot measure to renew the city’s voter-approved urban growth boundary (UGB) before it expires at the end of 2016. Greenbelt Alliance and other open space enthusiasts are supporting the UGB renewal and assisting the citizens group.
The City of Cotati in Sonoma County plans to renew its urban growth boundary (UGB) with a city-sponsored ballot measure in the November 2016 General Election. See the timeline for public review and voter approval of the ballot measure.
On Wednesday, March 2, Sonoma County’s first public workshop on renewing and strengthening community separators was abuzz with conservationists, business owners, elected officials, city planners, teachers, water experts, old-timers, and new residents. Three more public workshops are planned before a first draft proposal is presented to the Sonoma County Planning Commission on May 5.