Renew Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary
Welcome to our citizen-run website dedicated to a renewal of Sonoma's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).
Sonoma's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) is a line beyond which its city border cannot extend and development cannot occur without majority voter approval by its citizens, except in particular and well-defined cases, including affordable housing.
Sonoma's current UGB was placed on the ballot through the initiative process, approved by 64% of its voters in 1999, and went into effect in 2000 for a period of twenty years. Now the City of Sonoma plans to put a renewal measure on the November 2020 ballot for voters to decide.
As your neighbors, we encourage you to tell the City Council that you fully support placing a standard renewal measure on the November 2020 ballot for these reasons:
- Protect open space and farmland
- Promote city-centered growth where public services already exist
- Preserve Sonoma's rural and small scale character
- Encourage a diverse, climate-wise and healthy community
- Keep the voice of voters central in deciding our city's future
We support a renewal of Sonoma’s UGB for twenty years to ensure that it continues to protect vulnerable open space and agricultural lands from sprawl and development. Renewal also ensures that Sonoma's pattern of small, incremental and sustainable growth is preserved.
If the UGB is not renewed in 2020, its boundary can be modified by the vote of a simple majority on the City Council. This would put the future size of Sonoma on the ballot in every city council election, every two years. We want to show our elected representatives on the Sonoma City Council that we support our UGB for the long-term, so we can avoid having this fight constantly.
Please read the information in this website and let us know if you have questions. Like you, we're residents of Sonoma who love our hometown and want to see it maintained for the 21st century. We know that includes some change, but let's be smart and plan ahead how we do it.