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Good News for Open Space, Climate and Affordable Housing!
City of Sonoma Ready to Renew Urban Growth Boundary
The City of Sonoma is moving forward to renew its existing Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for another 20 years! This is great news for open space and agricultural lands and climate-wise city-centered growth.
After a robust discussion and hearing from a crowd who care deeply about the community and environment, city leaders agreed unanimously to ask city voters to renew the UGB with a ballot measure in the November 2020 election.
Next steps will be to finalize the ballot measure with public review at upcoming City Council and Planning Commission meetings.
For those concerned about affordable housing, the revised UGB is slated to contain stronger provisions requiring 100 percent affordable housing in order to be exempted from the UGB.Read below for more current news and articles about our UGB:
Sonoma City Council Votes on UGB Renewal Measure
The Sonoma City Council voted 4 to 1 on Monday, June 29, to approve a ballot measure to renew the existing Urban Growth Boundary for another 20 years. It will go to a vote of the people on the November 3, 2020 General Election.
The UGB can be expanded only with a vote of the people, but allows the City Council to make exceptions for 100 affordable housing outside the UGB if the following conditions are met:
- Land is adjacent to the existing Urban Growth Boundary
- Five acres per year gross maximum
- 20 acres gross over 20 years maximum
- 100% affordable housing – of which 51% must be designated for Low – Very Low income households
- The City Council must find that there is no available land inside the UGB for affordable housing as defined in the city municipal code.
- Four out of five City Council members must approve the exemption
These provisions provide flexibility to build affordable housing outside the UGB if needed while upholding longstanding land use policies to focus new climate-smart growth near schools, shops, services and jobs.
Mayor Logan Harvey voted no on the UGB renewal measure mainly because he did not support the provision recommended by the city attorney and supported by other Council members requiring that infill locations be prioritized before allowing the UGB to expand without a vote. You can listen to the discussion at the City Council meeting website for June 29. https://sonomacity.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=662
The Citizens for the UGB fully support the proposed ballot measure and urge all voters to join us in passing the measure when it goes to the ballot in November.
Monday, June 8, 2020 1:16 PM
Sonoma UGB Renewal Measure in Final Stretch
The City Council of Sonoma will soon vote on the final UGB ballot measure to renew the existing UGB for 20 years with stronger affordable housing provisions. See the final text here. Let the City Council know that you support this version before the first reading and final vote on June 29, 2020 by taking action here. See our recent opinion piece in the Sonoma Index Tribune here.
Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:53 PM
Citizens Support UGB Measure with Key Revisions - Comment Letter
The Citizens to Renew Sonoma's Urban Growth Boundary supports the revised draft of the UGB ballot measure for a 20-year renewal of the existing boundary with key recommendations to maintain the 5-acre gross maximum acreage per year for a total of 20 acres over 20 years for affordable housing exemptions made without a vote of the people. The City Council should also retain provisions that require a finding that there is no place to build within the UGB before making the exemption. A vote of 4 out of 5 City Council members should be needed. See our full comment letter attached and a matrix of proposed changes.
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