Hear the voices of the community who support Yes on W and Renewing the City of Sonoma's Urban Growth Boundary!
Shelley Arrowsmith - "The Urban Growth Boundary is an incredibly important planning tool for controlling rampant growth on the edges of the City of Sonoma. Help to maintain our rural feel, the ambiance we have enjoyed and the environment we love."
Bradley Baker, SOMO Living - It is important that we protect our precious open space and create a healthy separation between are more urban environments.
Kelso Barnett, Planning Commissioner - "I endorse Measure W on the City of Sonoma's 2020 municipal ballot."
Larry Barnett, Former Mayor, Planning Commissioner - "As a society, we face an existential climate crisis, making land use and protection of habitat, riparian corridors and open space essential. Preventing sprawl is essential, and what we can do on a local level to help keep our world livable. Provisions to insure that affordable housing can be built are included in the renewal language, the strongest in Sonoma history. The big question we face is not if the Bay Area will be unaffordable, but will it be uninhabitable."
Josette Brose-Eichar - "Even though we live outside Sonoma City limits, I believe the urban growth boundary should be renewed. Sprawl will not solve the issue of affordable housing either in the city of Sonoma or the valley. All that will happen if it is not renewed is more market rate development. This does nothing to provide housing for our workers, just more development and more multi million dollar homes being built."
Greg Carr, County Planning Commissioner - "Measure W is good land use policy that, coupled with progressive town policies supporting affordable housing projects, will benefit the Sonoma community."
Tom Conlon - "The City of Sonoma needs more affordable housing, but still has plenty of parcels available that can support ADUs and other affordable infill development. It makes no sense to let our UGB expire and allow developers to build sprawl in our beautiful greenbelt. Please vote "Yes on W" to support the renewal of Sonoma's UGB."
Lin Marie deVincent - "Six other cities have established UGBs and renewed them since 2010: Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Windsor. Cloverdale established its UGB in 2010 by 65 percent of the voters and it will expire in 2030. Vote to RENEW Sonoma's UGB! Thank you."
David Eichar - "The UGB has been vital in reducing urban sprawl, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change. It is imperative that the City of Sonoma renews the UGB by voting YES on Measure W."
Linda Hale - "The City of Sonoma has done a great job of planning for the future and beginning to provide low income housing. Voting to renew the Urban Growth Boundary will help Sonoma meet its goals and preserve open space."
Julie Jay - "I support the Urban Growth Boundary, please do not change or decrease it."
Paul Maysonave - "This must be seen to the end...we need to protect our wildlife corridors and the city of Sonoma."
Matt Metzler - "As a member of the Sonoma Community Services and Environment Commission I endorse renewal of Sonoma's UGB. To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions it is crucial that Sonoma keep from sprawling out into rural areas and renewing the UGB is essential in meeting this goal."
Bob Mosher - "I believe that most Sonoma residents moved here originally because they appreciated & liked the the total picture of living in this terrific place. I urge all who see the big picture to vote enthusiastically to maintain the Urban Growth Boundary and only then can we safely expect that our beautiful city and valley will not be exploited and grow along sensible lines! Please ..."
Sheila O'Neill, Planning Commissioner - "In the November 2020 election, I endorse Measure W, to renew Sonoma's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)."
Margaret Spaulding - "UGBs have been proven to improve quality of life inside the boundaries and protect ag and wild lands outside. To continue growing responsibly and provide affordable housing we must keep UGBs in place."
Bill Willers, architect - "I fully support the renewal of Sonoma's UGB and City-Centered growth for the future of Sonoma."
Paula Zerzan - "As human population continues to rise to unsustainable levels, our wild spaces are disappearing. An important step in curtailing urban sprawl is to have strong urban growth boundaries and leaving intact the few open, wild places necessary to planetary survival. As a local resident concerned for our environment and welfare, I implore you to vote YES on Measure W. Thank you for considering my thoughts about this urgent matter."