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History of the Land

Arnold Scott originally owned the 58-acre farm (historic red barn and grazing cattle) at D and Windsor. The property begins at the red barn, is on the both sides of Windsor, and runs up Kelly Creek to Victoria open space and Helen Putnam County Regional Park. Mr. Scott passed away in 1999 and willed the land to The University of Pacific (UOP) in Stockton for a scholarship fund.

The following article is detailed history about the land written by Katherine Rinehart for the Sonoma County Library: 

On December 31, 2003, the University of the Pacific in Stockton sold the land to a developer, Davidon Homes of Walnut Creek, for $7.8 million.  In 2004, Davidon Homes submitted a plan to the City of Petaluma to build 93 single-family homes

Davidon submitted another plan to the Planning Committee and City Council in 2013, which requested 93 homes and was to be evaluated using the outdated 1987 General Plan.  The Davidon representatives orally said there would be no more than 66 homes. 

Davidon's 2014 application revised its plan down to 63 or 66 homes with a public access trail running through the development along Kelly/Weiss Creek up to the county park.  Both options would have a 300 ft. urban separator (open space buffer zone) at the south edge of the property (the City border along the hillside), a trail along Kelly Creek leading to Helen Putnam county park, a parking lot with 47 spaces, and trailhead facilities (restrooms and picnic tables).  Davidon is waiving its rights to use the 1987 General Plan.  The Davidon project will now be evaluated using the 2025 General Plan.

This land is environmentally sensitive with landslides, drainage problems, and flooding. Petalumans for Responsible Planning has approached Davidon about selling the land for public park purposes. Davidon is not a willing seller but intends to pursue the development of homes while seeking a private/public deal that would dedicate part of the land to recreation and open space. 

Petalumans for Responsible Planning Steering Committee

etalumans for Responsible Planning (PetRP) has existed for over 13 years and is an unincorporated association for social welfare purposes under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Our steering committee is comprised of the following volunteers:


 Sherri Fabre-Marcia  Chair, President

 Susan Jaderstrom

 Secretary, Treasurer,
 Communications  Director

 Chris Cort

 Sue Davy
 Fundraising Director

Outreach Director


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