March 3, 2013, Petaluma Patch Article

posted Mar 3, 2013, 10:34 PM by Susan Jaderstro   [ updated Mar 3, 2013, 10:38 PM ]

The Petaluma Patch wrote an article on the proposed Davidon Development.

Two questions were asked at the end of the article:
What do you think about the proposed project?
And what's a good alternate site for the historic barns?

You might wish to post your thoughts.

February 28, 2013, Argus Courier Article

posted Mar 1, 2013, 1:29 PM by Susan Jaderstro

On February 28, 2013, the Argus Courier interviewed Petalumans for Responsible Planning Steering Committee member Greg Colvin and Jeff Thayer of Davidon Homes about the potential development of the 68 acres on Windsor and D Street.

Greg Colvin
would like you to know the following information:

"By saying only that 48% of our surveyed people wanted no more than 41 homes, readers might infer that the rest were in support of Davidon's 66 home plan. In fact, the other half want NONE to be built and only 1% supported the 66 idea."

For complete survey results, click on the link to the left that says:  Survey Results February 2013.

This is a link to the Westside housing project takes the next step on the site.

March 5 - Join PetRP for an open forum

posted Feb 18, 2013, 3:22 PM by Susan Jaderstro   [ updated Feb 18, 2013, 3:24 PM ]

Please join Petalumans for Responsible Planning for a meeting.

The purposes are to share what Petalumans for Responsible Planning has learned about the development, answer questions, and discuss public concerns before the Planning Commission meeting on March 12, 2013.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
7 p.m.
825 Middlefield Dr

Attend the Planning Commission Meeting - Tuesday, March 12

posted Feb 13, 2013, 10:03 PM by Susan Jaderstro

Please plan to attend Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 11 English St.   This is the time when the public can voice their opinions and concerns.  This is the time when we, the people, who live in this community, can explain how this development can and will affect our quality of lives.  It is critical that our questions and concerns be addressed.

2/13/13 - Davidon Plans to use the 1987-2005 General Plan

posted Feb 13, 2013, 9:54 PM by Susan Jaderstro   [ updated Feb 14, 2013, 11:17 AM ]

Davidon's application will be reviewed using the old General Plan (1987-2005) and not the latest General Plan 2025, which was adopted in 2008.

The project description is the same one submitted in 2004:  93 homes, 6-foot concrete sound wall on the corner of D Street and Windsor.

2/13/13 - Draft Environmental Impact Report Available

posted Feb 13, 2013, 9:51 PM by Susan Jaderstro   [ updated Feb 14, 2013, 11:22 AM ]

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Davidon development will be released on Thursday, February 14.  The comment period will be for 45 days and will end on Monday, April 1, 2013.

A copy is available for review at the following locations: 

Petaluma Sonoma County Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma

Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma

The City of Petaluma City Clerks Office & Community Development Office, 11 English St., Petaluma

City of Petaluma Website.  [Link will be provided when available.]

Hard copy purchased at the City Planning Division for cost of production., 11 English St., Petaluma

Letter from City of Petaluma describing the DEIR

October 25 Article in Argus Courier

posted Oct 31, 2012, 11:36 AM by Susan Jaderstro

On October 25, 2012, an article was in the Argus Courier about the progress of the proposed Davidon Development.

Please read the article "Westside housing project gets more scrutiny" for the latest information about the proposed development.

Argus Courier Ad - October 18

posted Oct 31, 2012, 10:42 AM by Susan Jaderstro   [ updated Oct 31, 2012, 1:26 PM ]

Petalumans for Responsible Planning placed a nonpartisan political ad  in the Argus Courier on October 18.  The ad included they survey about the potential Davidon development at Windsor and D.  The Petaluma City Council candidates were asked to respond to the survey.

Follow this link to the actual Petalumans for Responsible ad, which is hard to read.

The following are the responses of the Petaluma City Council Candidates:

Jason Davies

 We can reduce the impacts of this proposal while ensuring a reasonable level of open space with public accessibility. The Red Barn has historic value and there are merits to retaining its current location and preserving the meadow in front of it. I would be interested in working with the developer to lessen the number of houses, and I support a trailhead with a paved path connecting to Helen Putnam from D street. Parking, as well as pedestrian, and bicycle access should included, and I would work to negotiate with Davidon to ensure sufficient open space and wildlife habitats remain.


Mike Healy

This site is designated for very low density residential in the new general plan. The biggest challenge is traffic congestion on D Street, which is already excessive. If that hurdle can be overcome (and it may also control the number of homes that can be built), then an approvable project would (1) stay away from unstable hillsides, (2) have stormwater detention oversized to prevent runoff impacts downstream, (3) probably cluster homes to increase the open space component, (4) include a 300 foot wide urban separator, (5) restore the red barn, and (5) provide another access point to Putnam Park.


Alicia Kae Herries

As a Petaluma Planning Commissioner and candidate for Petaluma City Council, I am committed to complete review of development proposals and full conformance with Petaluma’s 2025 General Plan and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This property, at a western gateway of Petaluma and adjacent to Helen Putnam Regional Park, has many unique features which must be carefully considered when we look to the future. I suggest that all concerned residents contact Petaluma City Councilmembers and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to ensure that your voice is heard!


Gabe Kearney

No response received.


Kathy Miller:

[Responding to each question in the questionnaire]  1. I'd leave the red barn where it is if possible. 2. Review traffic congestion and site plan before determining how many homes can be built. 3. All of the above but probably too costly and the parks maintenance budget is already depleted. 4. Probably near the barn. 5. We'd need oversized detention ponds in place to lessen downstream run-off impacts. 6. I'd need to do more research on the habitat extent and location and hear from experts. 7. It depends on how much money is available. 8. Traffic is my primary concern. I'd like to see a D Street entrance to Putnam Park.


Tiffany Renee

Having attended every council meeting since early 2006, I am quite familiar with the Davidon site and 2008 adoption of its General Plan zoning, including co-authoring the Hillside Protection Ordinance. Low Impact Development (LID) of less than 41 units, keeping within the area’s 340 unit cap, is essential to preserving the thriving Kelly Creek riparian habitat and steep hillside. Early neighborhood participation prior to project application submittal is key to guiding timely, desirable outcomes for all stakeholders, including negotiating on-site protection of sensitive habitat, cultural preservation of the barn in place and securing additional park and open space.

Ad in the Argus Courier

posted Sep 26, 2012, 1:56 PM by Susan Jaderstro   [ updated Oct 7, 2012, 11:04 AM ]

Look for our ad in the Argus Courier on October 18, 2012.  We have asked the Petaluma City Council candidates to give their opinions on the development by Davidon on the land on Windsor and D.  The candidates' answers will be published in a half-page ad in the Argus Courier.

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