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Background Documents / Existing Conditions

Community Engagement

Land Use and Circulation Alternatives

Based on the input provided by the technical advisory committee, community members, survey responses, and elected officials, three alternatives were developed for consideration.

Preferred Alternative

The Draft Preferred Alternative was presented to a joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission on March 28, 2017. Based on direction received the preferred alternative was finalized. Below are links to the illustrative drawing of the Preferred Alternative, as well as the memo describing the Preferred Alternative.

Notice of Preparation (NOP)

The notice of preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Southeast Greenway General Plan Amendment and Rezoning project was released on April 24th, 2017. It initiates a 30-day review period which ends at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Draft Environmental Impact Report

The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Southeast Greenway General Plan Amendment and Rezoning project was released on August 21, 2017. The Draft EIR provides environmental analysis on proposed amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Code, as well as Rezoning for the area. The Draft EIR will have 45-day review period which ends at 5:00 p.m. on October 4, 2017. Please click on the file below to review and download (note: this file will take some time to download).

Public Hearing Notice: Planning Commission September 14, 2017

The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Southeast Greenway General Plan Amendment and Rezoning on September 14, 2017. Please click on the file below to review and download the public hearing notice with more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Southeast Greenway?

The Southeast Greenway is approximately 57 acres of unused land owned by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). It extends 1.9 miles east of the end of Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa, and was originally acquired by Caltrans to be part of a freeway extension of Highway 12 into Sonoma Valley. In 2014, Caltrans determined that the freeway would not be built, meaning the land could be transferred or sold.

What is happening to the property now?

The City of Santa Rosa has joined with Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma County Water Agency, LandPaths, the Southeast Greenway Campaign and Sonoma Land Trust in a collaborative effort to achieve the transfer of land from Caltrans to local control. Together these parties make up the Southeast Greenway Community Partnership (the Partnership), which intends to plan, develop and manage the land.

What needs to occur to transfer the property to the Partnership?

By California State law, Caltrans must receive fair market value for land it sells. The value must be negotiated and agreed on by both parties, and the Partnership will need to raise the funds to purchase the land. Caltrans is legally prevented from donating the land, or accepting less than fair market value.

Why does the land need a planning process?

The Southeast Greenway land does not have a “land use designation” in the City’s current General Plan (Santa Rosa General Plan 2035, available online). The General Plan is the document that regulates the physical development and growth of a City. It is required by State law, and it has a long range focus, looking 20 years into the future.

The designation tells a property owner how the land can be used, now and in the future. Typical examples of land use designations are residential, retail services and parks and open space. The Partnership has decided that the best way to proceed with land acquisition is to first amend the General Plan by adopting a new land use map that shows a designation (or several designations) on the Greenway land. When the General Plan is amended, the Zoning Code will also be amended, as it implements the goals and policies of the General Plan.

What are the steps of the process?

The process of creating the General Plan Amendment (GPA) and Rezoning will be a public process. Over the next year there will be two public workshops and other public meetings that will first develop a set of guidelines and alternative ideas about what should happen to the land, followed by preferred alternative map and other information that will make up the GPA. The GPA and Rezoning will be reviewed through an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is also developed through a public process. The GPA, Rezoning and EIR will need to be adopted by the City Council in public hearings.

How long will the planning process take?

It’s anticipated that the GPA, Rezoning, and EIR process should be complete by January 2017.

Is there a current plan for what uses should be on the land?

As outlined in Santa Rosa City Council Resolution No. 28696, the Council directed an initial land use vision of designating the majority of the site for Parks and Recreation to facilitate local public agency acquisition and future development of a linear park and Class 1 bicycle path connecting Farmers Lane to Spring Lake Regional Park, as envisioned by the Southeast Greenway Community Partnership. The Council also directed that other land uses be considered in some locations on the site, including Retail and Business Services at the northeast corner of Hoen Avenue and Farmers Lane to facilitate retail development along Farmers Lane, higher density residential to facilitate future construction of affordable housing, Public/Institutional land uses near Montgomery High School for possible education-related uses, and other land uses which emerge through an extensive community engagement process that will involve significant public input.

When will the land be developed?

It is not known exactly but it will probably take several years. Once the GPA and Zoning are adopted, the Partnership will work with Caltrans to have the land appraised. Then the Partnership can raise funds to purchase the land. After the land is purchased, a detailed plan for the land would be developed and steps identified for funding the improvements, operations and maintenance.

Can I be involved?

Yes! Please sign up to be on our email list and check our website for the latest information! If you have questions or can’t attend a meeting, please feel free to contact Jessica Jones, City of Santa Rosa at 707-543-3410 or via email at