City of Santa Rosa v. Villages at Wild Oak Association
In City of Santa Rosa v. Villages at Wild Oak Association, County of Sonoma Case No. SCV-248544, the Superior Court resolved a dispute over the Public Access Easement on property owned by The Villages at Wild Oak Association and Roman Catholic Diocese between Channel Drive and White Oak Drive in Santa Rosa. The City asserted that the public may use the Easement as a bike path or horse trail, while the Association and Church argued that the Easement gives the public no such rights. The Easement is depicted as part of "Route 231" on the City of Santa Rosa's 2010 Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan.
The court ruled that the public has the right to use the Easement only as a pedestrian footpath and for emergency vehicle access. The court’s ruling made clear that the public has no right to use the Easement as a bike path or horse trail. That ruling is now final.
Erin Morris, City Manager Fellow
John Fritsch, Assistant City Attorney