Southeast Greenway

PROJECT UPDATE

The Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Southeast Greenway project is now available for public review.

The Revised Draft EIR is being circulated for a 45-day public review period, which begins on January 28, 2019 and will end on March 13, 2019.  

Please submit any written comments on the Revised Draft EIR, with "southeast Greenway EIR in the subject line", to:

Jessica Jones
City of Santa Rosa
100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 3
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

A link to the Revised Draft EIR is provided below, and is also on the project website (www.planthegreenway.com).  

Copies of the Revised Draft EIR will also be available for review at the following locations:

  1. Two locations at Santa Rosa City Hall (100 Santa Rosa Avenue):
    • Planning and Economic Development Department (Room 3); and
    • The City Manager's Office (Room 10)
  2. The Central Sonoma County Library (211 E Street, Santa Rosa)
The Revised Draft EIR focuses on two sections, the Transportation and Circulation section and the Noise section.  The revisions include new analysis of potential future impacts of the project without the Farmers Lane extension (see background information below).  

A public hearing on the Revised Draft EIR, which will focus on the revised sections only, is scheduled for review by the Planning Commission on February 14, 2019, at or after 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue (see public hearing notice).

At this time, staff anticipates that the project, which includes action on a General Plan Amendment and Rezoning, as well as the EIR, will be scheduled for review by the Planning Commission in May 2019 and by the City Council in July 2019.

Background

During the initial Draft EIR public review period, which ended on October 4, 2017, the City received numerous comments including one that questioned the adequacy of the traffic analysis. Specifically, the Draft EIR provides analysis of the proposed project’s future traffic impacts assuming that the Farmers Lane extension is completed.  Although the extension of Farmers Lane is a long-term project, because it is identified in the Santa Rosa General Plan as a future roadway, the EIR analysis must identify it and consider the project impacts as if the extension is complete. However, because of the long-term nature of the extension, the commenter questioned the analysis, stating that review of the potential project impacts without the Farmers Lane extension must also be completed.

Due to the impact on staff resources related to the October 2017 wildfires, as well as staff work on the Council’s existing priorities, most notably implementation of the City’s Housing Action Plan, work on the Southeast Greenway project was put on hold.

The additional traffic analysis has now been completed and a Revised Draft EIR has been prepare

  1. Jessica Jones

    Supervising Planner - Advance Planning
    Phone: 707-543-3410

The Southeast Greenway is a 57 acre area of undeveloped land, which was previously intended to be an extension of Highway 12.  The property, which is currently owned by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), follows a 1.9-mile linear path from Farmers Lane/Highway 12 to Spring Lake Regional Park (see aerial map below).

For additional information please see below, or visit the project website at www.planthegreenway.com.  

You may also sign up to be on the e-mail distribution list at www.planthegreenway.com

Southeast Greenway Aerial

Project Description

The Southeast Greenway Community Partnership, including the City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Water Agency, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma Land Trust, LandPaths, and the Southeast Greenway Campaign, have come together to plan for the acquisition of the 57 acres illustrated above.  

The City Council initiated a General Plan Amendment and Rezoning in fall 2015 to designate land uses for the site, which, because it was intended for a future highway extension, currently does not have a General Plan land use designation or zoning district.  As part of the planning process, two community workshops were held, one in August 2016 and one in October 2016, to understand residents’ land use preferences for the site.  

The Planning Commission and City Council held a joint study session on November 1, 2016 to consider information from the workshops, along with draft guiding principles and three land use and circulation alternatives.  From the feedback provided at that session, along with input from the community workshops, community survey, and Technical Advisory and Partnership Committees, a Preferred Alternative was been developed (illustrated below, or click the link to view a separate PDF document).  

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Southeast Greenway Project Information and Project Documents

To view all project documents (including the Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Constraints Report, and Community Workshop Summaries) and to learn out to get involved, please visit the Southeast Greenway project website at www.planthegreenway.com.


Draft EIR

On August 21, 2017 the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was released for public review.  The Draft EIR analyzes the potential impacts of the proposed project, which includes proposed General Plan land use designations for the 57 acres, as well as implementing zoning districts, and proposed text amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Code that would support the community vision.  

The 45-day public review period ended on October 4, 2017.  Electronic copies of the Draft EIR can be found by clicking on the links below, or on the links provided on the project website (www.planthegreenway.com).  

Below are links to the Draft EIR (which can also be found at www.planthegreenway.com):

Southeast Greenway Draft EIR (full document)

Southeast Greenway Draft EIR Individual Sections:

Draft EIR Appendices