Southeast Greenway

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).

Southeast Greenway Aerial

Project Description

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

The City Council initiated a General PlanAmendment 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, twocommunity workshops were held, one in August 2016 and one in October 2016, to understand residents’ land use preferences forthe site.  

The Planning Commission andCity Council held a joint study session on November 1, 2016 to considerinformation from the workshops, along with draft guiding principles and three landuse and circulation alternatives.  Fromthe feedback provided at that session, along with input from the communityworkshops, community survey, and Technical Advisory and Partnership Committees,a Draft Preferred Alternative was been developed (illustrated below).  


Southeast Greenway Project Information

For detailed project information, and to learn out to get involved, please visit the Southeast Greenway Campaign's project website at

Project Timeline and Next Steps

The City is currently developing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that will analyze the potential impacts of the proposed project, which includes development of General Plan land use designations for the 57 acres, as well as implementing zoning districts.  The Draft EIR is anticipated to be available for public review at the end of August 2017, with a public hearing to receive comments on the Draft EIR to be held in mid-September 2017.  

The next step will be certification of the EIR and review of the proposed General Plan land use designations and rezoning.  It is anticipated that this actions will be scheduled for review by the Planning Commission in December 2017, and by the City Council in January/February 2018.

The Below is a graphic that illustrates the anticipated project timeline.

Southeast Greenway Schedule

Contact Information

Jessica Jones, Supervising Planner
​Planning and Economic Development Department
​Phone: (707) 543-3410