Resilient City Permit Center & Rebuilding Information
HELPING OUR COMMUNITY REBUILD
The City of Santa Rosa is committed to helping residents recover from the October 2017 wildfires. This unprecedented disaster requires a dedicated response, therefore, the City has created the Resilient City Zoning Areas. Building and home owners within six identified neighborhoods affected by the fires will be directed to the Resilient City Permit Center for assistance expediting the process of design, permitting and review. To help review an estimated 3,000 rebuilding permits over the next few years, the City has contracted with an outside firm to support the workload, ensure rebuilding applications are given priority and allow other review work to continue without added delay.
VISIT OR CONTACT THE PERMIT CENTER
Address: 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 6, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm
NOTICE: Priority staff time is given to property owners who have lost their homes or business. If you are a real estate agent, developer, investor, or other such party, please make an appointment to get your questions answered. Appointments are limited to 15 minutes and can be scheduled from 8:30am to 11:30am Monday through Friday by calling 707-543-4649.
New Process for Addressing Over Excavation During Debris Removal (Updated 5.17.18) Fire survivors who believe that too much soil was removed from their property during debris removal should call the Sonoma County Recovers Information Line at (707) 565-1222 by May 31, 2018 to request a site assessment. Cal OES has committed to addressing over excavation issues that occurred as a result of the government-sponsored fire debris removal program. For properties that are determined to be over excavated, the State’s contractor will work quickly to return excess soil that should not have been removed. More Information Opens a New Window.
Fountaingrove Water Quality Advisory and Investigation The Water Department is working determinedly to verify the cause and repair water infrastructure that was damaged in an area of Fountaingrove as a result of the October wildfires. More Information Opens a New Window.
Coffey Park Underground Utilities Replacement PG&E crews will begin building new underground electric and gas utilities in the Coffey Park neighborhood starting Monday, April 2 and aims to complete construction and have permanent gas and electricity turned on by the end of the year. More Information Opens a New Window.
URGENCY ORDINANCES - SMALL LOT STANDARDS (Updated 4.18.18)
On October 24, 2017, to facilitate and expedite reconstruction following the October 2017 wildfires, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance establishing the Resilient City (-RC) Combining Zoning District, to be applied to the base zoning of each property most severely impacted by the fires. As field surveys and new information became available, 21 additional properties with destroyed or damaged structures were identified outside of the -RC District boundaries. City Council unanimously adopted an urgency ordinance to add the -RC District to these properties. The ordinance went into effect immediately.
At the April 3, 2018 City Council meeting, a resident of the Coffey Park area requested that the Council consider amending the -RC Combining District to allow lots smaller than 6,000 square-feet to use the residential small lot development standards, which include reduced setbacks, among other standards. The Council directed staff to meet with residents of the area and bring a proposal back.On May 8, 2018, a motion was made to adopt the urgency ordinance, however, that motion failed by a vote of 3-2 (3 members voting in favor, with 2 members voting against the motion.) Because 5 affirmative votes are required to adopt an urgency ordinance, the motion failed and the ordinance was not adopted.
For additional information, please contact Jessica Jones, Supervising Planner, at (707) 543-3410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW POLICIES TO AID REBUILDING
To get every individual back into their homes and return the community to its health and vibrancy, the City has created new policies, which include:
Expediting review process for hillside development and design review
Waiving fees for discretionary planning, demolition and temporary housing permits
Allowing residents to live in temporary housing units, such as manufactured, tiny homes, and RVs, on their properties while rebuilding
Allowing residents to build detached accessory dwelling units to live in while they are rebuilding their main residence and offering incentives for such units