Posted on: July 13, 2017

Chanate Housing Project Update

Chanate property

On July 11, 2017,  the County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved, on a second reading, a Development and Disposition Agreement authorizing the sale of the 81.56-acre County-owned Chanate property. The agreement for the sale of the property states that the goal of the developer is to construct up to 800 new residential units, including 20% at rates affordable to very low income households, and up to 60 units available to Veterans Supportive Housing (“VASH”) qualified homeless Veterans.

The County's action was a sale of land with financial incentives to encourage the developer to pursue as much housing on the site as possible. No land use or entitlements for the property took place during this action. All land use, entitlements and project evaluation will be done by the City of Santa Rosa and will start once the Developer submits a project to the City. At this time, the City does not have knowledge of when the Developer intends on scheduling a pre-application meeting and submitting their plans.

The City of Santa Rosa is excited for the potential of much needed housing on this site, and looks forward to the next step in the process that will evaluate all the environmental impacts including traffic, seismic zones, protected habitat and other areas covered by CEQA. In addition, the City is committed to working with the public as this project moves forward to ensure an open and transparent process that allows for public input and discussion.

A proposal of this scale and environmental complexity will likely require an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Project entitlements associated with a project as described by the Disposition Agreement approved today, would include a Pre-Application meeting, Neighborhood Meetings, General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, Tentative Map, Design Review, Hillside Development Permit, and possibly a Conditional Use Permit depending on the final project description.

The time-frame for such a project is approximately 18 months. All the actions and decisions above provide opportunities for public input. Once the City receives an application from the developer, staff will produce a complete process and schedule based on what is being proposed. Public meetings will be promoted through various channels including an email list, project website, newspaper ads and onsite signage.

Sign up for project updates

Members of the public may sign up for email updates for this project by clicking here. This project’s goal of supplying a range of housing types supports the City’s Housing Action Plan  as do a number of other housing developments currently in process, specifically downtown and around transit. The City is committed to continue to find new and creative ways to encourage housing for all and looks forward to the public’s participation in addressing key concerns throughout the development process to welcome new units into our community.


Contact David Guhin, Planning & Economic Development Director, at dguhin@srcity.org or 707-543-4299.

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