Sonoma County Residents

DID YOU KNOW?

Due to missteps in the original planning, and permitting process. Sonoma County is now in the position of having large scale commercial cannabis cultivation operations in residential neighborhoods.

When formulating the new rules, Sonoma County specifically intended to exclude cannabis operations from residential areas. Guess what, they didn’t, oops Do over needed.

How would you like a Pot Farm smack in the middle of your neighborhood, where your kids play and ride their bikes and where you walk your dog and where you enjoy the quiet peaceful rural lifestyle you likely worked your whole life to have?

Before you answer, keep in mind that 8 out of the last 10 murders in Sonoma County took place at pot operations…

Problems cited with Cannabis Operations in residential areas:

  • Lowered property values
  • Safety. the fear of parents for their children and restricted outdoor play for children because of vicious dogs being used to protect grows
  • Noise due to massive amounts of air conditioning and generators and cooling systems for lighting
  • Massive amounts of water and electricity required, transformer blow outs, infrastructure load
  • Heavy vehicle traffic on residential streets
  • Response considerations for fire fighters
  • Occupational hazards
  • Taxing police and fire departments, sometimes rural volunteer departments
  • The lack of right to be notified before a grower moves next door
  • The destruction of health and quality of life by pesticides and chemical fertilizers used in a residential neighborhood.

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Sonoma County Residents

DID YOU KNOW?

Most residents of Rohnert Park and affected area residents are not aware that the Rohnert Park city council has approved plans to build 5118 new housing units directly along the Petaluma Hill Road designated scenic corridor:

1893 new housing units in Sonoma Mountain Village
1114 Units North of SSU
1645 Units next to SSU
499 Units South of SSU

Each area includes commercial space – strip malls
75000 new vehicle trips

Recommended scaled-back plans were rejected by the council.

These plans put more than a 20% increase to Rohnert Park’s population directly on the Petaluma Hill Road corridor.

These plans are in violation of the Sonoma County General Plan, Visual Resource Guidelines, Penngrove Area Plan, Sonoma Mountain Plan.

A common theme for these recent approvals was the complete lack of participation by affected homeowners. At least 1 council member indicated that this was their motivation to approve the developer plans. Could it be not a single homeowner is opposed??? Or is it poor communication by the city?

Are you concerned about the impact these projects will have on the quality of life for communities on the Petaluma Hill Road corridor?

IE: Traffic on Petaluma Hill Road, Adobe Road, Main Street…

Impacts on water, infrastructure? Drought???

Make your voice heard in the planning process as it affects this vital part of Sonoma County before it becomes another Expressway, with congestion, sound walls, passing lanes, over-passes….
If you share our concerns about the impact of these projects on our area,
Please join Rural Sonoma.

If we fail, enjoy your 3 hour commute through downtown Penngrove.

Nothing else stands in the way