News & Events
PlaceWorks, Inc. Selected for Greenway Planning
The City of Santa Rosa, with help from the Greenway Community Partners, has selected PlaceWorks, Inc. of Berkeley, California, to spearhead a year-long community planning process for the Greenway property. This project will include a General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and an Environmental Impact Report. This process will offer many opportunities for community input during the summer and fall. The consultants will conduct focus groups, surveys, interviews and community workshops so that neighbors and all interested residents can have an opportunity to share their vision of how this land should be used.
City staff members have been working diligently this spring to develop a scope of services and contract. This contract will need to be approved by City Council members at their meeting on Tuesday, June 14th. If all goes well, the consultants should begin their work in July. Stay tuned and plan to attend a workshop this summer! We will share information and dates about upcoming activities as soon as we have them.
Standing Room Crowd for The Time is Now!
Over 275 community members attended the SE Greenway’s Feb. 20 event at Montgomery High. David Koehler, Sonoma Land Trust’s new Executive Director, delivered the keynote address, sharing ideas and community benefits from greenways around the country. Dave worked on the 23-mile San Joaquin River Parkway, a project with many complexities, for several years. He is thrilled that the Southeast Greenway project has a strong community partnership committed to moving it forward.
Erin Morris of the City’s Planning & Economic Development Department presented highlights from her report on Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Constraints – a fascinating portrait of the Greenway property. Chuck Regalia, Assistant City Manager, followed with a road map of the year ahead, emphasizing the importance of community input to determine the best uses for the land.
Members of the Greenway Partnership described their participation, highlighting future opportunities for recreational activities, access to open space, stewardship, and infrastructure improvements on the Greenway.
Students in the Sustainability Program at Montgomery High exhibited their class project – ideas for the Greenway. Several of the Vikings volunteered and were a big help. The Campaign would like to thank Montgomery High for hosting, all of the volunteers who helped with the event and everyone who attended. Stay tuned for updates on the City’s Planning Process and opportunities for involvement!
General Plan Amendment for Greenway Coming in 2016
On October 6th the Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously to initiate a General Plan Amendment and Rezoning of the undeveloped Highway 12 between Farmers Lane and Spring Lake Park. This is a very important and positive step forward for the Southeast Greenway Project!
The General Plan Amendment process will provide many opportunities for community members to share their ideas for the best uses of the Greenway land. Our Community Partnership considers it an essential step towards establishing a fair value for the property and acquiring the land.
We want to acknowledge our Community Partners for their work in support of this accomplishment and send a heartfelt thanks to the many Greenway supporters who showed up on October 6th and encouraged City Council to advance the Southeast Greenway. You made a positive difference!
SE Greenway Campaign Awarded National Park Service Grant!
The Southeast Greenway Campaign has been awarded a National Park Service's "Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance" grant for the coming year. This technical assistance grant will offer the Campaign consultation in the area of communication, helping us determine how best to tell the Greenway story using a variety of media. We look forward to working with the RCTA consultant in the year ahead!