Saturday, October 22, 2016

S.R. City Council Agenda, Oct 25th


Thanks to our friend, Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa, for her analysis of this week's City Council Agenda.

Friends:    There is a 3PM Study Session before the 4PM meeting.

3.1 Groundwater Sustainability Agency Formation Update  This might sound esoteric, but it will mean a lot in the future for what water comes out of your faucet.
The State mandates that certain watersheds of concern will create oversight agencies to protect groundwater.  There are 3 in Sonoma County: Santa Rosa Plain, Petaluma and Sonoma Valley.
The way the State Board has this set up, the agencies will be lead by elected leaders from the cities and from the county.  There are some (such as the Sonoma County Water Coalition) who believe alternatives would better serve the area, especially since almost all city water users are served by water obtained from the Russian River.  A lot of rural well-owners will not be represented and/or part of the discussion.  This will be an interesting staff report. See below.

4PM Meeting
12.3 Ordinance Adoption regarding a change in zoning policy for certain designations of land use.   This is one of the votes (along with the next two items) to prepare for the annexation of Roseland, according to the plan approved by the Council last week.  These are confirmatory votes.

12.4 Ordinance Adoption regarding reclassification of 190 properties in the Roseland Area/Sebastopol Road Specific Plan (RASR Plan).

12.5 Prezoning of 1606 Properties in the RASR Specific Plan area

   Here is a map of the proposed project area: Map.pdf

14.1 Extension of the Proclamation of Homeless Emergency  The Council first voted to Declare a Homeless Emergency on 8/9/16 and the declaration must be reviewed and renewed every 30 days in order for many types of funding and programs to be possible.

Staff also recommend sending letters to our Congressional representatives seeking support for change to the  of Continuum of Care Care Funding Formula

20. Upcoming meetings

See you there!   Anne

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