growth

Fugett Takes the Helm at Conservation Action

Jun 15, 2016

The new head of Sonoma County’s leading environmental advocacy group says she’s spent her life so far preparing for that job.

In addressing many important issues, says Sonoma County Conservation Action's new Executive Director, Kerry Fugett, it's important to keep a focus on the underlying factors that are driving them.

  Accordingly, Fugett says, efforts to rein in urban sprawl need to redirect new housing into vacant or underutilized lands within existing city limits.

Growth Worries Underlie Napa Elections

May 31, 2016
County of Napa

  Two incumbent supervisors are facing brisk challenges in Napa County’s primary election, while voters there are also being asked to approve funding for schools and a new jail.

Rethinking Urban Development

Jan 20, 2016
Joe Minicozzi, Urban 3

  One way to understand the economics of local government is to balance tax revenues against the costs of installing and maintaining civic infrastructure. For most US cities, Santa Rosa included, that does not yield a pretty picture.

   

  Within Santa Rosa, there is as much land allocated to parking as there is to buildings. But when it comes to property taxes, as Joe Minicozzi explains, the economic benefits of those two differing land uses are very different.

A Compromise on Cloverdale’s Growth

Jun 16, 2014

With an eye to the future, Cloverdale proposed expanding to the west and south, some of which alarmed anti-sprawl activists. But the most provocative part of that proposal has now been reined in.

The new, scaled back Cloverdale Urban Growth Boundary is expected to get final approval at the next LAFCO meeting on July second.  The map below shows the originally proposed Urban Growth Boundary expansion.