Don’t develop Hanna’s priceless asset
Hanna Boys Center for troubled youth, in Sonoma Valley, is about to make a serious mistake.
One of the most regrettable things an institution can do is sell precious property in a real estate gamble for short-term gain. This is exactly Hanna plan.
Their proposed development of two adjoining properties requires an amendment to the Sonoma County General Plan. The zoning on one property is PF/public facilities, and is original property deeded to Hanna Boys Center by J.B. Morris 60 years ago for the specific use of Hanna Boys. Amending the General Plan may occur when there is clear public benefit. It is clear the public will benefit most from not changing the General Plan.
This untouched, wild area is the most beautiful part of the entire Hanna property. The proposed building envelopes, in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain, feature inspiring views in every direction. If Hanna’s plan goes forward, the boys will lose a treasure chest of California ecology and outdoor learning waiting to be opened.
The general plan exists to prevent well-intentioned efforts from becoming lasting mistakes. As wild area disappears, this property will increase in value. In only a few years, Hanna Boys Center will thank those who protected this priceless asset for its rightful owners, the boys of Hanna.