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The Mission Square project, located on the south side of East Spain Street and just east of the Plaza, will consist of office space, apartment units and parking.

Mission Square project gets final approval

“Fourteen years in the making” sounds like a teaser on a movie trailer. Instead, it’s the amount of time a controversial project now called Mission Square spent going through Sonoma’s planning process. On Thursday, the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission approved on a 5-0 vote the final piece of outstanding business, the design of… Continue Reading >>

Planners OK B&B wine sales

Sonoma Planning Commissioners ruled on wine and tree issues Thursday, during one of their lightest agendas in recent memory.

Design Review eyes monument signs

Monument signs, changes to commercial buildings and continued review of historic preservation policy priorities will fill the Sonoma Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission agenda tonight, Tuesday, April 15.

Tasting rooms, traffic on plan panel agenda

Tasting room regulations are back on the Sonoma Planning Commission agenda Thursday, along with a potpourri of items including a study session on the circulation and housing elements of the city’s general plan.

Youth hostel in Toscano Hotel complex?

While squabbles over tasting rooms, pink doors and pirate flags dominate downtown discussions, a prominent feature of the Plaza is quietly being considered for a transformation.

Rentals, food trolley, bike trail OK’d

Adding to Sonoma’s image as a tourist mecca, the Sonoma Planning Commission unanimously approved turning three office units into vacation rentals Thursday, but this time there’s a twist.

Planning Commission eyes food truck use permit

A diverse menu of items will fill the plate of Sonoma Planning Commissioners Thursday, starting with a review of a use permit for TIPS Tri-Tips, a mobile food trolley at 455 W. Napa, where Sorrento Imports and Café Scooteria are located.

THE SONOMA LEAGUE FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION is integrating new technology into the historic sites it manages. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Historic group takes leap into future

Imagine walking up to a historic building, taking out your smart phone, and scanning the QR code embedded on the building, or even on the brochure in your hand.

The Mission Square project, located on the south side of East Spain Street and just east of the Plaza, will consist of office space, apartment units and parking.

Mission Square appeal denied

Mission Square, a mixed-use development many years in the making, went forward Monday when the Sonoma City Council denied an appeal brought by Simon and Kimberly Blattner, neighbors of the proposed project.

SONOMA CITY MANAGER Carol Giovanatto started out as an account clerk with the City of Cloverdale when she began her government career 38 years ago. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Carol Giovanatto: Up through the ranks

When Carol Giovanatto walks into a room, the air almost vibrates with her style and confidence. Her wardrobe is impeccable, her work is meticulous and her personality resonates with homespun charm.

 
 

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