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Sonoma City Council nixes Nicora Place appeal

The appeal of a Planning Commission decision to approve an 18-unit, single-family home development on West Spain Street was denied by the Sonoma City Council Monday.

On a 3-2 vote, the council upheld the commission’s approval of Nicora Place, with one modification that will require a single story garage for one of the lots on the west side of the project, to allow for better lighting and privacy for the neighboring condominiums.

Voting to approve were Steve Barbose, Laurie Gallian and Ken Brown. Tom Rouse and David Cook would have allowed the project to stand without modification.

“These are the tough ones because we know infill is going to occur in the city,” said Rouse. He added that medium- and high-density projects are difficult to accept, especially if the properties they are built on have been open areas for a long time.

The appeal was filed by Georgette Darcy on behalf of two neighboring condominium communities, Sonoma Gardens and Sonoma Park, both of which flank the proposed housing. In a point-by-point discussion, Darcy identified goals and tenets of the Development Code as it relates to Planned Unit Developments and argued that the project did not meet the criteria.


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