SVCAC eyes new boundaries

The Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission voted Wednesday night to expand its boundaries, changing its jurisdiction. The panel concluded it would recommend that its two governing entities, Sonoma City Council and Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, redraw its boundaries consistent with those of the Sonoma Creek Watershed – excluding Santa Rosa and areas in the 2nd Supervisorial District.

The decision came after the commission heard comments from the public and discussed members’ concerns.

SVCAC Chair Mark Bramfitt explained time was of the essence to make a decision at the Sept. 25 meeting, as the panel’s governing joint powers agreement, which authorizes it under the county and city to review planning and development proposals, is set to expire at the end of this year. The group must, therefore, decide whether it will recommend boundary expansion to the two governing bodies and give them enough time to approve a proposal.

Bramfitt went on to say the SVCAC’s current boundaries were set more than 20 years ago when the commission was created, and used the boundaries of Planning Area 9 as an easy way to divide projects amongst area planning commissions. The problem, he said, is those boundaries “uncomfortably bifurcate the village of Kenwood.”

Rochelle Campana lives in Kenwood and initially brought up the boundary expansion when she realized the current boundary line is Sonoma Creek. That means Kenwood and Glen Ellen residents who live on the side of Sonoma Creek away from Highway 12 or who live in parts of Kenwood that are northwest of Adobe Canyon Road, are not in SVCAC jurisdiction.

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