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SVCAC moves to expand boundaries

The Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission met Wednesday to discuss changing its boundaries and to plan future meetings based on group concerns.

The primary focus at the Oct. 23 meeting was to follow up after the Sept. 25 meeting, at which the group voted to recommend changing its boundaries to follow the Sonoma Creek watershed with the exclusion of areas in Santa Rosa and the second supervisorial district (Sonoma Raceway).

The joint powers agreement, which governs the commission and authorizes it under both county and city jurisdiction to review planning and development proposals, is set to expire at the end of this year. The group must decide to make any recommendations about boundary expansion to the two governing bodies to give them enough time to approve a proposal.

SVCAC’s current boundaries were set more than 20 years ago when the commission was created, and used the boundaries of Planning Area 9 to divide projects amongst area planning commissions. But the current boundaries have come under scrutiny because they bisect Kenwood and do not reflect what many commissioners consider Sonoma Valley.

At the September meeting, the panel selected Chair Mark Bramfitt, Commissioners Rochelle Campana and Sean Bellach, and Ex-Officio Commissioner Greg Carr to meet with 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin about the expansion, and to create a map to present to the Sonoma City Council and the Board of Supervisors.

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