Lets support the General Plan: Downtown survives on tourists, lifestyle retailers

By Laney Thornton


As a 30-plus-year Sonoma property owner, and as a board member of Greenbelt Alliance, I strongly oppose Measure B. For the past 20 years, Greenbelt Alliance has worked to put teeth into the General Plans of Sonoma County cities by helping local communities pass Urban Growth Boundaries around themselves to prohibit haphazard, non-conforming development outside city limits – what we call suburban sprawl.

This highly-successful campaign by Greenbelt Alliance and others has been overwhelmingly approved by voters in each of the nine towns and incorporated cities in Sonoma County.

In fact, Sonoma is the only example of democratically-initiated, “European style,” county-wide zoning to be found anywhere in the country. It is something that county residents have good reason to feel proud of.

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