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Sonoma City Council to hear Nicora Place appeal

Planning Commission approval for the 18-unit, single-family-home, planned development called Nicora Place, in the 800 block of West Spain Street, has been appealed to the City Council, which will hear the matter at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 4.

The 2-acre, planned development was approved on a 6-1 vote by the Planning Commission on Sept. 26. That decision was then appealed by Georgette Darcy, on behalf of the Sonoma Gardens Homeowner’s Association and the Sonoma Park Homeowner’s Association.

Darcy’s appeal cited issues of incompatibility with surrounding developments, including privacy and sunlight encroachment from the planned two-story buildings, along with a potential reduction in property values.

Developer Steve Ledson had already revised the proposed plans, reducing the number of residences from 19 units, increasing setbacks and offering partial-two-story designs on some units.

City staff are recommending the council deny the appeal and uphold the Planning Commission decision.

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