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SVCAC approves Springs project

In a unanimous vote, the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission signed off Wednesday on the proposed Springs mixed-use affordable housing project.

While some of the commissioners had concerns with various parts of the project on Sonoma Highway, just south of the Sonoma Charter School, their concerns weren’t enough to warrant a single “no” vote.

The project, a 60-unit family, affordable housing complex, a 40-unit senior, affordable housing complex, a 6,500-square-foot commercial development, a community garden, a shared playground with the Sonoma Charter School and an easement for the Central Sonoma Valley Trail, proposed by MidPen Housing and the Vailetti Family Trust, is next headed for a hearing with the county Planning Commission sometime in April. From there, it is expected go to the Board ofSupervisors in either May or June.

“We’re on an aggressive schedule,” Scott Johnson, MidPen project manager, told the panel.

He said what makes affordable housing affordable is low-income tax credits, and the county is fast tracking the project’s land-use applications so that MidPen can then go to the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC), which administers two low-income housing tax credit programs – a federal program and a state program – in time for the July allocation.

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