Our Measure B ballot initiative to limit the size of new hotels lost by 124
votes. Now we go back to Plan A, engaging citizens in preserving our small town
character through the application approval process.
Nearly 2,000 citizens voted in favor of Measure B and our many voices will
continue to bear on decisions and elections.
The next issue looming for Sonoma is the proliferation of Wine Bars. Nearly 30 already dot the downtown, and more are coming unless some limitations are placed on the total number. The Planning Commission has sent recommendations to the City Council, but has not recommended ANY limits on the total number. With hundreds of wineries waiting in the wings, Sonoma Plaza might end up an open-air wine-aisle supermarket. A recent study session of the City Council and Planning Commission indicates that use permits may be required for new, additional wine-tasting rooms and wine bars, but continued community support for even this modest level of regulation is essential.
We have also recently participated in the community meetings pertaining to development of the Sonoma Truck and Auto parcel at MacArthur and Broadway. We advocated that resident-centric development be the highest priority in development and that an "Ox-Bow" style public market providing an outlet for local farmers, food purveyors and local producers of products would be a benefit to the community. Combined with housing and a small hotel, the developer seems inclined to pursue the idea and presented plans accordingly at recent community input meetings.
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