The Sonoma County General Plan 2020 contains policiescalling for the preparation of Local Area Development Guidelines (Policy LU-1a) which will update Specific Plans prepared in the late 70’s and early 80’ssuch as the West Sebastopol Specific Plan, of which Graton is a part of.Parcels fronting on Highway 116 are also subject to the Highway 116 ScenicCorridor Design Guidelines. In the past five years plans, programs oractivities in this area have included:
Completion of segments for the West County Bike Trail connectingSanta Rosa to the communities of Sebastopol, Graton, Forestville, andthe Russian River The County is in the process of reviewing and adopting a CompleteNeighborhood Overlay Zone to be used in areas such as Graton to identifyopportunities and constraints, and create a plan for future infill developmentand improvements that result in more sustainable, less auto-dependentcommunities. The process associated with the Complete NeighborhoodOverlay Zone would identify the specific environmental constraints andinfrastructure needs associated with alternative growth scenarios. Theability to access programs and funding opportunities at the regional, state,and federal levels will help Sonoma County implement these goals for itsUrban Service Area communities that are designated Priority DevelopmentAreas.
Community Participation/Relevant Planning Processes.
There havebeen no recent community participation or planning processes in Graton.However, the development of any new plans for Graton will includecommunity outreach and participation – particularly with regard to theestablishment of any Complete Neighborhood Overlay zoning district.
Smart Growth Potential.
This area could be a small scale example of transforming a rural area into a more vibrant and complete community bydeveloping an infill strategy with the community that calls for newdevelopment to have a Main Street and rural village character whichenhances the existing rural character and setting. New development wouldalso provide opportunities to improve the appearance and vitality of commercial areas and increase the future local jobs base.Attachments:
Graton Area Overview Map
Graton Land Use Map3.US Census Bureau Local Employment Dynamics Reports:a.Inflow/Outflow Report Graphicb.Home Destination Report Graphicc.Distance/Direction Report Graphic – Work to Home