News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

Storey Poles for Gateway Project Available for Viewing

Posted on September 20, 2018

Storey Poles have been installed at the Gateway project site and will be available for viewing through September 28, 2018. The purpose of the poles is to depict the location and footprint of the proposed buildings, and ultimate height, to provide the public with visual information regarding the proposed project.  The eave level of each proposed building...

Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Budget Available Online

Posted on September 20, 2018

The current adopted budget for the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 is now available to view or download in four (4) parts from the City's website.  See the Current Adopted Budget - Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. The Finance Department is primarily responsible for the development and preparation of the City of...

City Council Meeting – September 24, 2018

Posted on September 20, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, September 24th at 6 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports. There are no items on the regular calendar. However, there are two items under Public Hearing. The two Pubic Hearing items to be considered by the City Council are: First reading of...

County of Sonoma Encourages Residents and Visitors to be Prepared for Red Flag Warning

Posted on September 19, 2018

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of Sonoma County which is in effect from 11 pm Wednesday to 5 pm Thursday evening. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions comprised of strong winds and low relative humidity are either occurring now, or will shortly. Fire Departments and...

North Bay Workforce Housing Survey

Posted on September 19, 2018

Rebuild North Bay Foundation is seeking your input. We need housing. The question then is "What kinds of housing?"Our solutions might be as diverse as our workforce. More information is needed as to what workforce wants and needs according to age, income, sector, etc. Whatever we do now will affect our housing stock for decades...

Citywide Slurry Seal Project Construction Begins Week of September 24

Posted on September 19, 2018

The City of Sonoma is expected to start construction on the 2018 Citywide Slurry Seal Project (project) the week of September 24, 2018. This project is part of the City’s commitment to keeping the City’s streets in a safe and functional condition for multi-modal circulation. On August 20th, 2018, the City Council awarded a construction...

Verizon Small Cell Tower Applications – Update and Modified Timeline

Posted on September 18, 2018

The City has requested additional information from Verizon regarding vaulting (undergrounding of equipment) and other aesthetic information. Verizon required additional time to put this information together and the August 30, 2018 meeting of the Planning Commission was cancelled. The City and Verizon have set November 8, 2018 as the date for the Planning Commission to...

Sonoma Overlook Trail Rehabilitation and Reroute Opening Delayed

Posted on September 17, 2018

Lower portion of the trail to be closed through winter, a decision regarding the upper portion of the trail is pending. The Sonoma Overlook Trail Rehabilitation and Reroute Project (Project) opening originally scheduled for mid-September has been postponed to a date yet to be determined, to protect the community’s investment in the trail. The City, in...

Special City Council Meeting & Regular City Council Meeting – September 17

Posted on September 13, 2018

A Special City Council meeting and Regular City Council meeting are scheduled for Monday, September 17, 2018. A discussion on City Council's long range agenda (through December 31, 2018) will take place at the special meeting of the Sonoma City Council at 4:30pm. See the full agenda. Following the special meeting, a regular meeting of Sonoma City...

Wine Tasting Room Moratorium Update

Posted on September 13, 2018

In 2017, the City Council placed a moratorium on wine tasting room facilities in order to review regulations in a thorough manner. In 2018, the City held a number of community outreach meetings, researched other jurisdictions and options, and held a policy discussion with the Planning Commission. Unfortunately, with other priorities and overall workload, revised...

Permanent Ordinance for Cannabis Regulations Schedule

Posted on September 10, 2018

At the Special City Council meeting on May 30, 2018, the City Council provided direction to staff regarding the development of permanent cannabis regulations, including: allowing the outdoor personal cultivation of three (3) plants with parameters; allowing medicinal cannabis deliveries from licensed dispensaries located outside of City limits; and prohibiting a medicinal dispensary, testing facilities and...

Council Action Recap – 9.05.18

Posted on September 7, 2018

The Council Action Recap captures the actions taken by the City Council at their meeting. If you would like to view the video of the meeting you can do so on the City’s CivicWeb Portal.

Sonoma County Testing Alerts and Warning Systems – September 10 & 12

Posted on September 5, 2018

On September 10, 2018 and September 12, 2018 Sonoma County will test the alert and warning systems. You may receive a phone call, an alert on your mobile device, or experience interruptions in local radio and television. What to Expect >September 10, 2018: Phone Call - Around 6 PM, Sonoma County will call all SoCoAlert subscribers,...

City of Sonoma Offices Closed Monday – September 3

Posted on August 31, 2018

The City of Sonoma offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2018 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

Planning Commission Special Meeting to Receive Comments on “Hotel Project Sonoma” – September 4, 2018

Posted on August 31, 2018

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on Revised Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the  "Hotel Project Sonoma" on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at the City Council Chambers at 177 First Street West at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be to review and receive comments on the Revised Environmental...

City Council Meeting – September 5, 2018

Posted on August 30, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, September 5th at 6 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports. Items on the regular calendar to be considered by the City Council include: Commission/Committee Appointment Policy Update Appointments of an Alternate member to the Cultural & Fine Arts Commission and Youth...

Modified Building Inspection Hours

Posted on August 28, 2018

Due to staffing availability, building inspection hours will be slightly reduced until such time that building department staffing levels return to normal.  Effective immediately, building inspections may be scheduled for mornings or early afternoons on Mondays through Thursdays and mornings only on Fridays.  No late afternoon inspections may be scheduled. Thank you for your understanding.

No-Discharge Water Main Flushing Begins August 27

Posted on August 24, 2018

A no-discharge water main flushing system is to be used to flush some of the City’s water mains beginning on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM by ValveTek Utility Services, Inc (ValveTek). The project is expected to last approximately nine (9) days.  ValveTek will start flushing mains in the Fryer Creek neighborhood and then...

No-Discharge Water Main Flushing

Posted on August 23, 2018

Residents, visitors, and businesses in Sonoma count on the City to deliver high quality, dependable water for a variety of community needs including consumption, irrigation, and fire protection. The water entering the distribution system is of very high quality. Water quality can deteriorate in water distribution mains, so flushing is conducted to remove impurities or...

Three Years of Proposed Water Rates Approved – New Rates Effective September 1, 2018

Posted on August 23, 2018

In January 2018, the City hired a consultant to prepare a detailed review of the City's water rates, see the 2018 Water Rate Study.  The City Council received the report on June 25, 2018, and agreed rate adjustments are needed to continue providing a reliable water supply.  Notices concerning proposed water rate increases were sent to City water...
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