News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

$3 Million in Grants Awarded to Local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

Posted on April 19, 2018

The California Department of Water Resources recently announced that it will award $1 million to each of Sonoma County’s three Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), serving Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain and Sonoma Valley. The funds will be used to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) for each basin, a requirement of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management...

Council Action Recap – Apr 16 2018

Posted on April 16, 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.

City Council Meeting – April 16

Posted on April 16, 2018

The next regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, April 16 at 6 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports. Items on the regular calendar to be considered by the City Council include: Discussion, Consideration, and Possible Action to Adopt a Resolution to Approve the 2018 Citywide Slurry Seal...

Cannabis Town Hall #2 Review

Posted on April 16, 2018

About 35 community members attended the second Cannabis Town Hall meeting on April 11, 2018 at the Sonoma Community Center.  The second meeting focused on answering questions from the prior Town Hall, distance requirement options and other regulatory options for specific cannabis businesses, and potential taxing, fee and other administrative issues.  View the Powerpoint Presentation from Cannabis Town Hall #2....

Nathanson Creek Stream Flow Gauge Installation

Posted on April 13, 2018

The Sonoma County Water Agency is installing a stream gauge on Nathanson Creek at Second Street East in Sonoma downstream of the area burned by the October wildfires, providing real-time data to weather forecasters who are responsible for sending out alerts to residents when flashfloods or debris flows may be imminent. The Sonoma County Water...

Drop-in Community Meeting on Wine Tasting Rooms – April 17

Posted on April 12, 2018

The City of Sonoma encourages members of the community to attend a drop-in meeting to bring their questions and provide feedback on issues associated with wine tasting rooms in downtown Sonoma and options for potential regulations. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the City...

Second Water Rate Workshop Reviews Conceptual Financial Plan

Posted on April 10, 2018

Continuing with the work being done by the City’s water rate consultant (Raftelis), a second City Council Workshop was held on March 19, 2018.  The purpose of Study Session #2 was to provide the Council with background information regarding components of the water utility’s financial plan.  The presented Financial Plan is a working draft and...

Staff Report for April 12th Planning Commission Meeting

Posted on April 10, 2018

At the meeting of March 22, 2018, the Planning Commission heard public testimony regarding the proposed reconfiguring and expansion of the Sonoma Cheese Factory as a multi-tenant market place and began its discussion of project issues. However, no formal action was taken on the application except to continue the hearing to April 12, 2018. This action...

S.C.O.P.E. Presentations & Hands Only CPR Training Opportunities

Posted on April 10, 2018

The Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority in conjunction with the Kenwood Fire Protection District is holding a S.C.O.P.E (Sonoma Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) presentation & Hands Only CPR training for the Communities of Glen Ellen, Kenwood & Sonoma.  S.C.O.P.E. program includes emergency response, community preparedness, utility safety, and fire prevention. Hands Only CPR training will...

Sonoma County installs rainfall and stream gauges in burn areas for early flood monitoring system

Posted on April 4, 2018

A series of rain and stream flow gauges have been installed within and downstream of the areas burned by the devastating October wildfires, providing real-time data to weather forecasters who are responsible for sending out alerts to residents when flashfloods or debris flows may be imminent. The gauge installations enhance Sonoma County’s ability to monitor...

Update to the Sonoma PD In-Custody Death Investigation

Posted on April 4, 2018

The Santa Rosa Police Department has released an update in the investigation of the in-custody death of Roderic Cameron on March 28, 2018.  Read the update to the Sonoma PD In-Custody Death Investigation.  Additional press releases will be posted when more information becomes available. The Sonoma Police Department invoked the Fatal Incident Protocol and requested the...

About Town – April 2018 E-Newsletter

Posted on April 3, 2018

The City of Sonoma's inaugural e-newsletter is here -- read 'About Town' for the latest news and updates from city hall including tonight's Wine Tasting Room Drop-In Community Meeting, Cannabis Town Hall #2 and more.

Cannabis Town Hall #1 Review

Posted on March 29, 2018

About 40 community members attended the first Cannabis Town Hall meeting on March 28, 2018 at the Sonoma Community Center.  The first meeting focused on background information, state regulations, overview of dispensaries, testing and manufacturing facilities; and options/issues for municipal regulation. The majority in attendance supported the allowance of cannabis/marijuana businesses with a specific focus on medicinal...

Groundwater recharge pilot study underway in Sonoma Valley

Posted on March 26, 2018

  Preparation for a groundwater recharge pilot study is underway in Sonoma Valley. The study, a joint effort of the Sonoma County Water Agency and the City of Sonoma, is exploring groundwater banking as a method for improving local water supply resiliency and restoring aquifer health. The method of groundwater banking to be studied is...

Drop-in Community Meeting on Wine Tasting Rooms – April 3

Posted on March 26, 2018

The City of Sonoma encourages members of the community to attend a drop-in meeting to bring their questions and provide feedback on issues associated with wine tasting rooms in downtown Sonoma and options for potential regulations. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the City...

Design and Landscaping Review April 17, 2018

Posted on March 22, 2018

An application for Design and Landscape Review will be heard by the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission (DRHPC) at its meeting of April 17, 2018. The hearing will be held in the Community Meeting Room, located at 177 West Napa Street. The DRHPC meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Planning Commission Review of Gateway Project Scheduled for March 29, 2018

Posted on March 22, 2018

Consideration of the proposed Gateway Mixed Use development at 870 Broadway has been re-scheduled to a special meeting of the Planning Commission that will take place on March 29, 2018. The Planning Commission's consideration will include environmental review, as well as the application for use permit and tentative map approvals.

Cannabis Town Hall Meetings – March 28 & April 11

Posted on March 22, 2018

The City of Sonoma is hosting two Town Hall meetings on March 28, 2018 and April 11, 2018 for members of the community to come learn more about potential cannabis regulation and cannabis business options under consideration for the City of Sonoma. The City strongly encourages the public to come learn more about the cannabis industry and...

Updated Materials for Sonoma Cheese Factory

Posted on March 20, 2018

Updated materials have been developed in conjunction with the Sonoma Cheese Factory, scheduled for the Planning Commission meeting of March 22, 2018. These materials, which include updated conditions of approval and mitigation measures, are available for download below.

Council Action Recap – 03.19.18

Posted on March 20, 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.
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