FAQ Topic: Planning & Building

What is SolarAPP+?

SolarAPP+, short for Solar Automated Permit Processing, is an online web portal that automates the plan review process for issuing permits to qualified contractors to install code-compliant residential (1 & 2 family dwellings, ADU’s) rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Based on California building, electrical, and fire codes, SolarAPP automatically performs a compliance check based on … Continued

How will the public be notified of new parking rules?

The adoption of a ¬†Downtown Parking Management Plan will be conducted at a public meeting of the City Council after it receives recommendations from the Planning Commission. Any new parking rules will be communicated to the public prior to implementation. Individuals can subscribe to receive automatic email updates about the Downtown Parking Management Plan on … Continued

Will the City be installing parking meters around the Plaza?

Priced parking around the Sonoma Plaza is not included in the Phase 1 recommendations and is not being considered at this time. One of the Phase 2 recommendations is the possible implementation of a paid parking program on the Plaza which would likely rely on technology for implementation, rather than physical parking meters for individual … Continued

Why do we need a downtown parking management plan?

The City of Sonoma is home to a unique blend of residential neighborhoods and a historic commercial district. It enjoys a regional status as a key Bay Area visitor destination and is a well-known tourist vacation spot because of the orientation of its Downtown around the Plaza. Combined, the mix of users creates parking issues … Continued

What is a downtown parking management plan?

The purpose of a downtown parking management plan is to identify the parking issues, concerns, and needs, both current and future, and to outline recommendations and strategies for improved and effective management of parking in a downtown area. Historically, a city wishing to “solve its parking problem” in a high-demand area has generally focused on … Continued

How do I find out if there are any affordable housing vacancies in city limits?

Each affordable housing property manages availability and placement for its units. You can contact the properties directly to inquire about availability, see the Affordable Housing Directory for contact information. In addition, you can subscribe to receive automatic email notifications when the City is notified of an available unit.    

How do I apply for affordable housing?

Refer to the County’s Affordable Housing Directory List to locate Affordable Housing Properties – please note that listings for ‘Sonoma’ include housing both within Sonoma City limits and also in unincorporated Sonoma County near the City of Sonoma. Contact the affordable housing properties directly to ask about availability, eligibility, and the application process. Get and … Continued

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