Hichwa, Conservation Committee Chair
A large commercial development proposed for
agriculturally zoned property
Time is short: a PUBLIC HEARING to issue a Use Permit and to approve the project WITHOUT an Environmental Impact Report is scheduled for Thursday November 9 at 2:30 pm at the Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) located at 2550 Ventura Ave. in Santa Rosa. Anyone with concerns about this project should attend the public hearing and voice their disapproval.
In addition, you can write a letter to:
Ms. Traci Tesconi
Refer to: Project #UPE 05-0034 True North Health
Based on the evidence in the record and the
sensitivity of the site, AT
Development is proposed for a 27-acre agricultural
parcel just south of
The applicant, "True North Health", proposes approximately 30,000 sq. ft. of structures including a 29-bed live-in facility, 50 lighted parking spaces and private offices. There would also be a "commercial kitchen", a barn, greenhouse and a private residence with a garage and granny unit.
The applicant for the project has indicated he will set aside 11 acres of the marsh in a conservation easement, however, we are concerned that there is no buffer between the wetland and development footprint. A large, mound septic system would be situated on higher ground directly above the marsh and the project is expected to use at least 3,600 gallons of water per day from a deep well not yet constructed at the site. The on-site access road to parts of the development is 1680 feet long (nearly 5 football fields) and has two bridges over the wetland.
Several regulatory agencies have expressed
concern. U.S.Fish and Wildlife
We feel that once a large commercial development
is on this site, there is