Sonoma City Council Votes on UGB Renewal Measure
The Sonoma City Council voted 4 to 1 on Monday, June 29, to approve a ballot measure to renew the existing Urban Growth Boundary for another 20 years. It will go to a vote of the people on the November 3, 2020 General Election.
The UGB can be expanded only with a vote of the people, but allows the City Council to make exceptions for 100 affordable housing outside the UGB if the following conditions are met:
- Land is adjacent to the existing Urban Growth Boundary
- Five acres per year gross maximum
- 20 acres gross over 20 years maximum
- 100% affordable housing – of which 51% must be designated for Low – Very Low income households
- The City Council must find that there is no available land inside the UGB for affordable housing as defined in the city municipal code.
- Four out of five City Council members must approve the exemption
These provisions provide flexibility to build affordable housing outside the UGB if needed while upholding longstanding land use policies to focus new climate-smart growth near schools, shops, services and jobs.
Mayor Logan Harvey voted no on the UGB renewal measure mainly because he did not support the provision recommended by the city attorney and supported by other Council members requiring that infill locations be prioritized before allowing the UGB to expand without a vote. You can listen to the discussion at the City Council meeting website for June 29. https://sonomacity.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=662
The Citizens for the UGB fully support the proposed ballot measure and urge all voters to join us in passing the measure when it goes to the ballot in November.