South High Street to Ives Park

South High Street to Ives Park

The City Council will hold a public hearing as Agenda Item no. 2 of their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 5, to consider funding a feasibility study for for possible new east-west and north-south pedestrian and bicycle trails or other improvements. The study would include public outreach and community workshops, as well as feasibility and alternatives analysis, and may identify amendments to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.  This is a follow-up to the recommendations from the Complete Streets Advisory Committee in November 2014. The staff report for this item is available on the City website

At the November meeting, some of the neighbors of the proposed routes voiced strenuous objections for a variety of reasons, including privacy and safety, but while the study could include City streets, parks and public easements over private property, it would not be focused on particular routes. In addition, the feasibility study grant for the Petaluma-Sebastopol Trail includes study of the portion between the Joe Rodota Trail and the City limits, so an additional feasibility study might not be needed for the north-south route. Alternatives to funding the feasibility study could include support for completing more of the projects already identified in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Consider attending the May 5 meeting to support transportation alternatives for Sebastopol and spread the word. If you are unable to attend, send a note to the Council, care of Mary Gourley, City Clerk:

Laguna de Santa Rosa near Highway 12 crossing

Laguna de Santa Rosa near Highway 12 crossing

The Sebastopol Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands Preserve has been the focus of intense community effort over the last 25 years.

How should the City maintain this resource and deal with the challenges of restoration, invasive species management, and illegal camping?  What access improvements may be needed?  Does the Public Works Department need more resources to maintain the Preserve?  How can disparate properties be better identified and connected?

These are some of the issues that will be discussed at a community workshop on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9am, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street. We hope to see you there!

Laguna Public Meeting 4.25.15 Flyer

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