Durable Growth

Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of July 17

Pedestrian bridge toward downtown Petaluma

Another week, another chance to be an advocate for urbanism. The big event of the week is the Sonoma County Supervisors vote on community separators, although the Rohnert Park Town Hall Meeting could also be interesting.

Besides, it’s always a good week to take public positions in favor of […]

Durable Growth, Government, Transportation

Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of July 10

We may not yet be in the doldrums of summer, but they seem to be getting closer. There is only a handful of interesting meetings next week and those are more about information than urbanist advocacy. But information remains power, so I hope to see familiar faces as I gather information.

Meetings this Week

Sonoma-Marin […]

Durable Growth, Government

Putting up a strawman inside the community separators

I’ve previously written about the Sonoma County community separators, delineated areas between towns in which only limited land use development is allowed, permitting the towns to retain distinct identities. Supporters of the separators, of whom there are many, point to the undifferentiated development of the South Bay and the Los Angeles Basin as the fate […]

Durable Growth

Keeping the urbanist toolbelt fully stocked

A community separator near Petaluma

“Community separator” is a term of which many may not be aware, even in the North Bay, but community separators will be getting serious attention in Sonoma County during 2016. The discussion will be important to urbanism.

In my perfect land-use world, gas would be accurately priced to account […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

On the coherency of transects and urban growth boundaries – Part three

Community Separator near possible train station

In my last two posts, I’ve written about a property swap being considered by SMART, the regional rail authority for the North Bay. Initial planning for the coming SMART train had assumed a second Petaluma train station at corner of McDowell Boulevard and Corona Road. But SMART didn’t […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

On the coherency of transects and urban growth boundaries – Part two

Community Separator

In my last post, I gave the background for a land-use conundrum that has arisen in Petaluma. The regional rail authority, SMART, is reportedly pursuing a land swap that would accelerate development of a second train station in Petaluma and of transit oriented development adjoining the first Petaluma train station. Both are […]