About 50,000 gallons of Petaluma drinking water are being trucked out of town each day for some other purpose — agriculture, construction, filling swimming pools. And with the drought quickly becoming a top priority, city officials are looking into that long-standing practice.
A 1906 farmhouse, one of the last on Petaluma’s suburban east side, was officially declared a local landmark Monday, affording the home built by Danish immigrants a place in the city’s future.
For the second time in four years, the Petaluma Planning Commission has undergone a wholesale makeover, this time at the hands of the business friendly City Council majority.
Petaluma’s city leaders Monday night dug into the structure and risks of the planned Sonoma Clean Power Authority, an alternative to utility giant PG&E promised to bring a greener product to county residents.
A proposed housing, retail and hotel development along the Petaluma River brings with it the promise of nearly 2,500 temporary and permanent jobs.
The Petaluma City Council, despite some reservations, has directed its staff to forge ahead with a draft environmental impact report that analyzes the city’s largest housing subdivision in almost a decade. During a 4½-hour hearing for the Davidon Homes project on hilly land on the western outskirts of town, the council Monday said it wanted more information in the final document on water drainage, potential landslides, noise, wildlife protection, traffic and preservation plans for a historic barn on the former Scott Ranch property.
Massage therapists in Petaluma may have wondered what decade they were in following discussion of a proposed ordinance regulating their profession. Police Chief Pat Williams presented the proposed new ordinance to the City Council this week, noting that occasional investigations have exposed prostitution operations masquerading as legitimate massage businesses.