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Petaluma proceeds with EIR for proposed westside subdivision

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.

Petaluma Planning Commission blasts long-stalled subdivision plan

The Petaluma Planning Commission on Tuesday roundly criticized the draft environmental impact report for a large housing subdivision proposed for the western outskirts of town, with one member calling it ‘completely confusing.’

Rohnert Park planners approve EIR for Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart’s plan to expand its Rohnert Park store by adding a grocery store overcame on Thursday the Planning Commission roadblock it ran into in 2010. This time, planners approved the project’s environmental impact report. The decision delighted officials from Wal-Mart, which has pursued the project for at least four years.

Rainier Avenue undercrossing inches forward in Petaluma

Flooding, traffic relief and the effects of development will be major issues as Petaluma begins a report on a long-planned Rainier Avenue cross-town connector.

EIR released on Sonoma County airport expansion

Sonoma County on Friday released a draft environmental report on a proposed $84 million expansion of Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. The county wants to extend and reconfigure the airport’s two runways, replace the passenger terminal, relocate the air traffic control tower, expand airport buffer zones and make other improvements. The projects would be completed between 2015 and 2030

Judge: Wal-Mart expansion in Rohnert Park needs more study

Wal-Mart’s expansion of its Rohnert Park store hit a bump Thursday when a Sonoma County judge ruled more work is needed on noise and parking issues.

Petaluma council allows Lowe’s study to proceed

The Petaluma City Council late Monday night agreed, with some reservations, to move forward with a final environmental impact report on the controversial Lowe’s-anchored Deer Creek Village shopping center. Councilmembers Teresa Barrett, Tiffany Renee and David Glass expressed concerns about the traffic, greenhouse gases and noise the project may bring to an already congested northeast section of Petaluma.

Critics challenge Lowe’s EIR

A Petaluma neighborhood group that took $150,000 last year from developers to drop its opposition to a Target shopping center is now challenging the legality of the environmental impact report of another, similar-sized proposal anchored by Lowe’s.

Healdsburg approves new Saggio Hills study

After being stalled by a lawsuit for more than a year, Saggio Hills, Healdsburg’s proposed luxury hotel and housing resort, is inching forward with a new round of environmental review.