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Supervisors support scaled-back Oakmont kennel expansion

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday signaled support for the controversial expansion of a dog kennel north of Oakmont, albeit as a downsized version.

Work begins on new Oakmont subdivision

Workers have begun grading dirt on what could be the last new home development in the Oakmont senior community in east Santa Rosa.

Court fines Santa Rosa $40,000 in bike access case

A state appeals court has fined the city of Santa Rosa nearly $40,000 for frivolous legal filings in its effort to preserve the right of bicyclists to ride through a gated community near Oakmont.

Zoning board approves kennel expansion near Oakmont

Tensions ran high at a Sonoma County hearing to approve a dog kennel expansion on Highway 12 Thursday. The proposed expansion of Meadows Kennels increases the current 10-dog limit to 35 dogs over two phases, adding overnight boarding. The Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments unanimously approved the kennel expansion after a nearly three hour hearing.

Santa Rosa to pay for Oakmont golf club’s new water hazard

The golf club at the heart of the eastern Santa Rosa retirement community is planning to construct a new 2.5-acre lake in the middle of its driving range as part of a major water conservation project. The new 9-foot-deep lake, modern irrigation system and installation of drought-tolerant turf are expected to reduce the water demand of the semiprivate club’s two 18-hole courses by a third — 40 million gallons per year. But it will be the city’s ratepayers, not the golfers, who will be picking up the $2.8 million tab for the project.

Santa Rosa rejects Elnoka Village project

The City Council voted 6-0 to send the plan back for further study on the visual, traffic and land-use impact of the proposed four-story affordable housing project. Neighbors called the proposed Elnoka Village project a “monstrosity,” but supporters said it would help the city meet its affordable housing goals.

Santa Rosa pot dispensary can stay open – for now

Sonoma County has lost a bid to shut down a medical marijuana dispensary on the eastern outskirts of Santa Rosa, where it has been operating for months without a permit. Staff members say it serves many elderly patients, including people from the nearby Oakmont and Spring Lake Village retirement communities.

Santa Rosa council to review controversial Elnoka project

An environmental report for a controversial affordable housing project next to the Oakmont retirement community heads to the Santa Rosa city council this week. Oakmont is appealing the planning commission’s January approval of the environmental impact report prepared for the 209-unit Elnoka Village project, 30 percent of which will be affordable units.

Oakmont bike path lawsuit stays on track

The city has won the first round in its legal fight to preserve bicycle access through a gated community near Oakmont. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum has ruled that the city’s case can proceed against the Village at Wild Oak neighborhood.

Oakmont fighting affordable housing project

A key chapter in a long-running development debate is coming to a head in Santa Rosa as the politically influential Oakmont retirement community has stepped up its campaign to block an affordable housing project on its northern border.

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