Saggio Hills, the long delayed luxury hotel and residential development on the north fringe of Healdsburg, is moving forward again after being hobbled by legal challenges and a downturn in the economy.
A citizens’ group seeking to limit the size of new hotels and retain Healdsburg’s small town character got some defensive reactions Monday night from City Council members and others who praised the city’s ability to handle growth and preserve the quality of life.
A citizens’ group that’s battled hotel development in Healdsburg in the name of protecting small town charm is mailing out flyers this week to all registered voters in the city to “create public awareness” on growth issues and enlist support for its goals.
The upscale lodging chain that planned a large, controversial hotel in downtown Healdsburg has decided not to pursue an alternative, smaller project.
Healdsburg is undergoing a deliberate soul-searching exercise as it struggles with the tension between tourism, the needs of local residents and the town’s future direction.