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93-Home Westside Development Back on Table

Would be located at the corner of D Street and Windsor Drive

The city is close to completing a draft environmental impact report on a 93-home development near Helen Putnam Park, the Argus Courier is reporting.

Davidon Homes, a Walnut Creek-based developer, first proposed the project at D Street and Windsor Drive in 2004.

But it was delayed by the recession as well as the city’s preparation of the long-term water plan, according to the paper.

At that time, a group called Petalumans for Responsible Planning raised concerns about impacts on nearby homes, land and the historic red barns now located on the property formerly known as Scott Ranch.

As a result of the feedback, Davidon is considering a more scaled down version of the development, which would have 66 homes. The draft EIR is set to be completed by the end of the year.

To read more about the planned development, pick up a copy of this week’s Argus Courier.

Tony & Julie Traverso October 26, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Is there nothing sacred anymore.... for the love of god please NOOOOOO don't let this happen!!!!!!!!!
SP October 26, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Of all the beautiful places...NOOOO!
D October 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM
This property is within the City limits, correct? It is in the general plan and zoned for residential homes, correct? Please, correct me if I am wrong here. If that is the case and it is in the general plan and zoned for homes then this project fully meets the intent set forth by the City. Tony, Julie and SP, if you and anyone else would like to preserve this property then get the money together to purchase the property for fair market value. I am sure the homes you live in where once a "beautiful place" and was viewed as "sacred" by others.
Mary Jo Wheeler October 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
NO NO NO AND NO !!!!!!
Barry Bussewitz October 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I think your facts are accurate and pertinent here, D. I believe it is also true that out-of-town developer Davidon does not have the same stake in the character and environment of Petaluma as we do. Nor is home build-out directly adjacent to Helen Putnam Park and open space necessarily optimal use of this land. Zoning indicates what can be done in terms of development, not what should be done. According to the Argus Courier (Oct. 25, 2012, pp. A1 & A7), Petalumans for Responsible Planning has worked hard to promote the purchase of this site to make it an open space extension of Helen Putnam. Together with others they are holding $1 million for this possible purchase, but according to the Argus, "Davidon, though , does not appear to be interested in selling the land." I have the idea that continuing to raise both community interest and funding offers a much better vision for this gateway to Petaluma and our landmark Red Barn that welcomes folks coming into our town.
Miguel October 26, 2012 at 07:20 PM
About time, we need some nice new homes on the westside. Hopefully they'll be built better than the Victoria sub-division. Knowing the city it'll take 20 more years to build this...sigh.
David Keller October 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The city has a General Plan policy of greenbelts at the city's edges, and of "feathering" development to reduce building density and impacts as it reaches those open spaces on the margins of the city. I don't believe that the Davidon proposal is in conformity with these policies. Watch the donations to candidates for this election to see what kind of influence Davidon and their development allies are hoping to have: it'll be pretty clear that developers have been supporting Healy and Miller.
cindy October 26, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I totally agree and think it should stop. I am so sad.
Tony & Julie Traverso October 27, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Hey "D" who doesn't identify him or herself, please don't speak directly to us as if you know us. Our family has owned our property near this area for 150+ years so we have a very specific opinion about this and will continue to express it. Feel free to express your opinion as well - about the article, not about us. You have no idea and it's a little out of line.
D October 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Tony & Julie, everyone posting on this topic has a specific opinion about this and I hope they continue to express it regardless. I will continue to express mine about the topic and about posts by folks who also comment. If you post a comment it is open for a reply, that is how the website is set up. I have no idea about what? please explain to me exactly, please educate me. That is what I asked for by my post. I simply pointed out that there are rules and guidelines in place and the developer seems to be attempting to process their project by those rules. And please tell me what I said that was out of line exactly? What seems to be out of line is someone posting on a website and getting their feathers ruffled when someone replies to their post!
Petaluma Seer October 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM
If Healy, and Kearney get back on the council, and Miller who is Healy's running buddy, whom he is grooming, gets voted onto the council, this will be built. Not only will it will be built, but it will be to the developers specifications despite the concerns or any mitigations asked for by the citizens. These Council candidates are being bought off. While on council 2 of them were fiddling, while the city's ambiance, clean air, and character is slowly being destroyed by their agendas and votes. These 3 candidates have reached deep into the pockets of developers, their PR staff, and more. It takes big bucks for those incessant ROBO calls they and their corrupt Campaign Consultant have been sending out asking for your vote. The biggest lie of all this week was about how much those 3 care about Seniors! I watched several seniors express their concerns and begged them for help when they were making development decisions. They turned a deaf ear. A vote for them is a vote for Davidon and their project, on Davidon's terms. Remember this at the polls people, or suffer the consequences.
Active Thinker January 03, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Agree. Stop building homes on open land. It is so gross. Leave the open spaces alone. Don't let Petaluma become a sprawling suburb like so cal is...I came here to enjoy the open lands..yes we need houses. But we have so many already buildt just sitting around.

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