We need your input to prepare a Specific Plan for SDC that meets community needs and the State’s objectives!

Several community meetings have been held over that past five years about the future of the SDC site. The State of California and local community groups, including the Transform SDC coalition, have engaged with the public about community priorities for redevelopment of SDC. This short visioning survey takes the themes and big ideas from these past community engagement efforts as a starting place, and will ask you to weigh in with your vision for SDC’s future.

As the SDC Specific Plan process moves forward, there will be key trade-offs to consider. Whether or not you have participated in SDC visioning exercises in the past, we hope to hear from you about the important priorities and pressing issues for the SDC site and Sonoma Valley.

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The Sonoma Developmental Center site

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* 1. What are the greatest assets of the SDC site? How would you like to see these assets incorporated into SDC’s future?

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* 2. What are some of the key issues facing the SDC site?

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* 3. What are some of the key issues facing Sonoma Valley that have implications for planning SDC?

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* 4. What are some of the key issues facing Sonoma County that have implications for planning SDC?

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* 5. What are some of the key issues facing the State of California that have implications for planning SDC?

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* 6. On a scale of 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree), please score each of the following as priorities for the 200-acre campus. (Note that the California Government Code already establishes the State’s intent in preserving the 750-acre area around the campus as parkland and open space, and detailed planning for that will not be done as part of the Specific Plan.)

  Strongly Disagree Neutral Strongly Agree
Incorporate ecological conservation, and environmental sustainability and resiliency
Preserve historic resources and SDC’s legacy of community care
Accommodate needs of people of diverse backgrounds and interests
Develop a walkable and pedestrian-friendly district
Ensure long-term economic feasibility and ability to pay for infrastructure improvements
Develop new educational and employment opportunities for Sonoma Valley
Promote cultural uses such as performing arts center
Promote business start-up and innovation
Promote development that protects and enhances the community character of Sonoma Valley

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* 7. Much of the infrastructure (water, wastewater systems, roads) and buildings at SDC are in disrepair and will require extensive improvements to meet needs for new residents and workers. Which of the following uses should be considered to help pay for improvements and ensure long-term economic sustainability? Check all that apply.

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* 8. How best do you think historic preservation should be balanced with the need of new development? (Check all that you agree with)

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* 9. Which of the following types of housing are most desirable at SDC? (Check all that apply)

Answers to the following optional questions will help us prepare a Specific Plan that is more responsive to community needs. 

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* 10. Optional: What is your relationship with the SDC site? (check all that apply)

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* 11. Optional: What is your Zip Code?

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* 12. Optional: What is your age range?

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* 13. Optional: Have you been involved in other visioning or outreach activities focused on SDC’s future?

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* 14. Optional: Are you involved with any local community groups that might be interested in participating in the SDC planning process?

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