Library Study Group
On Saturday, March 10, 2001, about 30 environmentalists met at
the Sonoma County Library in Santa Rosa to develop consensus on
what transportation and land-use policies the Sonoma County Transportation
Land-Use Coalition should support. Sebastopol Mayor Larry Robinson
facilitated the discussion. Notice of the meeting was widely transmitted
via email to environmental groups including Transland, Conservation
Action, GreenAction, SOCO, Riverissues.
There was consensus to support the following principles and goals.
1. Develop transportation and land-use policies that create developments
with a sense of community, and that reduce and even eliminate
2. Reframe housing and transportation issues: from building
housing to housing people, from providing
transportation to moving people and goods.
3. Find the means to fund public transit operations.
Create Livable/Walkable Communities
- Mixed-use developments with housing, jobs and services within
walking distance of each other.
- Housing affordable for people with very low, low, moderate
and above moderate incomes within walking distance of job sites.
- Residential development downtown
- Housing developments and job sites need good access to public
- Return to tradition street patterns (grid system)
Intra-county transit needs to be improved
- Greatly expanded bus service
- All transit systems coordinated, one pass for all
- More efficient Paratransit
Reduce the drive and park" advantage
- Parking cash-out and other transportation demand management
- No more free parkinganywhere
- Make shopping centers support local shuttles.
- Make future parking lots serve dual purposes, i.e., part of
retail, commercial and/or housing on top.
- Remove parking requirements from the development and put responsibility
on the driver.
- Provide tax and other incentives to reduce vehicle use.
Eliminate hidden subsidies for autos.
- Stops need to be part of high-density communities and town
- Minimize park-and-ride adjacent to stops
- No stops between urban areas
- Needs to be part of a comprehensive multi-modal system
Improve walkways and bikeways
- Implement countywide bike plan
- Implement city bike plans
Keep rural roads safe and calm
- Create Heritage Road designation
- Put money into maintenance, not widening and straightening
Support an initiative or referendum
- to support bikeways, and walkways
- to fund expanded transit operations
The following were proposed but were controversial and received
Widening 101: there was moderate support because its going
to happen anyway.
Create personal rapid transit (PRT): only one vocal
advocate, expensive, PRT is like S-O-V.
Toll lane for the Narrows: some strong feelings for it but not
much public support.
Ferry from Sonoma: environmentally controversial, expensive. Needs
Ferry connection with rail at San Quentin: expensive, encouraging
commute to SF is the wrong direction.
GARVEE Bonds will be considered by the Sonoma County Transportation
Authority as a means to fund 101 widening from Windsor River Road
to Lakeville Highway in Petaluma. Federal and State laws allow
them to borrow perhaps $100 million or more against anticipated
gas tax revenue far into the future. Our position on this needs
to be determined