Deer Creek 1 – SB-330 Preliminary Application for 559 Dwellings

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Project Description

The project, submitted by Mark Johnson, and the behalf of the J. Cyril Johnson Investment Corp, proposes 559 dwellings within 23 buildings (4 2-story & 19 3-story) on a 42-acre site.

The project would provide 838 parking spaces within garages, carports, and uncovered parking stalls and 559 bicycle parking spaces within garages and bicycle parking rooms. Automobile, emergency, bicycle, and pedestrian access would be provided via an extension of Rainier Avenue (under Highway 101) to connect to the current terminus approximately 800 feet northeast of the site and via an extension of Burlington Drive (over Lynch Creek) to connect to the current terminus approximately 140 feet southeast of the site.

The project would also include a 20,000 square foot clubhouse amenity and leasing building. The site would also include 250,000 square feet of outdoor space, 560,000 square feet of open space along the Petaluma River, and a river trail along the Petaluma River frontage that would connect to the Lynch Creek Trail to the southeast. New landscaping would be provided to include a variety of trees, shrubs, and groundcover. Bio-retention areas are proposed throughout the site to capture and treat stormwater. A water line extension is proposed within Rainer Avenue and a sewer connection would be provided to an existing sewer line along the Petaluma River.

Review and Processing Information

An SB-330 Preliminary Application was submitted on December 12, 2023 (an application for Site Plan and Architectural Review (SPAR) has not been submitted). SB-330 would provide this development with several key benefits:
• Streamlined public review process - Public review of a project’s required General Application(s) is maintained; however, the number of public hearings or meetings is limited to five, including any appeal public hearing, for any project that is consistent with the general plan and objective standards in place when an application is deemed complete.
• Constrained review timeframe - Planning review is still conducted by City staff; however, the amount of time allowed for the City to approve a project that is subject to an EIR is limited by SB 330.
• Establishes opportunity to vest current regulations - SB-330 eligible projects are guaranteed to be processed under applicable regulations in place at the time when eligibility is determined. This guarantee is referred to as "vesting of rights."

More information on the SB-330 processing timeline can be found online:

Project Details

APN(s): 136-100-025
Address: (No Site Address) - Project site bordered by the 101 Freeway to the northeast, Lynch Creek to the southeast, Petaluma River to the southwest, and beyond the site, the alignment of the SMART train to the West.
Zoning: Residential 4 (R4)
File Number: PLPR-2023-0005
Applicant: Mark Johnson
J Cyril Johnson Investment Corp.
125 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
[email protected]

Project Documents

Public Meetings and Hearings

  • N/A

Staff Contact

Greg Powell
Principal Planner
[email protected]

Planning Division
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA

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