Fairgrounds – Outreach process, recommendations and decisions

Goal Background

The Petaluma Fairgrounds is a 55-acre, multi-use property located in the heart of town. Through the years, this site has provided a place for fun, learning, special occasions, respite, and refuge during crises, as well as many lasting memories for Petalumans, County residents, and visitors. It is a truly unique place that is loved by so many. The City of Petaluma owns the Fairgrounds property and, for the past 50 years, has leased it to the 4th District Agricultural Association (4th DAA), a branch of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The 4th DAA determines the Fairgrounds property uses, which include the five-day Sonoma-Marin Fair in June and other organizations the 4th DAA subleases to, such as a preschool, elementary school, race track, and event spaces. 

After multiple lease renewals, the final renewal will expire on December 31st, 2023. The goal, the Fairgrounds – Outreach Process, Recommendations, and Framework for Decision-making, describes the series of milestones on a path forward for the fair and property.

The first two milestones, Complete Property, Soil, and Building Assessments and Receive Lottery Selected Panel Recommendations, are anticipated to be completed by Quarter 1 of FY 2023.


*Please note the City of Petaluma's fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. 

Milestone Description
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Estimated Completion

Progress Status Q1 July-Sept 2022 Q2 Oct-Dec 2022 Q3 Jan-Mar 2023 Q4 Apr-Jun 2023 Q1 Jul-Sept 2023 Q2 Oct-Dec 2023 Q3 Jan-Mar 2024 Q4 Apr-Jun 2024 FY25 & Beyond
Complete property, soil and building assessments FY23 Q1 Complete
Receive lottery selected panel recommendations FY23 Q1 Complete
Additional community outreach FY23 Q2 Complete
Solicit Council recommendations and integrate into General Plan FY23 Q2 Complete
Finalize decisions on lease / property management planning FY23 Q4 Current
Initial land use / circulation / policy vision adopted in General Plan FY23 Q4 Current
Development of Fairgrounds Master Plan FY24 Q2 Upcoming
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