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Planning Projects – draft 1

Planning Division staff review discretionary land use and land development applications, ensuring that proposed projects comply with Petaluma’s long-term vision and regulatory standards. We also make sure that all proposed development respects the City’s historic and cultural heritage, and/or contributes the City’s growing collection of public artwork. And we provide environmental review under the standards of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Planning discretionary entitlements can be categorized by level of review as follows:

  • Administrative Development Review - the Community Development Director or their designee is the decision-maker.
  • Major Project Review - the Historic Cultural and Preservation Committee, Planning Commission, or City Council, or a combination of these review authorities, is the decision-maker.

Planning Administrative Projects

Public noticing has been distributed for the projects listed below. Noticing is distributed at least 10 days in advance of a decision on the project by the Community Development Director. An appeal of the Director's decision may be submitted in writing and filed with the City Clerk on a City application form within 14 days of the date of the decision. The appeal shall state the pertinent facts, the basis for the appeal, and the relief sought by the appellant. The appeal shall be addressed to the review authority as identified in Section 24.070(B). If no appeal is made within the time limits, the decision shall be final.

Project List:

Project Name: MacDuff Work/Live Unit
Address: 307 Bodega Avenue [Map It]
APN: 006-301-025
City Record Number: PLSR-2022-0026
Applicant Name: Brent Russell, Architect, Studio 202
Date of Decision: On or after November 21, 2022
Project Description: The application proposes construction of a 2-story, 2,160 square foot structure to be used as one work/live unit and to be constructed toward the rear of the .42-acre Mixed-Use (MU1A) zoned property containing an existing commercial structure (French Salvage Antiques) at the address listed above. The property owners intend to use the work/live unit as office and studio spaces and new walkways are also proposed. The work/live structure is proposed to be 19-feet 6-inches in height and a minimum of 19 feet from the rear and side property lines, thereby meeting height and setback requirements for new structures in Mixed-Use zoned areas abutting residential districts. The proposed structure is designed to have a work/live shared space on the first floor with two bedrooms on the second floor, and to have a converted barn-like exterior appearance.
California Environmental Quality Act: The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15303 for Class 3 – New Construction or Conversation of Small Structures.

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Project Name: DISH Wireless Telecommunications Facility “SFSFO00026A” 
Address: 5341 Old Redwood Highway, Petaluma [Map It]
APN:  047-360-025
City Record Number: PLUP-2022-0005 & PLSR-2022-0011
Applicant Name: Allison Holleman, for the CBR Group, Inc
Date of Decision: On or after November 21, 2022
Project Description: Proposed installation of a new wireless telecommunications facility on the roof of an existing four-story office building. The proposed facility would consist of:

  • 3 panel antennas (1 per sector), 6 remote radio heads (2 per sector) and 3 over voltage protection devices (1 per sector), installed on mounts, and 1 equipment platform located near the center of the rooftop to support 1 equipment cabinet, 1 H-frame, 1 GPS antenna, 1 power protective cabinet, 1 telco fiber enclosure, 1 fiber network interface device, 1 heavy duty safety switch, and 1 submeter. Portions of the existing mechanical screen would be replaced with radio-frequency transparent material that would be painted and treated to match the existing color and texture.

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Project Name: Petaluma Warehouse Lofts
Address:  800 Petaluma Boulevard South [Map It]
APN: 008-313-016
City Record Number: PLSR-2022-0037
Applicant Name: Frank Dostal
Date of Decision: On or after November 26, 2022
Project Description: The Applicant is converting the mixed-use property located at 800 Petaluma Boulevard South into Petaluma Warehouse Lofts, Artisan Inn. The application is to convert the current Luma Fitness space, Unit F, to three units and a 1,000-square-foot retail space. The proposal also includes creating a parking garage with three electric car charging stations. The other units of the property have been processed under building permits.

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Project Name: FLM Ceramics Studio
Address: 301 2nd Street [Map It]
APN: 137-250-003
City Record Number: PLUP-2022-0016
Applicant Name: Forrest Middleton, FLM Ceramics Studio
Date of Decision: On or after September 26, 2022

The application proposes an “Artisan/Craft Product Manufacturing” use in the T5 zoning district. The business would consist of a 4,000-square-foot professional artisan tile and ceramics studio, a 2,000-square-foot pottery teaching studio, and a 400-square-foot ceramics retail space fronting 2nd Street. The professional studio proposes to operate from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday; it and the retail space will be run by up to 5 staff. The teaching studio will accommodate 4 to 10 classes per week with each class having up to 10 students; the teaching studio is also proposed for use by a limited group with a studio membership, with never more than 20 people total in the teaching studio and hours limited to 9:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M., seven days a week. 14 parking spaces are available and 5 indoor bicycle spaces will be available.

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Project Name: Private Office
6 5th Street [Map It]
APN: 008-046-007
City Record Number: PLSR-2022-0019
Applicant Name:
Steve vonRaesfeld
Date of Decision: October 25, 2022
The Administrative Historic Site Plan and Architectural Review application includes alterations to a single-story commercial building and site of approximately 9,000 square feet; a non-contributor of the A-Street Historic District. Exterior alterations include five new windows on the South façade, three new windows and a new entrance door on the East façade, and one new window and door with fill side lite on the West façade. Interior alterations include removal of existing partitions, and new spaces for workstation, office, conference, open office, kitchenette, accessible restroom, filing, and storage. Landscape and site improvements include new raised concrete curb, concrete sidewalk, entry stair, bike rack, trash enclosure, bioswale, trees, perennial shrubs, grasses, and modified parking spaces.

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Major Developments Projects

The following information includes all proposed major developments within the City of Petaluma. The projects are listed by current status, linked to individual project pages with additional information, and indicated on the map at the bottom of the page. A printable version of the complete list and map is also available here.

Formal project application has been filed for one or more discretionary planning approvals. Residential projects of fewer than two units are not included unless Planning Commission approval is required, nor are non-residential projects that do not result in new development.

The project has received all planning approvals; final plans approved; building and other permits have been issued; and project may be under construction.

The project has completed construction and closed out all related permits with Building and Planning.

Definitions of Status Categories

  • In Planning Process: Formal project application has been filed for one or more discretionary planning approvals.  Residential projects of fewer than two units are not included unless Planning Commission approval is required, nor are non-residential projects that do not result in new development.
  • All Planning Approvals: The project has received all discretionary approvals from the city, with no appeals pending.
  • In Plan Check: The project has received all planning approvals; construction drawings have been submitted to the Building Division.
  • Under Construction: The project has received all planning approvals; final plans approved; building and other permits have been issued; may be under construction.
  • Inactive: Action by applicant needed; more than six months passed since request for action made by staff.


The applicant, or any other interested party, may appeal any part of the administrative decision to the Planning Commission. Such appeal must be filed in writing with the City Clerk no later than fourteen (14) days following the date of the decision. The appeal shall state specifically the grounds for the appeal and the relief sought by the appellant. Said appeal shall be accompanied by the appeal fee as specified by Resolution 2010-206 N.C.S. as adopted by the City Council.

Major Projects Map

For More Information

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or visit the City Hall Planning Counter, 11 English Street, Monday - Thursday, 10AM to 2PM

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