FAQ Topic: City Goals and Priorities

Safe Mobility and Community Connectivity | Safe Streets

The Safe Mobility and Community Connectivity | Safe Streets Goal is a city-wide initiative that strives to increase and provide safety for all users of our roadways. This project will provide Petaluma with a strategic map forward for Active Transportation. The first three milestones, Memorialize Safe Streets Elements in Overall Vision (AT, Complete Streets, Calming, … Continued

Historic Trestle Reconstruction

Petaluma’s historic trestle is located along the southwest bank of the Turning Basin in downtown Petaluma.  While significant hurdles exist, the vision is to transform the structure which is currently in poor condition into a prized, iconic riverfront gathering place and active transportation hub.  Major milestones include environmental assessment, determining ownership/acquisition models, inviting the community … Continued

Adoption of Tree Preservation Ordinance and Update City Policies and Procedures

Trees have multiple positive benefits related to providing wildlife habitat, sequestering carbon to help mitigate climate change, reducing the heat-island effect, and increasing property values through beautification.  Petaluma’s existing tree ordinance has not been updated to realize the increased benefit of enhanced tree protection.  The updated tree preservation ordinance would update internal processes and permitting … Continued

Public Safety Facilities Assessment, Including New and Renovated Fire Stations

The Public Safety Facilities Assessment will be used to inform future new construction and renovations to address inadequate police and fire facilities city wide. Fire Station 1 needs Seismic upgrades and Stations 1, 2, and 3 no longer meet operational needs for a diverse workforce with crew space lacking. The Police Station similarly is poorly … Continued

Adoption of Tenant Protection Ordinance Package

The need for eviction protection was underscored by the widespread employment disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The eviction moratorium enacted by the County of Sonoma during the pandemic is set to expire September 30, 2022.  This set of protections for tenants specific to the City of Petaluma includes legislation related to Just Cause, the … Continued

Create Citywide Electrification Plan

The City Council’s approval of the Climate Emergency Framework on January 11, 2021 set a goal for the City of Petaluma to become carbon neutral by 2030.  Major sources of carbon emissions in the City of Petaluma are transportation and existing buildings.  Electrification and fuel switch to renewable sources for the transportation and housing sectors … Continued

Adoption of Retail Cannabis Ordinance

On November 9, 2016, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, Proposition 64, became law, leading to recreational cannabis sales in California by January 2018. As a result of recreational legalization, local governments may not prohibit adults from growing, using, or transporting cannabis for personal use. Following recreational legalization, companies must be … Continued

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