Memorandum of Understanding Between Caltrans and Greenway Partner Extended 5 years!

Good news! On July 7, 2020, the Santa Rosa City Council approved a five-year extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Southeast Greenway Community Partners. This MOU was first signed on July 7, 2015, establishing an agreement to work together toward the transfer of the undeveloped State Route 12 land to local agencies for the Southeast Greenway Project. During the first five-year term of the MOU, the City approved a General Plan Amendment, rezoning and Environmental Impact Report for the project.

Since those planning approvals in July 2019, the Community Partners have worked hard on everything else needed for negotiating a purchase agreement with Caltrans. The City’s Real Estate Division has taken the lead in working with Caltrans on the MOU extension and clarifying procedures for appraisals and acquisition. Sonoma Water Agency staff has completed reviewing the deeds and mapping the 40-plus parcels. Now Sonoma Land Trust has hired a local title company to prepare legal descriptions and preliminary title reports. When this information is complete, the Partners will be poised to arrange the required property appraisals. Negotiations with Caltrans for acquisition will follow.

We want to thank the project leaders at Caltrans and all the Greenway Partners for their hard work in moving this process forward. And we want to thank all the Southeast