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Dormant Davidon housing project goes before Planning Commission

Petaluma's Planning Commission on Tuesday will take public comment on the draft environmental impact report for a proposed 93-unit housing subdivision on the western edge of town, adjacent to Helen Putnam Regional Park.

The project, proposed by Davidon Homes of Walnut Creek, is returning after having been shelved in 2007. At that time, the City Council indicated it wanted to scale down the proposal but stopped short of setting a cap on the number of homes that would be allowed.

Petalumans for Responsible Planning has been coordinating opposition to the project, as it did in the mid-2000s.

They argue the former Scott Ranch farmland is too beautiful to be heavily developed and a project of this magnitude would bring noise, traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental damage to the area. They also want to protect historic red barns on the site.

Davidon proposes building 93 upscale homes over about 60 acres on two parcels at Windsor Drive and D Street. The site is adjacent to the regional park and homes on Oxford Court, where some of the opposition leaders live.

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