Petaluma Planning Commission blasts long-stalled subdivision plan

The Petaluma Planning Commission on Tuesday roundly criticized the draft environmental impact report for a large housing subdivision proposed for the western outskirts of town, with one member calling it "completely confusing."

Commissioner Dennis Elias went a step further: "The draft EIR is immensely inadequate."

At issue is the Davidon Homes proposal for as many as 93 houses on 60 acres at Windsor and D Streets, adjacent to Helen Putnam Regional Park. The subdivision is the largest housing project planned for Petaluma in about the past five years, when the controversial 274-home Quarry Heights hillside project was in the works.

In a 4 1/2 hour hearing, the commission took comments from about 30 members of the public on the report – virtually all of whom raised concerns – and agreed on several topics commissioners felt needed to be reevaluated in the final EIR.

Several commissioners said the number of scenarios with varying numbers of homes in different configurations made the report unclear.

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