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Petaluma planners OK design of Friedman's-anchored shopping center

In a discussion that was more collaborative than confrontational, Petaluma's Planning Commission late Tuesday approved the architectural, parking and sign plans for the Friedman's-anchored Deer Creek Village shopping center.

Applause broke out in the City Council chambers after the 4-1 vote, which approved the site plan and design details for what will become Petaluma's second-largest retail center.

Deer Creek Village is planned as 345,000 square feet of retail, recreational and office uses on 36.5 acres at North McDowell Boulevard and Rainier Avenue. It will be the second-largest center behind East Washington Place, which is under construction now.

The project had faced stiff opposition earlier and some observers expected it receive a chilly welcome before planners.

"We are very excited to bring a project forward .

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