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Santa Rosa launches survey for major planning effort

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Santa Rosa wants your help identifying the most important changes affecting land use and public policy the city should make over the next few decades.

The city announced Monday the launch of a community survey for its latest general plan, part of an effort dubbed “Santa Rosa Forward.”

The brief questionnaire asks residents to say what changes — related to housing, the economy, the environment, social equity, natural disasters and more — they most want to see. The survey also asks what method of communication people prefer to be involved in local government and invites them to describe their general health and relation to Santa Rosa, including the option to use a digital map to identify their neighborhood.

The general plan update also will include a focus on “healthy city policies” following a $600,000 grant to Santa Rosa from Kaiser Permanente in 2020.

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Santa Rosa to survey residents on spending $95 million PG&E settlement

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Kent Porter / Press Democrat
Kent Porter / Press Democrat

Santa Rosa city officials are working out a plan to ask fire victims and members of the public how to use the money the city received from PG&E to settle claims arising from 2017 wildfires.

The city received roughly $95 million from the utility in July and got the ball rolling earlier this month at its annual goal-setting meeting, long-delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council assigned the initial work of preparing a plan for the funds to a council panel focused on long-term financial matters.

That panel met Thursday, assenting to a plan that will involve surveying Santa Rosa residents, specifically reaching out to residents and organizations in Coffey Park and Fountaingrove. City finance and communication staffers expect to develop those surveys and other ways of gathering input over the next few weeks before beginning to gauge community sentiment in September, said Adriane Mertens, the city’s top spokeswoman.

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