September 3, 2015:
The following report is intended to create a common language for discussing models for SDC’s future, envisioning a planning process, and navigating a path forward that is informed by lessons from other site transformations. This study is, by necessity of the closure plan timeline, preliminary and intended to inform a more comprehensive process.
Keep in mind that the report is still in draft form, and that it will be polished and put into a professional design before the October 1st submittal deadline to the Legislature.
We’re excited to be able to share this with the community and hope that these examples and frameworks will enrich the conversation moving forward.
Please share your feedback with us and enjoy!
DRAFT SDC Site Transformation Study
August 21, 2015:
The Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) is slated for closure by the end of 2018. Please take a moment and submit an electronic comment via the Department of Developmental Services website or through the mail by September 1.
Visit the Transform SDC website, and utilize our SDC Coalition letter to DDS so you can echo the issues we have raised with the State. For those of you especially concerned about protecting the SDC lands, Sonoma Land Trust has developed a sample comment letter and natural resources fact sheet to help craft your message.
Let us know if you have any questions or need help with your comments.
August 11, 2015:
The attached document was provided to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) at a meeting on August 7th in response to the request from the Department to sit down and talk about what the SDC Coalition would like to see in the Center’s closure plan. This memo represents our best effort to summarize all the feedback we received from the community at our May 2nd “Transform SDC workshop” in Sonoma, and our technical analysis of what we need to see in the closure plan in order to meet our overall objectives for the future of SDC.
It remains to be seen how much of what we proposed will make it into the draft closure plan. The public comment deadline is September 1st, and we expect that a draft closure plan will be publicly released in mid-September. DDS has indicated that they will also likely hold another public hearing to solicit feedback on the draft plan prior to the October 1st submittal deadline to the Legislature. If you or your organization are planning on submitting comments to DDS prior to September 1st, please feel free to use this memo as a basis for your comments. The meeting on the 7th is also covered in today’s Index Tribune article by Christian Kallen, “Upcoming SDC meetings: public, private.”
July 2, 2015:
Dream, Create, Transform.
A diverse partnership comprised of the County of Sonoma, the Parent Hospital Association, the Sonoma Land Trust, the Sonoma Ecology Center and other local groups have come together to create a comprehensive and inclusive 18-month planning process to explore options for the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) that preserve the unique human health, community and natural resources provided by SDC. On Saturday, May 2nd, more than 200 people participated in the first community workshop to kick-off the Transform SDC planning process. The theme of the workshop focused on empowering the community to begin to establish a vision to Dream, Create, Transform the site. This document synthesizes the community’s input which defined initial elements of a community vision for the future of SDC, explored possible re-use options, and identified areas for further inquiry and investigation.
Please click on the synthesis report provided below to explore the results from the first community workshop.
Transform SDC Community Workshop #1 Synthesis Report
As well, a more extensive list of re-use ideas is provided below for those who would like to see the full range of viewpoints that came out of the workshop.
Transform SDC Community Workshop #1 Re-use Ideas
January 1, 2015:
Here represents a small piece of what the land associated with the Sonoma Developmental Center has to offer. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing for those you visit, but it provides a variety of habitats for the species who coexist at this location.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hess Photography.