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Released by: Board of Supervisors
For Immediate Release

Chanate Campus Development Agreement Released, Parcel J to Remain Preserved

Santa Rosa, CA  –  June 7, 2017  –  The County of Sonoma today made public the Disposition and Development Agreement (Agreement) with Chanate Community Development Partners, LLC, a contract that provides for the sale of 81.56 acres of land commonly known as the Chante Campus, which is located at the former site of the Sutter Medical Center off Chanate Road in Santa Rosa.  The Board of Supervisors will review and take action on the Agreement at its regularly scheduled Board meeting on June 20th.  The Agreement may be viewed on the County’s website at

“Today, we released the Chanate Campus Disposition and Development Agreement for public review.  We want to be fully transparent with our community and allow for an informed community discussion when our Board takes action on June 20th at our Board meeting,” said Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane.  “Included in the agreement is the preservation of Parcel J.  The County and my office committed to working with the community and the developer to preserve Parcel J.  This is a great example of how we can work together to create a new mixed use community that supports the need for open space and truly meets the highest need for affordable housing.”

The developer was selected through an extensive process, and a long negotiation has resulted in an overall community value between $41.2 and $71.9 million. The final property cash purchase price of between $6 million and $11.5 million depends upon the number of housing units the City of Santa Rosa approves. Additional components of value include $11 million in avoided costs including the cost of demolition, and between $24 – 48 million in affordable housing development based upon the ultimate number of units approved. The agreement also includes a conservation easement in perpetuity of Parcel J to be recorded at the closing of escrow.  The development will provide for a new mixed use community, including affordable housing, senior housing, veterans housing under the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, a village center providing neighborhood retail services, arts and cultural opportunities, extensive open space areas, including improvements to Sonoma County Water Agency and Agriculture and Open Space adjacent properties, and lease back of the existing County Morgue and Health Services Administration facilities.

The Agreement details also include:

Parcel J:  A conservation easement will preserve Parcel J in perpetuity

Public trails:  At least two miles of public trails will be constructed and maintained

Lease of Public Health Lab/Morgue:  Developer will lease back to the County those buildings housing the County’s Public Health Laboratory and Morgue for $1 per year for a period of five years with an option to extend for another 10 years at 80 percent of Fair Market Value rents.

Affordable housing:

  • Very low income households will not be less than 20 percent of all residential units for a period not less than 55 years.  These units are based on an annual salary of $41,300 for a family of 4, with a rent of $1,033 for a family of 4.
  • Senior housing:  Between 100 and 250 of all residential units will be developed and occupied by seniors, including no less than 20 percent for very low income seniors.
  • Veterans: Between 50 to 60 units will be rented to very low income homeless veterans.
“The Disposition and Development Agreement describes the steps required for the sale of the Chanate campus property.  After the Agreement is reviewed and approved by the Board of Supervisors, the County will continue working with the developer as the necessary environmental and development studies are completed in compliance with the City of Santa Rosa entitlement process. This historic property sale builds community value and is the culmination of many years of deliberative effort by the County,” said County General Services Director Caroline Judy. “We encourage the community to review and provide input on the proposed Agreement.”


Contact Information

County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive
Room 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464626, -122.725441