All jurisdictions within California are required to plan for their projected growth, including having adequate sites zoned for housing to meet their identified housing need (Government Code Section 65583(a)(3)). Sonoma County’s General Plan focuses growth in cities and established communities, so sites to be zoned for housing must be located within General Plan-designated Urban Service Areas where public utilities are available. Ideally, the sites could facilitate housing developments where residents can walk to their daily needs, reducing the number of cars on the road and time spent in traffic.
The Rezoning Sites for Housing effort will add sites to the County's Housing Element site inventory to comply with State law, and will implement current General Plan Policies and Programs that require the County to identify urban sites near jobs and transit which may appropriately accommodate additional housing. It will also identify appropriate sites on which to place the Workforce Housing Combining Zone, which would allow the development of both jobs and housing on the same site or within walking distance from one another.