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Current Uses

This generally hilly property is very scenic, with mixed oak and hardwood woodlands and open oak savannahs. This idyllic location is home to Sonoma County Health Services; a historical cemetery; the 26-acre Piner Creek Flood Control Reservoir owned by the Sonoma County Water Agency; and 9 acres along Paulin Creek owned by Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. The County health and medical services parcels total approximately 82 acres on either side of Chanate Road. 

Existing occupied buildings and occupants include:

  • Public Health Lab Main Office -3313 Chanate
  • County Morgue at Coroner’s Office - 3336 Chanate
  • Bird Rescue Center - 3430 County Farm Drive
  • Crisis Housing

Vacant/Partially Occupied Buildings North of Chanate Road:

  • Hospital Building - vacant
  • Chanate Hall (Health Services) - vacant
  • Wellness Center operated by Goodwill - vacant
  • Psychiatric Emergency Services at Norton Behavioral Health Center - vacant
  • Behavioral Health Administration at Norton Annex - vacant

Vacant/Partially Occupied Buildings South of Chanate Road:

  • Health Services Fiscal - vacant
  • Health Services Administration - vacant
  • Old Family Practice Center - vacant
  • Hospitality House (trailer) - vacant
  • Plus, misc. vacant deteriorated structures    

A previously identified prehistoric site 95-meters long by 35 meters wide is located on a west facing slope near Paulin Creek on either side of County Farm Road’s southern fork (artifacts include approximately 50 obsidian flakes); this area should be avoided by any future development. The County is in communication with the Lytton Rancheria tribe.

Chanate Historical Cemetery west of Norton Behavioral Health Center is also identified as a cultural resource and should be protected from future development. Many of the buildings, including the WPA original 1936 hospital and the 1938 (now) Norton Behavioral Health Center are older than 50 years.

Chanate Building Site Map

Paulin Creek Preserve Management Plan - 2004 Draft

For assistance with the Paulin Creek Preserve document, contact General Services Department at 707-565-2550.

Contact Information

Contact us by Phone
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235