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August 29, 2019: Letter from DDS re Security Concerns on SDC



1600 NINTH STREET, Room 300, MS 3-20 SACRAMENTO, CA 95814
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August 29, 2019

Dear Sonoma County Community Members:

The California Department of Developmental Services' (DDS) Office of Protective Services requests your assistance and support in sharing the following information with family, friends, and neighbors.

The state property of the former Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) remains open and accessible to the public, specifically pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles in non-prohibited areas. However, there are areas of the campus that remain closed to the public. Specifically, individuals are prohibited from accessing both reservoirs (for fishing or swimming), areas affected by the recent fires (including the farm area and Sunrise Industries), and all vacant buildings and parking lots. For the public's safety, and for the safety of staff members who remain on campus, these closed areas are marked with barricades, yellow tape, and signs. Entering these closed areas is considered trespassing. 

We greatly appreciate your assistance in sharing this message with the community. We are confidant that through public awareness and voluntary compliance, there will be no need for enforcement action. If voluntary compliance is not successful, officers will take the appropriate enforcement action to curtail trespassing.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Protective Services at SDC during normal business hours at (707) 938-6100.


J. Irigoyen, Chief

Office of Protective Services


Planning Advisory Team

Released by Permit Sonoma August 28, 2019

Permit Sonoma is currently accepting applications for a Planning Advisory Team (PAT) made up of 13 community members to work with County officials and a consulting firm (hired by the County) to help create a Specific Plan for the SDC property. 

The PAT will:

1. advise County staff and consultants

2. review Specific Plan materials

3. serve as ambassadors to the public

Click on the link below for more information and a link to the application. Applications are due no later than Oct. 4, 2019.

Find out more

Connect With Permit Sonoma

Follow the link below and  request that Permit Sonoma add you to their email list for communications regarding the SDC transition process.

Permit Sonoma Contact Form

$700,000 Grant to Help Protect SDC Open Space


Sonoma Land Trust has just announced receipt of a $700,000 grant from Community Foundation Sonoma County to help protect SDC open space. Click here to read the article.

$700,000 Grant for Open Space