The Sonoma Developmental Center, located in the unincorporated area of Sonoma County, CA known as Eldridge, closed its doors at the end of 2018. Its 900+ acres are comprised of redwood forests, oak woodlands, grasslands, mixed evergreen forests, riparian woodlands, and wetlands in addition to a roughly 200-acre campus with 140+ buildings in various conditions. Scores of Sonoma Valley residents enjoy recreating there on a daily basis, and the property as a whole serves as a pinch point in the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor, allowing wildlife to move between Sonoma Mountain and the Mayacamas range, and between coastal and interior areas. The site is surrounded by about 12,000 acres of protected lands, including state and county parks, private property with permanent conservation easements and private preserves.
On April 5, 2019, the State of California entered into an agreement with Sonoma County to embark on a three-year community-driven transition process. The Transition Proposal "provides time for policymakers and the community to begin the land use planning process to determine appropriate future land uses and development potential for the SDC site, which is currently very limited by the existing County General Plan and zoning of the property only for public uses."
The proposed planning process will facilitate the disposition of the property by amending the County General Plan and zoning, completing environmental review, and addressing the economic feasibility of replacing or repairing the site’s aging infrastructure. Read the Transition Proposal by clicking on the button below.