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\\; ,--.... Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Vol. CXll, Issue 33 sh is on for a Bay Area ional Government Lyons of the relentless growth in Bay ,Mea counties the of a regional government very popular concept islators and different 2020, a commission 1989 to look at the impact is having on is promoting the of a new nine-county agency that some type of Re- for the nine-county area. to Cioverdale City Bob the City is to any of City are presently working in with a committee con- of various cities in to ge0erate a re- the regional government Mr. Perrault says it is difficult to determine just what impact Sonoma County&apos;s response to the proposal will have on State legislators. "There is really a strong push coming from the Bay Area promoting this idea of a regional government," Mr. Perauh said. He noted, however, that Assem- blywoman Bev Hansen has been very supportive of Cloverdale's concerns along with other Sonoma County cities. Sonoma County is identified in the Bay Vision 2020 report as one of the nine Bay Area Counties. As a City in Sonoma County, Cloverdale would be impacted by any type of regional plan because the City's General Plan would have to be consistent with new regulations and stipulations. Accord- ing to Mr. Perrault, the implementa- tion of a regional agency would simply be adding another layer of govern- ;v Hansen, left, presents a handsomely bound resolu- honoring the late Joe Pardini to his wife Gall. The was adopted by the State Assembly and memorializes Mr. contributions to his community and to the young people of '. The presentation was made at the annual Cloverdale Lions V Picnic at City Park Aug. 8. He was a past president and 25 year A full text of the resolution ispublished on Page ment on top of the present City gov- ernment. "We would still have a City Coun- cil," Mr. Perrault said, "but local land use decisions would not only be reviewed by the City but by a re- gional agency too. It will increase our work load tremendously." Members of the Bay Vision Colin- mission have concluded that Bay Ai'ea Counties must improve ways of managing growth or lose many of the qualities that make this region "sttch a special place." Concerns range from air quality and freeway congestion, to shortages of affordable housing, a lessening of economic competitive- ness, and unnecessary loss of open space. The commission holds that present development trends could result in a "region that emulates Los Angeles rather than insures the character long associated with the Bay Area." The Commissioners feel that there is no effective means for addressing the problems that cross City and County boundaries. Bay Vision Commission members agree that "only by some changes in the structure of government in the region can we tackle increasing traffic congestion, long commutes between home and job, shortages of affordable housing, loss of valued open space to urban sprawl, predictable air pollution and deterioration o f our CGonomic base." Although these concerns about growth management are understand- able the impact that another arm of =government will have o samller municipalities is a concern, bay Vision 2020 is calling for local gov- ernments to conform with State and regional growth-management poli- cies. In association with the State Of- rice of Planning and Research (OPR) the Governor has created the Inter- agency Council on Growth Manage- menL The Council, which consists of key cabinet members and department directors, is charged with recommend- ing a comprehensive growth man- agement plan to the Governor by the end of this calendar year. According to Richard Sybert, OPR's director and chairman of the Growth Council, the Governor is a "firm con't on pg. 10 important issues face City I; meeting tonight 7 p.m. lake :agenda at tonight's meet- convenes at 7:30 in atCity Hall, 124 N. Clover- ; of a revision of the Devices Ordinance is regulates the type canbe It incorporates issued list of EPA ap- and adds the term to the type of regulated ' busin, the Council will on the pro- and 6.2 acre area. request was an application of Larry combined lots, form a 3.0 acre to 6.25 acres Commission last May, rccommen- Sonoma County Local Commission. heard objections owners Johnnie Edgar Sieben to having their acre area is botinded by Blvd. ou tbe enst and Sand- the north. It extends takes in a portion of the shoulder of of Highway the truck scales. The area is not sewed by city utili- ties at this time, but is included in a Master Utility Study also on tonight's agenda. The Council will consider the re- quest of the Preschool Co-op for re- newal of a lease of the Boy Scout Cabin at City Park. An ad valornm tax rate of 16 cents per $100 will be fixed. This rate is the same as last year. The 1991-92 operating capital budget will be presented for adoption in the amount of $3,048,545. Approval of the final subdivision map for Cloverdale Meadows Con- dominiums, Phase 2, will be consid- ered as will the acceptance of the water line easement. Improvements on East third Street will be presented for acceptance by con'l on pg. 10 Home owner granted variance and use permit A variance and a use permit to re- place an existing house with a single family home was approved by the Planning Commission Aug. 7 for applicant Vincent Carvalho of Healdsburg. The property is located at 606-B Cloverdale Blvd. The lot, 3800 square feet, is of substandard size which was the rea- son for a variance for the front and rear seabacks. Planning Commissioner Elizabeth Smith, abstained from the vote, as she could see no reason why a vari- ance should be granted. She felt the applicant should be restricted to the original building size of 900 square feet rather than increasing the size of the new home by 20% to 1100 square feet. Commissioner Ed McKeekan concurred but voted for the vail- ance and use permit when plan- ning guidelines established by state law wea'e explains! Io him by Chair- man Jim Romain. The Chairman complimented the staff for putting together the find- ings in this case and suppon the variance. According to the staff report, the existing building is in a state of disrepair. In improving the home, Mr. Carvalho plans to improve the access road and to extend tbe sewer line to his parcel and neighboring parcels. If the strict interpretation of the selbacks were applied, the property would only be allowed a three foot strip for building the new structure, Planning Director Joe Heckel reported. The variance was granted be- easoe of special circamstances sur- rounding this particular parcel. ,--,"7 ,e:2' L Aug. 14, 1991 35 cents Pastor Gall Waring, (1) and Church Trustee, Mavis Knupfer, in.wect the work being done on the community hall at the United Church of Cloverdale. Brayton Enterprises is installing a new foundation. Preservation work for United Church of Cloverdale The United Church of Cloverdale is a well-known landmark in the City. The image of this ivy-covered and shingled edifice has graced many postcards and brochures over the years since its construction in 1906. Right now some preservation work is being done on the community hall portion of the church which brings to light some interesting history about the building. What is now the :ommunity hall was at one time the original church sanctuary. Built in 1869, it was a white building with a typical old- fashioned steeple facing Cloverdale Blvd. In 1906 thechurch fathers acquired some money to enlarge the sanctuary and build the parsonage next door (the present thrift op and office). It was decided that to build a sufficient worship space the original church should be moved. The small building was elevated and moved to its pres- ent location right behind the main church and became the community hall. The building was placed on red- wood pilings rather than a concrete or rock foundation and, after 85 years, the time has come for some preserva- tion work. A Petaluma based com- pany, Brayton Building Enterprises, has been hired to raise the building and install a concrete foundation. "It was time to do some much needed work to maintain this historic build- ing," noted Church Pastor, Gayle Waring. According to trustee, Werner Schwan, the older church building was starting to sag a little. "We wanted to bring the building up to code to make sure it will last," he explained. The work to install the new foun- dation as well as to do some painting is costing about $50,000. According to Mr. Schwan, the community hall will also be partially painted using turn- of-the-century colors. A Petaluma company is installing a new foundation. Although the church has existed since 1869, it didn't become the United Church of Cloverdale until 11 years ago when the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ were merged. \\; Mr. Solomon, with Brayton Building Enterprises, seems to enjoy working on the foundation project at the United Church of Cloverdale. iii [ i Safeway's decision will have no impact on Furber Development's plans to establish a regional shopping cen- ter on the Rancho de Amigos prop- erty, Mr. Furber said. The Reveille made several phone calls to Safeway's headquarters in Fremont but was unable to contact anyone who would discuss the deci- si(m. The most recent news report con- cerning the supermarket chain was Life not simple for property owners planning improvements Nothing is simple for the property owner anymore. Even the addition of a 5 x 5 square foot area to an existing retail building requires a Planning Commission hearing as well as use and building permts car- rying a number of conditions. The Planning Commission ap- proved a special use permit for Jen- ner Oil, Inc. to construct the addi- tion to the Shell Oil Station, follow- ing a public hearing Aug. 7. The improvement will provide space to expand fo<xi services for customers. The plan also calls for relocation and enclosure of the dumpster and relocation and paint- ing of the large ice storage facility to match the main building. Commissioner Nielsen wanted to know if the applicant understood that under state law the facility must be made accessible to the handi- ealped.. Paulete Crookston, agent for the applicant, replied that a small busi- ness must do so much to comply with local and state regulauons to- day that improvements often become unfeasible. She did't know if the building could be made accessible. The applicant must also provide a parking stall for the physically handi- capped. Commissioner Elkabeth Smith was concerned about the large trucks that often park along Cloverdale Blvd. in front of the Shell Station. She wanted staff to see about painitng in a red zone, no parking, strip along a portion of the Blvd. fronting the sta- tion. She felt they blocked the view for vehicles exiting from the service station. She commented that this isa problem all along Cloverdale Blvd. through the heart of town. Fred Browne, Public Works Di- rector, explained that the Boulevard is still under the jurisdiction of Cal- Tran s as Highway 101 and that this is an interstate highway as well. Safeway says they will not be coming to Cloverdale Saeway Stores, Inc. has advised Rancho de Am igos of its decision not to pursue a Safeway Store in Clover- dale at this time. Safeway had previously planned to build a store here in the business park under development at Rancho de Amigos, located in the south of Cloverdale. According to Ai Furber, of Furber Development, owner of the subdivi- sion, Safeway's decision was appar- ently based on the current economic that the Cloverdale store would go climate coupled with what he termed Iorward and would be completed by clearig/aals from the City of CIover- 1993. . dale restricting future growth in th .: City. ;'