Draft Environmental Impact Report


Finally the DRAFT SPRINGS SPECIFIC PLAN (D-SSP) and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Springs Specific Plan have been released.

The full Draft Springs Specific Plan (153 pp) can be downloaded by clicking on this link:


The full Draft EIR for the Springs Specific Plan (1064 pp) is available here:


You can also review and download an Executive Summary (19 pp) and all the other major Project Documents directly from this link:


The DEIR public review is the most important stage of the process. Now that the DEIR has been published, it will be presented to at least the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission and the Springs Municipal Advisory Council. The period for submitting comments on the D-SSP and DEIR will be open from May 18, 2022 through July 19, 2022.

Written comments can be submitted to PERMIT SONOMA by 5:00 p.m. on July 19:
• Email: springsspecificplan@sonoma-county.org
• Fax: (707) 565-1103
• Mail: Doug Bush, Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95403
For comments submitted via email, please include “Draft EIR Comments: Springs Specific Plan” in the subject line and the name and physical address of the commenter in the body of the email.

Public Hearing on Draft EIR: The Sonoma County Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the public hearing is for the Planning Commission and Permit Sonoma staff to receive comments on the adequacy and accuracy of the DEIR. The Planning Commission will not respond to any of the comments or take action on the project at this hearing. Certification of the Final EIR will be considered at a later hearing which will be noticed in advance.

Revisit this web page to find out what is in the Draft EIR, what your neighbors are thinking about it, and how you can get involved. We anticipate soliciting volunteer and professional expertise in at least the following areas:

  • Sonoma County General Plan Land-use and Zoning
  • Affordable Housing
  • Traffic Analysis and “Vision Zero” Traffic Safety
  • Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Mitigation
  • Greenhouse Gas Analysis
  • Wildfire Evacuation Planning and Preparedness
  • Water Availability Analysis
  • Noise Analysis
  • Parking Analysis

Use the following list of resources to learn more about the general Environmental Impact Reporting process:

Board of Supervisors MeetingsUpcoming agenda, archived minutes, videos, etc.http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Board-of-Supervisors/Full-Meeting-Calendar/
PRMD (“Permit Sonoma”)Main page for Planning Departmenthttp://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Permit-Sonoma/
Zoning Codes ExplainedIntroduction to existing County Zoning Codeshttp://sonomacounty.ca.gov/ZoningCodes/
Table of all Zoning CodesDefinitions of all County Zoning Codes (Ch.26)https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/PRMD/Planning/Project-Review/Services/Zoning/Zoning-Codes-County/
County GIS Zoning MapLook up County zoning (also County parcel info)https://tinyurl.com/SoCo-Zoning-GIS
City of Sonoma GIS Zoning MapLook up City zoning (also County parcel info)http://www2.lynxgis.com/Sonoma
ABAG Executive Board MeetingsBoard Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Packetshttps://abag.ca.gov/meetings
The Planner’s Guide to the Specific PlanHandy primer on Specific Planshttp://opr.ca.gov/docs/specific_plans.pdf
Planning, Zoning and Development Lawsee pages 69-70 on specific plans lawhttp://opr.ca.gov/docs/complete_pzd_2007.pdf
CEQA and Noticing Best PracticesCEQA notice requirementshttps://www.cacities.org/Resources-Documents/Education-and-Events-Section/Annual-Conference/2016-Handouts/Complying-with-CEQA,-Brown-Act,-and-Other-Public-N
PDA Planning Guide and ElementsMTC’s Description of Priority Development Areashttps://mtc.ca.gov/sites/default/files/PDA%20Planning_Elements.pdf