Take Action Petaluma is an advocate for responsible development around our river, wetlands and open spaces. We work with community groups and nonprofit organizations to amplify our voices on the issues that impact all of our lives.​

Projects on Petaluma's Waterways That Increase Flooding and Safety Hazards

Wetlands are the lungs of the Petaluma River

Stop the Sid Commons development and the destruction of our wetlands

  • This 180-unit apartment project, which has less than 10% marked for affordable housing would destroy irreplaceable wetlands and heritage oaks next to the Petaluma River.
  • This project sits inside of the Petaluma Flood Hazard Zone, and could significantly increase flooding in surrounding neighborhoods. The development is being challenged in a lawsuit brought by local citizens because it undermines the flood prevention measures put in place by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect our city.
  • The wetlands are the Earth’s second most important habitat after the rainforest. They are essential to the health of our community and should be protected.

The Riverbend development increases the threat of flooding

  • This development is comprised of 30 single family houses built on a small 3.36 acre riverfront parcel at 529 Madison St (next to the Clover Dairy).
  • At the July Planning Commission meeting the developer added 18 additional units to the project totaling 48 units.  
  • The developer has:
    • Submitted incomplete and inaccurate traffic and biology reports.  
    • Plans to cut down 13 trees (including six Heritage trees) that are crucial habitats and nesting sites for special status species.
    • Has not assessed the flood hazards in relationship to the other planned developments along the river.
  • It sits on seasonal wetlands and does not adhere to the City’s General Plan and undermines FEMA’s flood mitigation recommendations.
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Rainier Connector with rezoning

Taxpayer funded Rainier Connector will destroy wetlands in critical flood zones

  • This extraordinarily expensive, $115M tax-payer funded project, would extend Rainier Avenue from McDowell Boulevard across Hwy 101 to Petaluma Boulevard North. 
  • It would pave over open space and vital wetlands that lie within the flood zone. 
  • It was marketed for traffic alleviation, but studies show that with the additional surrounding development projects attached to it, traffic will actually dramatically increase
  • The project includes hundreds of new luxury homes and acres of commercial space that will congest our roads with thousands of additional vehicles. 
  • Taxpayers will be responsible to maintain the roads and provide fire, police and other services to support this project.

Petalumans Working Together to Protect Scott Ranch

  • Davidon Homes purchased the property for $7.8 million 15 years ago from University of the Pacific in Stockton
  • The current owner of Scott Ranch has agreed to sell most of the property for public use. Under this agreement, 44 acres – three-quarters of the land – is on track to be converted into an extension of Helen Putnam Regional Park.
  • Limit housing development on the property to 28 homes
  • Extend Putnam Park by 44 acres and create a new entry point to the park on the east side (near the intersection of Windsor Drive and D Street)
  • Preserve the red barns as historic landmarks at Petaluma’s western gateway
  • Protect critical habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog

Help the Earth Island Institute fund the Putnam Park Extension. Your support will assist in the purchase, improvements and/or maintenance of this property for use as a public park

The Warmington luxury home development is placed on a well-known flood plain

  • Southern California developer Warmington Residential has proposed to build 148-units on land behind the Marin Sun Farms slaughterhouse on Petaluma Boulevard. 
  • This project would greatly increase neighborhood traffic, undermine the 50% affordable housing rule and poses a safety threat in an evacuation scenario such as fire or flooding.
  • Its proximity to the Petaluma River floodplain guarantees the risk of flooding.