To: Public Agencies, Interested Parties, and Sonoma County Clerk

Project Title: Elliott Avenue Pilot Closure Project

Lead Agency: Sonoma County Junior College District, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Contact: Serafin Fernandez
Tel: (707) 524-1704; E: sfernandez2@santarosa.edu

Review Period: January 22, 2021 to February 22, 2021

In accordance with the State CEQA Guidelines, the Sonoma County Junior College District (District) has prepared this notice to inform agencies and interested parties that it is releasing an Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Elliott Avenue Pilot Closure Project.

Project Description and Location

The proposed project is an initiative between the District and the City of Santa Rosa to evaluate the potential for improved student and pedestrian circulation and safety along Elliott Avenue. The pilot project would involve closure of an approximately 500-foot segment of Elliott Avenue between the western and eastern driveways of the Emeritus Circle parking lot at the Santa Rosa Junior College campus during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. The closed segment would be dedicated for use by students and pedestrians to more safely connect campus facilities north and south of Elliott Avenue. The closed section would remain accessible to first responders, including ambulances and Santa Rosa Fire and Police Department vehicles, but would be closed to normal vehicular traffic. During the pilot phase, the Junior College District and the City of Santa Rosa would monitor the local roadway system in the neighborhood to directly observe changes in circulation and traffic diversion patterns. As this project would first be in a pilot phase, the closure may or may not be permanent depending on the success of the project in its pilot form. Permanent closure, if proposed by the District and the City of Santa Rosa, would be considered in Fall of 2022, pending future approvals.

Providing Comments

A 30-day public review period will extend from January 22, 2021 to February 22, 2021. The IS/MND will be available for public review online at https://bond.santarosa.edu/. Please e-mail any comments on the IS/MND by 5 PM on February 22, 2021 to Serafin Fernandez at sfernandez2@santarosa.edu.

After the review period closes, the District Board of Trustees will consider adopting the IS/MND for the project during a public meeting tentatively scheduled for March 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM. We encourage you to check the District’s webpage to confirm the date, time, location and format (live or online) of the Board meeting at the following website address: https://www.boarddocs.com/ca/santarosa/Board.nsf/vpublic?open.

Measure A Bond Conclusion

In 2016, the Measure A bond program completed.  Passed in 2004, the $250 million bond funded major construction projects, including Frank P. Doyle Library, Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center, Bernard C. Plover Hall, Petaluma Campus Phase 2 and upgrades to Shone Farm facilities, among others.

Measure H Bond Commencement

Measure H, passed in 2014 and valued at $410 million, is the largest districtwide facilities upgrade initiative in the SCJCD's 100-year history. The process began in 2015 with the creation of the 2030 Plan Steering Committee, which was tasked with developing the vision and district standards to inform the Facilities Master Plan for Measure H.  Completed in Fall 2016, the Facilities Master Plan is tightly linked with the District's Strategic Plan and Educational Master Plan.

Measure H aims to improve the educational experience and alleviate overcrowding through facilities renovations and seismic retrofitting. Specific emphasis will be placed on modernizing math, science and laboratory spaces to better train students in these fast-growing job sectors.

The campuses and classrooms will undergo significant technology upgrades and will house expanded and new career and technical education programs.