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Cotati Planning Commission approves much needed projects

By: Brittney Scardina
June 25, 2021

Cotati’s Planning Commission spent almost three hours discussing and approving two important agenda items that will impact the Cotati community in the future. The commission met Monday night June 21 at 6 p.m. over Zoom. 

The Cotati Planning Commission approved the first item on the matters at hand, the Preliminary Design Review for the La Plaza View, two three-story mixed-use buildings consisting of 27 residential units and 10,383 square feet of commercial space. The La Plaza View will be located on a 0.85-acre site at 8170 La Plaza and 120-128 East Cotati Avenue. 

The plans for these buildings include 58 on-site parking spaces, 18 of them being stacked parking. Stacked parking is something Cotati has not seen yet, and the plans also feature EV chargers and solar panels.

The site has been vacant since 1965, and the Cotati Planning Commission conditionally approved this project on April 6, 2020, for a two-story design and only would hold 12 residential units. The newly approved project will add many more units for residential living and commercial use.  

Housing seems to be a pressing matter for Sonoma County, and the upgrade from 12 residential units to 27 will provide prime downtown housing. Of the 27 units, four of them will be built affordable units as part of the project. 

The second item on the matters at hand concluded with the approval of Preliminary and Final Design Review to allow the site and building improvements to the three structures that currently exist at 8125, 8145, and 8175 Gravenstein Highway. 

The project is currently called Red’s Dispensary, but the name may change following construction. 

Commissioner Lisa Moore commented how she likes the name Red’s because it is historic in Cotati, and she thinks it is a good project that fits in the neighborhood. 

The plan for the Red’s project includes the center building being proposed for occupancy by the Cannabis Retail and Distribution use. Commercial use will occupy the buildings on the left and right. There is a letter of interest currently about a bakery wanting to fill one of those buildings, but nothing is set in stone. 

The landscape plans include the construction of wooden archways, a new parking lot, outdoor seating, new sliding doors and windows, and many more improvements. Commissioner Jonathan Rodriguez mentions how happy he is to hear that vendors want to move in already. Rodriguez appreciates the design of the project and how much time the applicant took to do the traffic analysis. 

Vice-Chair Sylvia Lemus also comments on how she thinks it is a great project and an excellent way to pick up that side of Western Cotati. Lemus is looking forward to the project. 

As you can see, the Cotati Planning Commission approved two essential items at Monday’s meeting. For those who wish to attend future meetings, the times and agenda are posted on the City of Cotati website under the Planning Commission section.