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October 24, 2020
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City of RP Updates

Don Schwartz
Rohnert Park excited about downtown
October 2, 2020

We often get questions related to the former State Farm property. As many of you know, the site is owned by Laulima, a private developer. The city does not control the schedule; however, we will work quickly to process applications for the project when they are submitted. We have worked diligently to support the project long term by expanding the capacity of infrastructure in the area, such as sewer lines. 

The City of Rohnert Park is very excited about the future downtown. We have worked tirelessly, and in collaboration with the developer of the future downtown, to bring the project to fruition.

That being said, the current health crisis has left most of us feeling uncertain about the future. We hope that as the community and economy recover from the health crisis, that development of downtown will resume as planned. At this time, given the uncertainty surrounding the economy, there is no definitive agreement or immediate plan to transfer the RP City Corp Yard to Laulima, owners of the former State Farm site. 

We also understand that there are some maintenance and trespassing concerns related to the property. Our Code Compliance division has been balancing the needs related to the health and safety issues surrounding the Covid-19 crisis with a priority on helping our businesses reopen safely. Code Compliance will continue to frequently communicate with the property owner —as they have in the past.

Vegetation management and weed abatement are important to us. We have reached out to Laulima about the vegetation problems on various occasions. We appreciate the additional eyes around town to help report issues. We understand that high weeds are a fire danger that can obstruct signs, cross traffic and present an eyesore. In accordance with the city’s Ordinance No. 27, commercial and residential property owners are required to annually abate weeds growing on their property. To report high weeds, visit www.rpcity.org/247. 

It was also brought to our attention that a potential encampment is located at the future downtown property. We have been unsuccessful in determining if an individual is living on the site. We will continue to monitor the situation. There are several programs and volunteers that are available to conduct site visits to help those experiencing homelessness. A dedicated Homelessness Task Force meets monthly to strategize solutions, identify those in need and locate services. For concerns related to individuals experiencing homelessness or learn how you can help, visit the city’s website at www.rpcity.org/homelessness.