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Roseland Review - October 2015 - Duane Dewitt


Roseland Review - October 2015 - Duane Dewitt

by Duane De Witt

“You're invited to the grand opening celebration of the Roseland Village Community Center!!  Wednesday, October 7th, at 5:00pm.  It will be at 779 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa CA.  There will be a public meeting on new proposals for future development of Roseland Village Neighborhood Center. 

Some prayers were answered on Wednesday Sept. 16 when the rain blessed the North Bay area as the horrific Valley fire was burning uncontrollably in Lake county and Northwestern Sonoma County. The rains helped to dampen the tinder dry areas for a while. But as good as that gets in terms of helping nature some local Santa Rosa folks were in a rain soaked traffic jam on Stony Pt. Rd. during the afternoon.” Stony Point Rd at Campbell Drive was closed due to a gas line break due to a punctured natural gas distribution line.” According to a City of Santa Rosa statement on their website. (

“Emergency crews were onsite and had closed Stony Point Road between Hearn Ave. and Rose Ave. while the line was being repaired.” The city is doing a massive rebuilding of Stony Point Rd. to make it a main arterial north-south roadway on west-side Santa Rosa. The city has been putting a lot of time in to try and get Roseland residents onboard for the upcoming annexation of the Roseland County Island possibly in late 2016 or 2017.  On Saturday morning Sept. 19 city staff, Allister Bleifuss, of the Creek Stewardship program, was out at Roseland Creek next to Pear Blossom Park just west of Stony Pt. Rd. at Hearn Ave. He was there with a city intern and also some local volunteers who left a least a mile long stretch of the creek looking clean and wonderful.

While these good city initiatives to get positive things done are having positive effects on local Roseland public opinion, there are still skeptics of city interests. There are many Roseland residents who tell the Roseland Review reporter they are frightened by the prospect of annexation into the city of Santa Rosa. They have said they are afraid the city will destroy the good things and culture now in Roseland, such as the city did with the recent destruction of the long-time local landmark of the Bayer Farm House. Others believe the city will not listen to, and actually implement, the desires of local residents regarding land use planning as well as park and open space planning. Roseland needs many more acres of parks to help the youth have places to not just play but also relax and avoid negative influences in live.

There was a Roseland Specific Plan meeting with the local steering committee on Tuesday, September 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Sheppard Elementary School (same location as the previous meetings). Because it has happened while the Roseland Review was going to press it will be reported on in the next issue as will the outcome of the Roseland Village Advisory Group meeting Thursday, October 01, 2015 4:00 PM-5:00 PM held at the Community Development Commission Public Hearing Room (1440 Guerneville Rd.) These are very important times for Roseland residents and the only way to get your voice heard is to either show up in person or put something in writing to bot city and county officials as soon as possible.

Some things concerning a reader who wrote to the Review involve what are the city and county doing regarding the land use and roadways of the future in Roseland. They asked,” Why there is a planned road through our Nature Park, the Roseland Creek Park?” Also of concern, “Will there be a bridge or a culvert over Roseland Creek? Is this separate from the proposed park plan that was agreed to in 2010, where the bridge is shown on the west side of the creek, closer to Burbank Avenue and is strictly for use by the park?” They emphasized, “Why isn't the Roseland Creek nature park shown on the map? Bayer Park and Garden is shown.”

This reader is concerned, “The extension of Northpoint Parkway at Hearn and Burbank will be a very tricky intersection. How do they propose to address the confusion?” An important question, “What about people who want to turn onto North Point Parkway from Burbank? What will the intersection look like?” they emphasized.

“Why isn't there talk about an off-ramp at Bellevue? The southwest area will be crammed with new housing and yet the roads are the same.” the reader pointed out. These important questions need answers and we Roseland folks need to be at the top of “our game” if we are going to win anything.