A key chapter in a long-running development debate is coming to a head in Santa Rosa as the politically influential Oakmont retirement community has stepped up its campaign to block an affordable housing project on its northern border.
But the east Santa Rosa community may find its options to oppose the project limited by a state law that creates incentives for developers to build affordable housing and makes it harder for local cities to stop such projects.
The 4,500-member strong Oakmont Community Association is appealing the city Planning Commission’s approval of the environmental report for the Elnoka Village project on Highway 12.
Oakmont residents call the project completely inappropriate for their neighborhood. They say the four-story building is too big for the site, will ruin views of Annadel State Park, will choke the two-lane highway with traffic and will leave its future residents far from services.
But mostly they object to the affordable housing component of the project, which will set aside 61 rental units for very low- to moderate-income residents of all ages.
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