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Healdsburg Developer, Opponents Reach Agreement

Opponents and supporters of a proposed luxury resort and housing development in the City of Healdsburg have signed an agreement outlining what a new environmental impact report should address.

A Sonoma County Superior Court judge in December ruled that the EIR for the Saggio Hills project was deficient because it did not address water demand for tree planting, failed to consider impacts on nearby public open space, and lacked a sufficient range of project alternatives. The city in 2008 approved the project, proposed to include a 130-room, high-end resort and 70 large-lot houses on a portion of a 258-acre site at the north end of town. Proponents said the project would provide economic benefits as well as new parkland and 14 acres for future affordable housing development in the small wine country town.

Rather than appealing the judge's ruling, developers Robert Green and Tony Korman reached an agreement with the lead opposition group, Healdsburg Citizens for Sustainable Solutions, on the parameters for a new EIR, with the apparent intent of streamlining the process and avoiding additional litigation. Opponents insist the number of houses in the project should be reduced to about two dozen.


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