Climate Adaptation Center Plan


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Climate Adaptation Center Plan
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The State Coastal Conservancy authorized disbursement of funds to the County of Sonoma to develop a plan for a climate adaptation center at the former Sonoma Developmental Center (also formerly known as Sonoma State Hospital), a property located in Eldridge, Sonoma County, that is currently owned by the State of California. The County is leading separate Specific Plan and environmental review processes for redevelopment of the property, through which it heard wide community support for an institutional use focused on sustainability. This feedback prompted the request for funds to explore a climate adaptation center that would demonstrate sustainable land uses/techniques, as well as think through attracting academic and commercial research. The subject area contains over 700 acres of open space, and 180 acres of core developed space. The climate adaptation center plan will only focus options within the developable area; it will not consider any development in the park, open space, or green spaces. The plan will provide ways to model sustainable water use, including groundwater recharge; generate solar and geothermal energy; increase food security; employ low-carbon mobility (e.g., pedestrian pathways; bike and electric vehicle sharing); provide riparian set-backs and restoration; and enhance access to open spaces from surrounding neighborhoods and communities. The County will use the plan as a resource to help inform the eventual future redevelopment at the site.

Contact Information

Moira McEnespy
Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
Regional Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
15000 Arnold Drive
Total Acres
State Highways
Highway 12
Other Location Info
Site entrance is 15000 Arnold Drive, Eldridge, CA; Jack London State Historic Park is immediately west, and Sonoma Valley Regional Park is immediately east.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15262
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of feasibility and planning studies for possible future actions, which are exempt from the requirement to prepare an Environmental Impact Report or negative declaration.

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15306
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of basic data collection, research, and resource evaluation activities that will not disturb environmental resources; these activities are exempt.
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