Downtown Housing & Economic Opportunity Overlay and EKN Appellation Hotel


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Petaluma
Document Title
Downtown Housing & Economic Opportunity Overlay and EKN Appellation Hotel
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Overlay (various land uses; Mixed Use 2 (MU2), Civic Facilities (CF) Zoning; Mixed Use (MU), Public/Semi-Public (PSP) General Plan); Hotel (vacant, MU2, MU)
Document Description
Downtown Housing & Economic Opportunity Overlay (Overlay): The Overlay component of the project proposes a Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) to allow areas within the proposed Overlay to increase the allowable building height from 45 feet to 75 feet with a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), increase lot coverage from 80% to 100%, allow development of multi-family uses by right within portions whereas currently residential uses only in a mixed-use building are allowed, and establish development and design controls for properties that would be subject to the proposed Overlay. The Overlay component also includes a Zoning Map Amendment (ZMA) to zone applicable parcels to the Downtown Housing & Economic Opportunity Overlay and a General Plan Amendment (GPA) to increase the maximum allowable floor area ratio (FAR) from 2.5 to 6.0. Properties proposed for inclusion in the Overlay are located in areas defined as Subarea A, Subarea B, and Subarea C (see image below). Portions of two of the subareas, Subarea A (three parcels) and Subarea B (one parcel), are located within the Downtown Commercial Historic District boundary, while Subarea C is abutting the Commercial Historic District boundary but does not intrude into the Commercial Historic District. EKN Appellation Hotel (Hotel): The Hotel component of the project requests approval of Historic Site Plan and Architectural Review (SPAR) and a CUP to construct a 93-room, 6-story hotel inclusive of a below-grade parking garage with parking for up to 58 vehicles, rooftop event space and bar, food service uses on the ground floor, and valet system within the Downtown Commercial Historic District. The proposed Hotel also includes offsite improvements to remove and replace street trees along the project frontage, remove two existing driveways along Petaluma Blvd. South, reconfigure two curb-parking spaces along Petaluma Blvd. South, remove one curb-parking space along B Street, and install a new bus stop and shelter along Petaluma Blvd. North adjacent to Central Park, resulting in the loss of three on-street parking spaces. The EKN Appellation Hotel site is listed on a hazardous materials sites compiled pursuant to Government Code Section 65962.5.

Contact Information

Tom Jacobson
Agency Name
EKN Development Group
Job Title
Contact Types
Project Applicant

Olivia Ervin
Agency Name
City of Petaluma Planning Division
Job Title
Principal Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Specified Downtown Area (Overlay see attached image) and Petaluma Blvd South/B Street (Hotel)
Total Acres
Parcel #
various (Overlay); 008-063-008; -009; -011 (Hotel)
State Highways
101, SR 116
SMART Railway
Petaluma Municipal Airport
St. Vincent; Petaluma City Schools; Live Oak; McNear
Petaluma River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 18, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Commercial (Hotel and Restaurants)(Sq. Ft. 77445, Acres 0.3, Employees 100)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Site Plan, Rezone, Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Utilities/Service Systems
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from State Reviewing Agency(ies)]

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