The Neighborhood Voice:

The Cotati Planning Commission spent nearly three hours discussing and approving two key agenda items that will affect the Cotati community in the future. The commission met on Monday evening, June 21, at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

The Cotati Planning Commission approved the first subject matter, the preliminary design review for La Plaza View, two three-story mixed-use buildings with 27 residential units and 10,383 square feet of commercial space. La Plaza View will be located on 0.85 acres at 8170 La Plaza and 120-128 East Cotati Avenue.

The plans for these buildings provide for 58 in-house parking spaces, 18 of which are stacked parking spaces. Cotati has not seen stacked parking yet, and plans include EV chargers and solar panels.

The property has been vacant since 1965, and the Cotati Planning Commission conditionally approved this project on April 6, 2020 for a two-story design and would include only 12 residential units. The newly approved project will add many more residential and commercial units.

Housing appears to be an urgent matter for Sonoma County, and the upgrade from 12 units to 27 will provide prime downtown housing. Of the 27 units, four affordable units will be built as part of the project.

The second item on these matters was completed with the approval of the preliminary and final design reviews to enable site and building improvements to the three current structures, 8125, 8145 and 8175 Gravenstein Highway.

The project is currently called Red’s Dispensary, but the name may change after construction.

Commissioner Lisa Moore commented that she likes the name Red’s because it’s historic in Cotati and she thinks it’s a good project that fits the neighborhood.

Red’s plan for the project is that the center building will be proposed for use by cannabis retail and distribution. Commercial use will occupy the buildings on the left and right. There is currently a letter of interest on a bakery looking to fill one of these buildings, but nothing is set in stone.

The landscaping plans include the construction of wooden archways, a new parking lot, outdoor seating, new sliding doors and windows, and many other improvements. Commissioner Jonathan Rodriguez mentions how happy he is to hear that salespeople are already moving in. Rodriguez appreciates the design of the project and the applicant’s time investing in traffic analysis.

Vice-Chair Sylvia Lemus also commented that she thought it was a great project and an excellent opportunity to take up this side of Western Cotati. Lemus is looking forward to the project.

As you can see, the Cotati Planning Commission approved two key points at Monday’s meeting. For those who wish to attend future meetings, the times and agenda will be published on the Cotati City website under the heading Planning Commission.

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