Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve Management Plan

Fitch Mountain Walk In The Clouds

Project Overview

One of the first steps in moving the property from private ownership to a public amenity is completing a management plan for the property. The management plan:
• Evaluates the property from an ecological and recreational perspective
• Identifies areas of focus for restoring and enhancing important natural resources, as well as managing fire risks
• Develops a plan for creating and maintain recreational opportunities
• Guides future work and financial commitments

Timing for developing the management plan is critical in meeting the overall project timeline. The agreement between the City and LandPaths has the property transferring to the City in November 2017 when it is scheduled to be open to the public. Between now and November 2017, LandPaths is committed to establishing public access to the property and initiating the natural resource management activities that will be identified in the plan.
The City Council awarded the management plan development to Prunuske Chatham Inc. (PCI) of Sebastopol. The first step in developing the plan will be ecological and natural resource survey work on the Mountain. Once PCI has the baseline ecological and natural resource information they will begin to formulate the recreational use and long-term management plan components. 

Participate in the Management Planning Process 


November 28 - December 8: Public Input Review; Plan Updates

City Staff and PCI will be reviewing public input and considering updates to the draft plan based on public input and follow-up analysis.

December 9: Revised Plan Released - DELAYED TO DECEMBER 10

A revised draft of the management plan will be released for review by the City's Parks and Recreation Commission and ultimately City Council. 

12/9 UPDATE: Work on updating the plan is still underway. We anticipate the plan being released on 12/10. Please check back for updates.  

December 14: Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission Review

The City's Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission will be reviewing the draft plan at their December 14, 2016 meeting. Check back for more information. 

January 3 (Tentative): City Council Review

Healdsburg City Council is expected to review and take action on the plan in January, potentially at their January 3, 2016 meeting. Check back for confirmation of this meeting. 

Past Events


Draft Management Plan Public Open House
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 
Healdsburg Community Center
The City presented key components on the draft management plan and received feedback on the plan. You can view the meeting presentation here. 
Release of Draft Management Plan for Public Comment
November 8, 2016
The City released the draft management plan for public comment on November 8, and the public comment period concluded at Noon on November 28. You can download a copy of the draft management plan here.

Management Plan Public Open House
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Villa Chanticleer Annex
The City held the first open house in July to receive public feedback about issues that should be considered as part of the management plan development process. You can view the meeting presentation here.
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