Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve Management Plan

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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. 

Management Plan Development Process 

January 24, 2016: Draft Management Plan Public Open House #3

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Healdsburg Community Center
The City will host the final public meeting on the draft management plan. This meeting's focus will be on managing the active use concepts that are allowed under the conservation easement and proposed in the draft management plan. It is anticipated that active uses would be managed under the City's special event process.

February 8, 2017: Parks and Recreation Commission (continued from December 14)

6:00 p.m., City Hall 
The City's Parks and Recreation Commission scheduled continued discussion on the plan for their February 8 meeting. (Note: the Commission's continued discussion on the draft plan was originally scheduled for January 11 but has been delayed to accommodate an additional public open house that will be held on January 24.)

February 21, 2017 (Tentative): City Council Review

6:00 p.m., City Hall 
Healdsburg City Council is expected to review and take action on the plan in February, potentially at their February 21, 2016 meeting. Check back for confirmation of this meeting. 

Past Events


Extended Public Comment Period Deadline
December 21, 2016
The City's Parks and Recreation Commission asked that additional public input on the draft plan be provided to the Commission by Wednesday, December 21. See comments below.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission Review
December 14, 2016
The City's Parks and Recreation Commission reviewed the draft plan and took public comment at their December 14, 2016 meeting. The Commission continued discussion on the draft plan to their January 11, 2017 meeting and asked that additional public input on the draft plan be submitted by December 21, 2016. Download a copy of the meeting packet here

Revised Draft Management Plan Released for Review by Parks and Recreation Commission
December 10, 2016
A revised draft of the management plan was released for review by the City's Parks and Recreation Commission.
Public Input Review; Plan Updates
November 28 - December 10, 2016 
City Staff and PCI reviewed public input and made changes to the draft plan based on input and follow-up analysis. See comments and responses below.
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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Revised Draft Management Plan - December 10, 2016

City staff and the City's consultant PCI reviewed public input and conducted additional analysis for updates to the draft management plan. The following documents are available for download:
Fitch Mountain Management Plan Public Comments - November 28, 2016 (7MB)

Fitch Mountain Management Plan Response to Public Comments - December 10, 2016 (0.5MB)
Revised Draft Fitch Mountain Management Plan - December 10, 2016 (19MB) 

Fitch Mountain Management Plan Extended Comment Period through 12/21/16 - January 13, 2017 (10.4MB)

Draft Plan Document (19MB)

Fitch Management Plan 2016.12.10