Community Meeting Tonight
Thank you to our neighbors for your continued input and participation. Tonight, Wednesday September 12th, we will host the Wikiup Commons Community Meeting.
Below are the specifics:
Time: 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Place: San Miguel Elementary School
We look forward to seeing you there!
Working Partnerships to Benefit the Wikiup Community
GRANT APPLICATION SUBMITTED
Middle Mark West Creek Community & Watershed Resiliency Project
A coalition of project supporters submitted a planning grant application for the restoration and enhancement of Mark West Creek along the Wikiup Commons. This project will (when designs are implemented) result in increased protection for homes, schools, and a public water supply well, and improved habitat for threatened & endangered salmonids.
The proposed project will engage multiple stakeholders to generate a design for floodplain
reconnection and enhancement, bioengineered bank stabilization, and native plantings along
a 2,500-foot reach of Mark West Creek, an ecologically and economically important tributary
to the Russian River in Sonoma County, CA. The project reach has historically experienced
flooding and erosion issues, and those issues were exacerbated when the Tubbs fire of
October 2017 devastated much of the watershed, including the project reach.
The project, when designs are implemented, will increase protection for approximately 30 homes
(many with septic systems in their streamside backyards), two schools, and a public water supply
well owned by a municipal water company that serves 2,400 people. The proposed project
would address limiting factors and improve habitat values for threatened and endangered
salmonid migration and rearing by increasing habitat complexity, improving summer
streamflow, and decreasing erosion and sedimentation.
(“National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – National Coastal Resilience Fund” 08/17-2018)
We would like to thank those who participated with the Banke-Jackson family, for donating their time and effort to explore funding opportunities. Those entities include:
The Sonoma Resource Conservation District
Sonoma County Water Agency
California Department of Fish & Game
Mark West Union School District
Sonoma County Conservation Action
Community Soils Foundation
Pine Tree Assessment
Selective tree removal will occur starting the week of 8/13. We do not have precise timing of the activity, however wanted to ensure that you were made aware. There will be approximately ten trees removed. These trees have been identified, by an expert, as suffering from bark beetle infestation. (See Pine Assessment document below)
We will conclude the work as quickly as possible, and if any additional work is required above and beyond what is represented in the Pine Assessment document, we will make sure that you are made aware.
Thank you for your understanding. Our greatest concern is neighborhood safety.
The Wikiup Commons Team
Assembly Member Jim Wood visits Wikiup Commons
Assembly Member Jim Wood recently asked to come out an visit the Wikiup Commons site, to get an understanding of the restoration work on Mark West Creek, and to hear about site plans. Thank you Assembly Member Wood, for your interest.
Next Community Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, September 12
The next Community Meeting will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 5:45pm to 7:30pm at San Miguel Elementary School. We had previously stated that the meeting would be held in August, so please make a correction to your calendars.
In the month of August, we are modifying site concepts and hosting the first Working Group meeting. This Working Group is comprised of stakeholders with diverse interests and expertise, and they are charged with developing concepts related to a park, walking trail, stream restoration and a potential bridge. At the September meeting we will provide an update on the “first” Working Group meeting outcomes.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Fire District surveys Wikiup Commons property site vegetation for safety compliance.
Tony Korman met with Fire Prevention Officer Cyndi Foreman, of Rincon Valley & Windsor Fire Districts and Jeff Kowell of Image Tree Service, Wednesday July 25, to review the status of all vegetation within and on common property boundaries of the Wikiup Golf Course site.
The goal is to establish a plan in abiding with the Sonoma County Fire Safe Standards and the California Public Resource Code (PRC) 4291 to eliminate dangerous ladder fuels in and around trees, reduce hazardous ground fuels and to provide defensible space near and around existing residences. All vegetation that is deemed to pose a risk or threat will be removed.
A licensed arborist has been contacted and will visit the site this week to provide an assessment and recommendation for the trees in question.
A Project Update from Katie Jackson
On behalf of my family and the Wikiup Commons team, we thank you for your active participation during this important creative neighborhood development phase. We held our second community meeting on July 11 and I was encouraged to see ongoing interest by so many neighbors.
After collecting your initial thoughts from our first meeting in June and through our website survey, we presented an initial concept which embraced the community’s desire to provide much needed housing and open space. This includes opening 50 percent of the property for parks, creek trails and open space. The remaining 50 percent of the 31 acre-property would house families in just under 100 homes. These homes would range in size from 1,000 sq. ft. to approximately 2,800 sq. ft. The diversity of housing proposed would offer first time home buyers the chance to enjoy our beautiful community while providing those wishing to downsize a perfect opportunity to be a part of our neighborhood.
In addition to meeting the housing and parks/trails requests, we added an emergency access route into the proposed neighborhood. This means emergency vehicles would have adequate access to respond in times of emergencies – which is critical to our neighborhood plans. We also are coordinating closely with natural resource agencies to continue being an active partner in the restoration of Mark West Creek. I was encouraged by National Marine Fisheries Service Manager Bob Coey’s remarks on how we can all work together to protect Mark West Creek.
A call to action by neighbors was also made at our meeting. Larkfield resident Brad Sherwood is helping form a neighborhood committee to coordinate the development and maintenance of future parks, and a pedestrian bridge over Mark West Creek. My family will help with this effort and offers our support to connect our community through potential park and recreation development. To sign up for this new committee (Working Group), please email us at email@example.com.
We are continuing to listen and take more suggestions and creative ideas on how we can utilize this beautiful piece of land for the best benefit of our community. Please visit our website at www.wikiupcommons.com to view the initial stages of the proposed neighborhood concept plans. E-mail us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will host a third neighborhood meeting in August. The meeting will be held at San Miguel Elementary school – we will announce the date and time soon.
Again, thank you so much for your time, energy and commitment to our community.