We deserve a safe

Project that is

best For Santa Rosa

And for this property


Together We Can Make a Difference

As many of you know, Friends of Chanate prevailed on their lawsuit against Sonoma County over the County’s failure to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act in 2018 resulting in rescission of the original project and property sale deal approved by the County on July 11, 2017.  (To read the history of the previous proposed project and property sale, please see our ARCHIVE pages.)

We were able to win our lawsuit thanks to your support, financial and otherwise, and due to the efforts of our attorney, Noreen Evans.  Once again, let us say just say “thank you!”

Sonoma County still owns the Chanate property and in December, 2018, the County Board of Supervisors voted to start over and commence the sales process again. 

Friends of Chanate will continue to monitor both the attempts to sell this property and any proposed projects/development of the Chanate property.  We believe that it is essential that all governmental processes be completely transparent with ample opportunity for public involvement. To ensure this transparency, we will be monitoring all actions taken in connection to the Chanate property by any Sonoma County or City of Santa Rosa agency. 

After the Tubbs Fire (and even more destructive Camp Fire), Friends of Chanate will be demanding that any proposed project/development on the Chanate property be as safe, both for existing residents in the area and for any new residents.

Friends of Chanate wants the Chanate property to be developed into the best project possible, but we want the County and the City of Santa Rosa to solicit public input, get a fair return for the taxpayers, and follow the law.

We will keep you updated of any developments both on this website, and by email, of the process as it moves forward.  To be added to our email list, please contact us at

For more information, please see the “Surplus Property Sale” page on this website.

Again, we will keep you updated as things move forward.  Thank you for your support!