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.  

Management Plan - March 17, 2017


City Council Accepted Plan & Released for CEQA



On March 6, 2017, City Council accepted the plan with modifications and submitted the plan for review under CEQA. Once CEQA is complete, City Council will adopt the CEQA findings and the Management Plan.
 
Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve Management Plan 3.17.17 (31MB)
 
Summary of Plan Revisions 3.17.17
Fitch Management Plan 2017.03.17 - Cover

Management Plan Development Process


City Council Review of Management Plan
March 6, 2017 
Healdsburg City Council reviewed, accepted the Plan with proposed modifications, and submitted the plan for review under CEQA at their March 6, 2017 meeting. Follow this link to download a copy of the meeting packet.

Management Plan Released for March 6, 2017 City Council Review
February 16, 2017
The City released the Management Plan that was presented to City Council for review on March 6, 2017. This plan incorporates the recommendations made by the Parks and Recreation Commission on February 8, 2017.

Parks and Recreation Commission Review and Recommendation
February 8, 2017
In response to the public comment process for the draft Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve Management Plan (Plan), the City's Parks and Recreation Commission considered a revised framework for the Plan at their meeting on Wednesday, February 8.

Under the revised framework significant changes were proposed to the Plan that helps meet the City’s goal of ensuring access and sustaining the City’s long-term financial obligations for the park and open space preserve, while also addressing the community’s concern about events occurring at the summit. The Commission recommended to City Council: 
  1. The December 10, 2016 draft Fitch Mountain Management Plan (Plan) be amended to incorporate the “Clarification Revisions” as outlined in this (the) staff report, which are generally clarification in nature.
  2. The Plan be amended to incorporate the “Revised Framework” as outlined in this (the) staff report, which removes Park Improvement Area 2 from the Plan and sets forth additional requirements.
  3. That all changes made to the Plan be documented and released with a new draft Plan for public review.
  4. That the new draft Plan be forwarded to City Council for review and approval.
  5. That the City work with the community to develop use policies for the Park and Open Space Preserve that would be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Commission and adopted by City Council prior to the property transfer to the City. 
For more information on the Commission's recommendation, please download the February 8 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting packet and meeting presentation.
 
Draft Management Plan Public Open House #3
January 24, 2017
The City hosted public open house #3 on the draft management plan. This meeting's focus was on managing the active use concepts that are allowed under the conservation easement and proposed in the December 10 draft management plan that would be managed under the City's special event process. You can view the meeting presentation here.

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
December 10, 2016
The City released a revised draft of the management plan for review.
  
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 #2
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. Comments received were incorporated into the December 10 draft management plan found below. 
 
 
Management Plan Public Open House #1
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.
 

Process Record


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)

Fitch Mountain Group Use Q & A - January 24, 2017

Fitch Mountain Public Open House #3 Verbal Questions/Comments - January 24, 2017


Fitch Mountain Public Open House #3 Written Comments - January 24, 2017 (8.6MB)

Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve Management Plan Summary of Changed - March 6, 2017 (0.1MB)

Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve Management Plan - March 6, 2017 (30.5MB)