Caring for Our Community’s Future


635 New Dwelling Units Proposed for Forestville

…Primarily in large or very large apartment complexes close to downtown Forestville

This proposal is presently in front of the Sonoma County Planning Commission as they consider streamlining rezoning and the permit process. They want to include more “extremely low, very low, low and affordable housing” and think Forestville can handle this kind of influx. It’s part of their 8-year plan to increase housing availability in Sonoma County.

It’s interesting to reimagine our town increasing by 1,652 residents primarily in apartment complexes over the next few years. If you’d like to learn more or even have a say then write or join the Zoom.

On Thursday, February 2 at 1:15 PM zoom into the Planning Commission and hear what they are talking about. You can watch or listen to the Zoom Webinar by going to:

Permit Sonoma Planning Commission Meeting Page
You can download the agenda at the page above.

Now is the time to contact Permit Sonoma with questions you may have. 

Written comments can be sent by February 13 to:
Eric Gage, 2550 Ventura Ave, Santa Rosa 95403

Lower Russian River
Governance Study

(Click on flyer to download.)


To participate in a Governance Study Workshop put on by Lynda Hopkins to learn how government services could be improved.

Date: Saturday, February 4th
Time: Starts PROMPTLY at 10:30 AM and goes to 12:30 PM. Come early to get settled.
Where: Guerneville School Community Room
Purpose: Identify what government services should be improved, expanded, or newly provided to improve the overall quality of life in the region. Targeted for completion in late summer 2023.
Provided: Coffee, food, child care, Spanish interpretation

YOUR voice can be heard. YOUR input is valued.
A great opportunity to participate in your community.

Comment now and subscribe for updates.

Supervisor Hopkins launched the Lower Russian River Governance Study in late 2022 to seek ways to improve government services in the Lower Russian River region. The 6-9 month effort will recommend specific improvements to local “city-level””” services and include an implementation strategy. Recommendations will be based on an analysis of existing services and costs coupled with community feedback on service gaps and needs.

Questions about the project or workshop, contact

Step by Step instructions on How to Do a Clean Up/Dump Day for Your Community

(This is for Sonoma County but parts could be utilized in many communities beyond.)

In October of 2022 the Forestville Planning Association signed on to host a Community Clean Up Day for our town. Our local MAC (Municipal Advisory Council) Trash Committee was looking for a town to show how it can be done.

Instructions & forms packet you can download. Plus we included a fun video for our Community Clean Up Day. Read more…

2022 Forestville Community Fund Grants

The 2022 awarded FCF Grants are in. The recipients can be seen here:
2022 Community Grants
You can see more info about these grants here:  Community Fund

What’s Been Happening in Forestville?

Holiday Tree Lighting, November 27, 2022
This annual event took place Sunday, November 27, 2022 at the Downtown Oaks Park. Townsfolk enjoyed homemade cider, hot… Read more…
Measure D Town Hall Election, Election November 2022
A Conversation About Measure D: Infrastructure Repair Bond Measure. Read more
Downtown Oaks Park Restoration Project, Fall 2022
A restoration project is underway at the lower portion of the Downtown Forestville Oaks Park. This is the area designated by Open Space as riparian and kept undeveloped so our birds, critters and bees have a safe place to hang out. Read more…
• The Report: Our First Free Community Waste Disposal Day, October 14,2022
Lots of Enthusiasm, Committed Volunteers, A Few Frayed Nerves
Ten cars in line at any given time, seven dumpsters overflowing.. Read more
Quick Update on the Downtown Oaks Park, October 2022
We are hoping for the completion of a Use Permit from the County by the end of the year. It’s quite the process and lots of patience has been needed. We’ll let you know when we get it. Read more…
Our Unsung Heroes, Spring/Summer 2022
Did you notice the tree work done this spring & summer in our own downtown Oaks Park by Fine Tree Care? If not, it’s a sign of a job well done. Read more…
Did you miss the Forestville Fire Safety Meeting? May 2022
It was held on 5/22/22 at the Youth Park Community Room. The main speaker was: Stuart Mitchell, CWMS (Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist). Read more…

Did you miss the Forestville Town Hall Meeting? March 2022
It was held on 3/30/22. You can read the summary along with a bit of video and some photos here.

Board Meetings

Regular Board meetings are scheduled every month.
Dates: Every 1st Tuesday of the month.
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Where: Zoom

Anyone interested in attending is very welcome.
Contact: Board President Lucy Hardcastle for more information.

Board Meetings

• 1st Tuesday of mo.
• 5:30 – 7:30 PM
• Location: Zoom
• For more info, contact:
Board President,
Lucy Hardcastle
Everyone welcome.