Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lytton Tribe issue correspondence

For those following the Lytton Tribe's trust land application, the Town recently received a letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs asking for our comments on certain impacts of their application. The letter has been posted on the Town's Lytton webpage at:

The response will be considered by the Town Council at a future Council meeting.

Podcasting on Town website

We are trying out podcasting on the Town website. The first podcast is about five minutes and is regarding Proposition 64.  The podcast has also been translated into Spanish. the podcasts are located on the dedicated Proposition 64 page: 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Proposition 64: What does it mean to Windsor?

The Town of Windsor is hosting an educational community outreach meeting to engage residents on what the new Adult Use of Marijuana Act law means for the community, and to answer questions about the Town Council’s recent enactment of a moratorium, and potential next steps.

On November 8, 2016, Proposition 64 was voted into law by the people of the State of California. Many aspects of the law take effect immediately, and some elements of the law are subject to local control and discretion.

The Town Council is interested in resident feedback on the new law, and input on how best to implement this new law in our community. The Town welcomes public input at this meeting.
The meeting will be held:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Windsor Regional Library
Community Forum Room

Town officials, including Police Chief Carlos Basurto, Town Attorney Robin Donoghue, Community Development Director Ken MacNab and Town Manager Linda Kelly, will be present at the meeting to answer questions about the new law.

You may send your questions to the Town in advance of the meeting. The Town has dedicated an email address to take your questions:

Spanish language translation services will be available.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Windsor Town Council to Accept Final Draft General Plan Policy Document and Prepare EIR

On Monday, November 28, at 5:00 p.m., the Windsor Town Council will consider accepting the final draft general plan policy document and directing staff to prepare an environmental impact report for the general plan update project. Additionally, a follow-up discussion on mixed-use land designations and development in the area of east Shiloh Road will take place.

The agenda packet will be available prior to the meeting and can be accessed on this page: .Beginning the week of November 21, 2016, a paper hardcopy of the draft general plan policy document will be available for public review at Windsor Town Hall located at 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400, the Windsor Public Library located at 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 100, and Café Noto located at 630 McClelland Drive, Windsor.  

Windsor residents, Town Councilmembers, Planning Commissioners, and staff have been working on updating the general plan for almost two years. The original general plan was adopted in 1996. This meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Windsor Senior Center while the Council Chambers undergoes renovations. The location of the Senior Center is 9231 Foxwood Drive, Windsor, CA  95492. Redwood Highway, Windsor.

The Town welcomes feedback and public comment at this meeting and at all of the general plan update meetings.  Interested persons unable to attend may email their comments to Sheila Wolski, Community Development Technician, at, call 707-838-5337 or mail comments to Sheila Wolski, Windsor Planning Division, PO Box 100, Windsor, CA  95492. More information about this meeting as well as the general plan update process can be found at .

Friday, November 18, 2016

Next meeting on the Town's General Plan update!

On Monday, November 28 at 5:00 p.m., the Windsor Town Council will meet to discuss the Public Review Draft General Plan and give direction to proceed with Environmental Review of the document. The Public Review Draft General Plan can be viewed here: This meeting will not be held at Town Hall, but will be held at the Windsor Senior Center at 9231 Foxwood Drive, Windsor. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Proposition 64 - Recreational Marijuana agenda item

Tonight, the Town Council took the following actions:
1. Adopted an interim ordinance as an urgency measure establishing a temporary moratorium on the outdoor cultivation of nonmedical marijuana to allow the Town to study the impacts of Proposition 64 and provide the Town Council with recommendations.
2. Adopted an interim ordinance as an urgency measure establishing a temporary moratorium on the indoor cultivation of nonmedical marijuana (except under certain circumstances) to allow the Town to study the impacts of Proposition 64 and provide the Town Council with recommendations.
3. Discussed and directed staff to further study the various potential commercial activities associated with nonmedical marijuana and bring back potential policies and ordinances for consideration, in time before the State licensing begins January 1, 2018.
4. Discussed deliveries in Town limits. Staff will bring back a recommendation on this policy in the near future.
5. Directed staff to further study the issue of implementing a non-smoking policy in multi-family housing, and bring an ordinance to Council for consideration.
6. Directed staff to further study and bring back a staff recommendation on possession of nonmedical marijuana in Town buildings.
7. Directed staff to further study the issue of industrial hemp cultivation and bring a staff recommendation to Council at the appropriate time.

Please email me if you have any questions.

Prop. 64 PowerPoint presentation for 11/16/16 Council meeting

Click here to view the slide show for this evening's meeting:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Grove on the Town Green

Be a part of this Windsor community tradition! The Annual Tree Decorating day is Sunday, November 27!. There are still trees available to reserve at

Don't miss out!

Friday, November 11, 2016

What are the impacts of legalized recreational marijuana on Windsor?

The Town recently added a Council discussion of Prop. 64 to its agenda of Nov. 16 at 6pm.

The agenda packet was posted late last evening at:
Starts at page 195 of the PDF

The PDF is one large document since we are not using our typical item tracking software for this offsite meeting.

We have included for Council consideration two proposed urgency ordinances which would impose a moratorium on outdoor cultivation and a moratorium on indoor cultivation, with limited exceptions. We will also discuss other aspects of Prop. 64 such as deliveries, commercial activities and smoking. Due to the need to address this issue in a quick manner following the election, we appreciate any assistance in getting the word out.

The meeting is being held at the Windsor Senior Center, 9231 Foxwood Dr.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Veterans Day on the Town Green - Friday, Nov. 11 at 11am

Saluting our Veterans: The American Legion will be hosting the Annual Veterans Day Memorial Celebration at the Sparks Memorial Stage on the Town Green at 11am on Veterans Day, November 11. For protecting all of the freedoms we enjoy every day, remember to thank a veteran for their sacrifice and their service to our country. Here is a photo from last year's event.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Windsor ranked #7 as a place for homebrewing

This North Bay Business Journal article notes that the Town has been highlighted in a list of cities across the nation where homebrewing of beer is on the rise!

"In Windsor, the report said, the weather is great for drinking beer and growing hops, and with ambient temperatures in the mid-60s to mid-70s, fermentation temperature is fairly easy to control for any skill level of brewer."
"Coming in first in the report was Boise, Idaho, followed by Minneapolis–St. Paul; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix; Rochester, N.Y.; and Tampa, Fla."

Monday, November 7, 2016

Upcoming Town Council meetings

We have two more Council meetings to be held in the month of November:
  • Regular Town Council meeting - Wednesday, November 16 at 6pm
  • Special Town Council meeting on the General Plan Update - Monday, November 28 at 5pm
Please note that both meetings will take place at the Windsor Senior Center, 9231 Foxwood Drive, due to the renovation of the Council Chambers for upgraded audio and visual equipment.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Be aware of fraudulent phone calls in Windsor

Over the last several days, a Windsor resident reported being called by a male subject attempting to solicit personal information. The call originated from a Town of Windsor employee phone number. It was determined that the call likely originated from outside of the United States. The caller likely used technology which enables them to “spoof” any phone number to appear on caller ID. We would like to remind you that Town employees will never ask for your personal information over the phone. 

For more information, please contact the Windsor Police Department at (707) 838-1234.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ballot Drop off Box located at Town Hall

On Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters will have a guarded ballot drop off box, where you can drop off your voting ballot securely inside the lobby of Town Hall. Town Hall is located at 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Building 400 in Windsor.