DowntownTo facilitate the development of a downtown for Rohnert Park, a Downtown District Amenity Zone (DDAZ) has been established.  It is generally located west of the SMART rail line and on both the north and south sides of Rohnert Park Expressway.  The goal is to create a compact, walkable, commercial district that is unique to Rohnert Park.  In time, downtown will become a walkable dining, entertainment, retail, and civic district, within an urban atmosphere that is uniquely defined for the city.  Additional details about the DDAZ and the Central Rohnert Park Priority Development Area can be found here.

Plans encourage orienting buildings to promote active relationships to the street and to open space, and supporting safe community access to the SMART rail station.  The community plaza that anchors the Rohnert Park-Cotati Community Library and the Rohnert Park Public Safety Building, will serve as a focal point for downtown.
Downtown Downtown
Overall the vision for downtown is intended to foster:

  • A transit-oriented district that is internally connected across RPX and State Farm Drive and accessible from the SMART station and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • A distinct and cohesive design character that respects the local Sonoma County landscape and the artistic, cultural, and sustainability values of the community.
  • A pedestrian-oriented development pattern, with walkable streets and blocks, compact building footprint, and generous open space.
  • A mix of uses, with emphasis on lifestyle and specialty retail; entertainment; urban-style living options; public space; and transit-supportive (job, service, and retail) uses.