Scott Ranch

A Regional Treasure

About the Property

The old Scott Ranch at the corner of D Street and Windsor Drive in Petaluma, heading out of town toward Point Reyes, provides a glimpse into the North Bay’s agricultural history. With its red dairy barns and beautiful vistas, this land is a natural treasure. Two branches of Kelly Creek flow through the property, and the area around the creek provides rare high-quality habitat for the imperiled California red-legged frog and other struggling native species.

Petalumans Working Together to Protect Scott Ranch

Davidon Homes purchased the property for $7.8 million in 2003. Several prominent Petaluma families raised dairy cattle on the land for more than a century. Davidon first proposed to build 93 homes on the 58-acre lot, and then scaled down its proposal to 66 homes. Petaluma has fought for years to protect this beautiful site from over-development.

A Negotiated Agreement

In 2017, Davidon Homes entered into negotiations with the Kelly Creek Protection Project as a willing seller and buyer, respectively. Through these negotiations, a Purchase and Sale Agreement was finalized that made it possible for the community to purchase three-quarters of the property for preservation as parkland.

A Win-Win Outcome

Davidon has committed to a revised project that is far superior to the prior project considered by the City Council. The new plan is only 28 homes rather than up to 66 homes, and these homes will be built on the property furthest from Kelly Creek and the stockpond to avoid most of the red-legged frog habitat and all of its breeding habitat. The proposed project’s low-profile design and setbacks from existing development will minimize impacts on neighbors, traffic, wildlife, and open space.

This solution does not require financial support from the City of Petaluma. The 44-acre extension of Putnam Park ultimately will be transferred to and operated by Sonoma County Regional Parks for the benefit of the public.

Yes! Please keep me informed about the plan to Extend Putnam Park.

Thank you! Together we can make it possible to extend Putnam Park.