We welcome input from the community regarding casino impacts. We have a voicemail phone number 588-2264 and an email firstname.lastname@example.org
where residents can voice their concerns.
Since 2003 the City of Rohnert Park ("City") and its staff and elected officials have worked diligently to both understand and mitigate the potential impacts of the project. While the City did not approve the casino project, we have sought to protect our quality of life from the impacts of a nearby casino.
We have worked with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria ("Tribe") to minimize the impacts on our residents and businesses - like making sure they didn't build a sewer treatment plant next door and that they fully funded widening Wilfred Avenue. While this project will have an impact on our community, we can and we will retain the sense of community we all share here in Rohnert Park.
The City brought together an interdepartmental task force to identify and mitigate impacts of the casino project on our community. The City's Casino Mitigation Task Force identified numerous mitigation measures and are working on implementing them. Their focus areas included traffic, zoning issues, public safety, loss of City revenue, and public information. Below is a listing of some, but not all, mitigation activities taken to date.
- Added two additional Public Safety Officers in the Patrol Division
- Added a Public Safety Sergeant and three Public Safety Officers in a specialized Community Oriented Problem Solving ("COPS") Unit, focusing on gangs; drugs; transients; prostitution; and parolees/probationers released from State prison
- Added a Public Safety Sergeant and Officer in the Traffic Unit
- Added a Crime Analyst
- Added two Public Safety Officers to staff a quick response vehicle to respond to fire and medical-aid calls for service
- Added a Code Enforcement Officer
- Rohnert Park Expressway Overlay Project from Snyder Lane to State Farm Drive
- Snyder Lane Project from Southwest Boulevard to San Francisco Way
- Snyder Lane Project from Keiser Avenue to Moura Lane (programmed and in design currently)
- Traffic monitoring and signal timing
- Directional signs
- Restriping on Rohnert Park Expressway overcrossing
Improved regulations regarding:
- Pawn shops
- Massage businesses
- Adult businesses
Other Mitigation Activities
- Repaid over $10 million to the City in lost property and sales tax as a result of land in the Northwest Specific Plan Area being purchased by the Tribe
- Funding Economic Development to ensure diversification of the local economy to offset the impacts of the casino
- Funding problem gambling treatment services
- Highway 101 litter removal
- City entrance beautification
Click here for the latest update to the City Council on the use of casino mitigation funds.
Below are links to the agreements and State Compact which govern the funding to mitigate the impacts of the casino.
At the April 20th, 2016 Town Hall Meeting, a presentation on the use of Casino Mitigation Funds from the beginning through February 2016 was provided. Below is a chart showing where the funds have been used.