Rohnert Park is a city in Sonoma County in the state of California. The city is located about 50 miles north of San Francisco and is considered a larger mid-sized city. Rohnert Park is a unique place, a city that is modeled after both Levittown, New York and Levittown, Pennsylvania. The city has a small but well-known reservoir called Roberts Lakes, as well as numerous other creeks. It is divided into sections referred to by various letters of the alphabet. The city is also home to Sonoma State University, a branch of California State University. Rohnert Park is the third largest city in all of Sonoma County.
The city was one of the first “planned communities” in the whole country. A planned community is a town built in an undeveloped area that is carefully outlined during the entire construction process. Typically, cities are constructed in more of a happenstance manner, but Rohnert Park is an intentionally built community. The city has seven square miles and a population of about 41,000 residents. The city is also home to the Sonoma Mountain Village Rohnert Park, a solar-powered, no-waste development. The facility was built to further Rohnert Park’s goal of being known as an environmentally friendly town.
Rohnert Park is managed by a city council consisting of five members who serve four-year terms. The city is in Sonoma County’s 3rd Supervisorial District, the 3rd Senate District in the state legislature, and the 5th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.