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City Council: ABAG Not the Enemy

In discussing its latest lobbying effort against the agency’s allocation of new housing development for Mill Valley, council makes it clear that it has no intention of leaving.

Pat Ravasio, a real estate agent with Frank Howard Allen and the wife of Corte Madera Mayor Bob Ravasio, appeared before the Mill Valley City Council Tuesday night to urge the city to join Corte Madera in its decision last March to leave the Association of Bay Area Governments in protest of the agency’s allocation of new housing development to it.

The council was set to discuss a letter City Hall had sent to ABAG, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"city-hall-takes-new-tack-in-abag-dispute"} -->, utilizing to push back on its own allocation and

Rico September 20, 2012 at 05:03 PM
The City Council makes a very good point about the population still growing without adding many new houses in Mill Valley. There are many large older houses that families were raised in, and the children moved out, so, there are houses that used to have 3 to 6 people living in them now only have 1 or 2 people in them. Some people like having the extra space for many years but as they grow older don't want to do all the maintenance and upkeep on the property, so they sell the house to a new young family. At least the City Council knows what is going on here, and realized that we are all built out and grown up, and trying to cram in more multi-family apartment buildings down in the commercial zones is not needed. Like they said, ABAG is the messenger, so we should give ABAG the message that we don't have the room or resources for their mandates. We should not have to downgrade our quality of life to accommodate developers dreams backed by ABAG. ABAG does not need to go away, but should be focusing their development efforts in areas that can sustain them, and Mill Valley is not one of them.
Linda Rames September 21, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Linda Rames ABAG would like us to think they are just the messenger; however, this is just slighty unbelievable considering the housing numbers are doled out by ABAG. Somewhat more than the messenger, this voluntary organization, made up of members of local governments, arbitrarily decides how much housing each town will have to accomodate. And apparently, those numbers can change if a community objects as strenuosly as Corte Madera. How fair is that? I agree we need to go to the state to fix this problem but first ABAG has to go. I challenge Mill Valley to investigate a little further before rolling over for an obsolete organization which would not exist were it not for membership fees from local governments;.
RD September 21, 2012 at 03:25 AM
On our street, as older folks move on, houses that once held 1 or 2 people, are filling up with young families, or couples that are just about to start families. Mill Valley is a suburb not an urban center - that's why we left SF!
Janet Maiorana December 06, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Councilman Ken Watchel said, "ABAG is not the villain. If you don't like what ABAG is doing deal with the state legislature". That is word for word what MTC/ABAG commissioners told us at the visioning sessions. We took their advice, and complained to our state Senator. He was livid. He said it made him sick when ABAG tries to blame someone else. He also explained MTC/ABAG were in it from the beginning. Our Senator should know as he was an ABAG commissioner when plans were made to steal our freedoms. Folks, do not drink the kool aid. Tell ABAG to get out of Dodge.

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