County’s Affordable Housing Workshops Continue

April 26 event is the second of five community workshops to share input on why and how the County plans for future housing.

Affordable housing complex in Larkspur.  Courtesy photo.
Affordable housing complex in Larkspur. Courtesy photo.

The following is a news release from the County of Marin: 

The Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA) is embarking on the next phase of a plan to meet housing needs at all income levels in unincorporated areas of the County, and a community workshop is being held at 1 p.m. April 26 in San Rafael.


The event at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin church (240 Channing Way) will be a different kind of public meeting. In a hands-on workshop setting, participants will work together in a practical exercise to discuss future housing for unincorporated Marin. The exercise will consider housing sites throughout the unincorporated areas of the county, not just those near the workshop location.


The workshop format will be repeated at three other locations: Al Boro/Pickleweed Community Center in San Rafael (May 3), Mill Valley Community Center (May 6) and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Strawberry (May 10). Residents may attend any or all workshops.


The next housing element update to the Countywide Plan is required to plan for significantly fewer homes than the previous update. The 2014-2023 plan, with approximately 185 homes, will replace the current plan. The 2007-2014 housing element was certified by the California State Department of Housing and Community Development in December.


Marin has one of the highest median incomes in the United States – $97,100 for a family of four – yet many working families and young adults, seniors on fixed incomes and people with disabilities struggle to meet basic housing needs.


A draft housing element update will be presented to the Marin County Planning Commission in the summer, and Board of Supervisors hearings are set for winter 2014-15. The public is encouraged to provide feedback and input during these hearings.  


Can’t make it to one of the workshops? Consider visiting our online forum called Open Marin to take a survey about housing, or sign up for email notices on our website at www.marincounty.org/housingelement.

novato 3per April 15, 2014 at 09:22 PM
We are not planning on growing our population. There will be no need for more housing, there are only fewer and fewer jobs and they tell us we have a water shortage. We also cannot bear more traffic on our freeways and feeder roads. There are plenty of apartments for lower income levels, as evidenced by the 80% or more foreign nationals living in Novato's apartments, earning some of the lowest incomes in the county. We will also be shifting gears on Immigration in a couple of years so that many of the criminal aliens in our communites will be sent back to their home countries. Marin's beauty and value is largely due to limited development and open space. Property values have traditionally reflected these benefits. Prospective Marin homeowners need to sacrifice and work hard, maybe 2 jobs. It worked for me. Noone is entitled to live here just because they show up. I'm so tired of the perpetual lie that there is a neec for more housing to be built. We have to pack those meetings in protest.Politicians and residential developers in Marin need to look elsewhere for their next mega project. We're all stocked up here.
Concerned Citizen April 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Well I was with you as far as lack of jobs, overcrowded infrastructure and of course no water for future growth. The last one especially resonates a need for responsible action by our BOS and assorted City Councils to simply say no to massive new development. There should be a responsibility to those already living here both rich and low income & all in between close to mandatory conservation in this drought to protect our ability to survive and protect all our investments in our homes and the environment. Politicians pandering for votes and re-election funds should not b allowed to represent the electorate. They are tainted by special interests. If affordable housing is needed it should be fairly apportioned and then voted by each city or county. Local needs should be controlled by local citizens. No more ABAG nonsensical rationale for Sacramento socialism to destroy what is left of Calif.
Hopkin April 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Don't worry if unincorporated areas aren't near any mass transit or roads at all - we will build all that once you put in the housing!
DMC April 16, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Hopkin--Our Novato leaders seem to be preparing for that ---judging by the Train Station location-----and new---stealth Grand Central Bus Station-----(that no one know's about except the city council and Mayor
Mary L Holman April 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Why don't the rich people house and insure their own servants? Now we are supposed welcome more low-income housing to be stacked everywhere. We pay extra to import our water from Sonoma - let the rich people buy google buses and import their own servants, who can live where it's already cheap.


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