Public Hearing Schedule Set for Marin Housing Element

County planning staff aims for draft update this fall.

A community plan in Marin.  Image courtesy: County of Marin
A community plan in Marin. Image courtesy: County of Marin
The following is a news release from the county of Marin: 

Public hearings with the Marin County Planning Commission are scheduled to examine long-range plans for housing at all income levels in unincorporated areas of Marin. The first of three hearings will be July 28.


The Marin County Community Development Agency is drafting a new Housing Element update to the Countywide Plan and intends to submit it to the state by Jan. 31, 2015.Marin’s next Housing Element update is required to plan for significantly fewer homes than the previous update. The 2015-2023 Housing Element, with a minimum of 185 homes at all income levels for the entire unincorporated County, will replace the current update from 2007-2014 that was certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development in December 2013.


Prior to submittal, a draft must first be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission, followed by the Board of Supervisors. To begin the review process, the Planning Commission has scheduled hearings on July 28, August 25 and November 17 to offer feedback and to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. In late fall, the Board will review and consider adopting the housing element Update at one or more hearings. The public is encouraged to attend any or all hearings to share comments.


All three Planning Commission hearings will take place in Suite 328 (Planning Commission Chambers) of the Marin County Civic Center at 3501 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael. The first hearing on July 28 has been scheduled as a special evening hearing at 5 p.m. and will begin the review of the draft Housing Element. The 10 a.m. August 25 hearing will continue the public hearing and allow the Planning Commission to consider submittal of the draft to the state for review and comment as required by state law. The 1 p.m. November 17 hearing will address the Planning Commission’s recommendation for adoption of the environmental review document and a final recommendation on the draft to the Board of Supervisors.


The schedule is subject to change. To receive the latest updates, sign up to receive email notifications.


The County has more information online about the Housing Element and materials from the recently held community workshops. The input from the workshops, along with the feedback received from the 2014 Marin Housing Survey and other sources, will be provided to County decision-makers during the update process.


Questions and comments can be emailed to staff directly at housingelement@marincounty.org. For more information, call the Planning Division at 473-6269.


Tina McMillan July 14, 2014 at 01:07 PM
This quote is from the county website: http://www.marincounty.org/depts/bs/district-2/current-issues/roads-traffic-and-transportation-issues =========================================== "Yes, traffic is bad, and seems to be getting worse - in our downtowns, around schools, on our main arterials throughout the County. The increased congestion can be ascribed to two primary causes: an uptick in the school age population and a resurging local and regional economy. Locally, school related traffic now accounts for roughly 25% of morning and afternoon commute congestion. Add to the school related traffic, a rebounding economy, which results not only in retail registers ringing, but also lots more Marin residents working and commuting, primarily in their own cars, to and from and within Marin." ============================================ The majority of traffic is not as Dave the Prag would suggest due to people from outside Marin commuting to Marin. According the the county 25% is school age children being driven throughout the county and the remaining 75% a rebounding economy and people who live in Marin trying to get to jobs.
Tina McMillan July 14, 2014 at 01:20 PM
As long as people oversimplify the problem by suggesting housing as the solution to everything we will fail in our attempts to decrease traffic. Access to housing is one tiny part of a much larger puzzle. ============================================ When it comes to commute people that live in Novato, must travel all over the Bay Area to reach their jobs. Only a small portion of people living here can also work here. If large companies were willing to create satellite offices and provide options for telecommuting then we would make a bigger dent on the traffic problem. ============================================ Public transit throughout Marin does not effectively meet the needs of most residents unless as Kathleen has pointed out, you commute early morning to the city by bus. Marin Transit providers have cut back some local services because they were under utilized. Then they want to expand Novato's bus transit facility because it is slated to become Northern Marin's hub for transfers. Regional needs usurp local needs once again. ============================================ The services needed by local residents have not yet been emphasized by transit planning. The focus is regional due to the funding sources being tied to the Sustainable Communities Strategy. Until we bring planning to the local level and allow cities to make their own decisions about what works best we will keep missing the mark. ============================================ TAM, which controls many of these contracts, is a JPA. They are well intentioned but have a single minded goal when it comes to transportation in Marin. If we want to reduced CO2 emissions today we would do far better putting people into inexpensive hybrids than trying to rebuild the bay area with new homes and new public transit infrastructure. It would cost less, it would have an immediate effect and it would make sense because you would have flexible travel. ============================================ The next biggest change is to convince large companies to relocate satellite offices where people want to live and to expand telecommuting. Advances in computers make it possible to be in communication with colleagues online as you work from home.
M. Manzano July 15, 2014 at 09:37 AM
This is why I will be happy to take my money and move out of California. Good luck, folks.
DavethePragmatist July 15, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Our pleasure. Enjoy. We wish you well.
Tina McMillan July 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Dave: These are the county's own assumptions. I always start with information from local sources. My own observation is that traffic has gotten worse in the past thirty years and nothing we are currently doing is making a sufficient dent in the problem. It doesn't mean that there isn't incoming traffic from outside Marin, it means that the majority of the problem starts inside Marin and a whopping 25% is people taking children to and from schools. Would you agree that bringing jobs closer to people's homes and providing transportation that is less polluting are both better ways to reduce CO2 emissions?


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