July 21

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 7/21/2015

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Highlights of the July 21, 2015 Board Meeting:

  1. Support of Marin Strong Start
  2. Property Assessed Clean Energy
  3. Rush Creek Lighting and Landscaping
  4. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  5. Affordable Housing Combining District

1. Support of Marin Strong Start

Preview

At approximately 10 a.m. (subject to change) following a Housing Board meeting, the Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution supporting Marin Strong Start for all of Marin’s children. Strong Start is a grassroots coalition working to ensure successful futures for kids in the county. Access to quality preschool, comprehensive health care, wellness services, childcare and after-school academic support is linked to higher academic achievement, successful careers and health, economically vibrant communities. In its draft resolution, the Board said it supports the efforts of Strong Star to develop a dedicated funding stream for essential programs.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution and wished the program luck with a planned local tax measure in 2016.

Need more info? See the draft resolution in support of Marin Strong Start.

Contact: Sandy Laird, aide to Supervisor Rice

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2. Property Assessed Clean Energy

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to take two actions related to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). Financing from this program is a means for local home and business owners to finance energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy improvements to their properties. Using PACE financing, property owners can finance the up-front cost of energy and water-related improvements via a special voluntary property tax. The Community Development Agency is asking the Board to, A) authorize the Director to execute agreements for collaborative services for PACE Financing Marketplace with approved program providers; B) adopt required resolutions allowing property owners in the unincorporated areas of Marin County to participate in additional PACE financing programs.

Review

The Board authorized the director to execute the agreements and adopted required resolutions allowing public participation.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Property Assessed Clean Energy program.

Contact: Dana Armanino, Senior Planner, Community Development Agency Sustainability Team

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3. Rush Creek Lighting and Landscaping

Preview

The Board will hear a request from Marin County Parks to conduct a public information meeting regarding the continuation of the Rush Creek Lighting and Landscaping District. On June 16, the Board adopted a resolution of intention to continue maintenance and operation of the Rush Creek Landscaping and Lighting District on the east side of Novato. As required by the Streets and Highways Code, the Board must now conduct a public information meeting, allowing an opportunity for the public to ask questions about the district and the $949 annual assessment. Staff recommends conducting the meeting and scheduling public protest hearing for 11 a.m. July 28.

Review

The Board scheduled the public information meeting and public protest for 11 a.m. July 28.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Rush Creek Lighting and Landscaping District.

Contact: Ron Miska, Acting Director, Marin County Parks

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4. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider seven vacancies on the Human Rights Commission and two on the Personnel Commission.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Personnel Commission: James Finkelstein, Steven Voss

Human Rights Commission: Gina Fromer, Kristin Nash, Nancy Johnson, Christian Martinez, Ken Casey

Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.

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5. Affordable Housing Combining District

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing to consider Planning Commission recommendations for amendments to Development Code Chapter 22.14 regarding the Affordable Housing (AH) Combining District. In conjunction with adopting the 2015-2023 Housing Element Update to the Countywide Plan, the Board directed staff to initiate the rezoning process to change the assigned density from 30 units per acre to 20 units per acre. The three sites that are within the AH Combining District include portions of the sites located at St. Vincent’s Drive (north San Rafael), Seminary Drive (Strawberry) and 441 Drake Avenue (Marin City). On June 22, the Planning Commission voted to maintain the AH District on three sites as initially adopted in 2013 and recommended minor text amendments to Development Code Chapter 22.14 for clarity.

Review

The Board rejected the Planning Commission's recommendations and directed staff to continue with a default density of 20 units per acre.

Need more info? See the staff report on the Affordable Housing Combining District amendments.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Principal Planner, Community Development Agency

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