November 17

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 11/17/2015

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Highlights of the November 17, 2015 Board Meeting:

  1. Marin Medical Reserve Corps at Valley Fire
  2. Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment
  3. Update on ATOM Project
  4. Forest Knolls Affordable Housing
  5. Purchase and Sale Agreement for Forest Knolls Affordable Housing
  6. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  7. Appeal of Planning Commission Approval
  8. Community Discussion about Preserving Affordable Housing

1. Marin Medical Reserve Corps at Valley Fire

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No earlier than 10 a.m., the Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution commending the Marin Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers’ response during the Valley Fire this fall in Lake County. The Marin Medical Reserve Corps, a nationally recognized volunteer service organization, provides trained and organized medical experts to supplement professional emergency response to a disaster or other public health need in Marin County. 

Review

The Board adopted the resolution and congratulated the volunteers, many of whom where in attendance.

Need more info? See the draft resolution and read one volunteer's story about her deployment to Middletown after the Valley Fire.

Contact: Nancy Vernon, aide to Supervisor Rice

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2. Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

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The Board will hear an informational presentation on the Draft Marin Coast Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment compiled by the Community Development Agency’s Collaboration: Sea-level Marin Action Response Team (C-SMART). The team was started in June 2014 to guide the County as it began to prepare for the threats of sea-level rise and increased storm surges for coastal communities. The Vulnerability Assessment is the first of two major deliverables from C-SMART and serves as a foundation for the second deliverable, the Adaptation Strategy Report. The assessment analyzes exposure and sensitivity to higher tides, the community's ability to adapt to higher tides, and the timing and potential impacts for each built and natural asset.

Review

The Board heard the presentation and provided feedback.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Vulnerability Assessment from the C-SMART program.

Contact: Bridgit Van Bellegham, Planner, Community Development Agency

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3. Update on ATOM Project

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The Board will hear a request to receive a status report on the Administrative Technologies of Marin (ATOM) Project implementation. The Board has approved more than $14 million for a new software system to support the County’s administrative functions of business operations, including budgeting, accounting, purchasing, payroll and human resources management. In December 2014, after more than four years of research and due diligence, the County entered into a contract with Tyler Technologies to implement a new finance, payroll and human resources system. Today the project is on time and on budget. The implementation team is about halfway through the planned time for the finance phase of the project and still projecting an on-time delivery of the new system in July 2016. In January 2016, the Human Resources and Payroll phase of the project will kick off with a projected go-live date of July 2017. When ATOM fully implemented, the County expects to enhance its business processes and save money in the long run. 

Review

The Board received the status report.

Need more info? See the staff report about the ATOM Project update.

Contact: Tim Flanagan, ATOM Project Manager

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4. Forest Knolls Affordable Housing

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to approve a loan in the amount of $617,198 from the County’s Housing Trust fund for the purchase and rehabilitation of the Forest Knolls Trailer Court and approve related actions as detailed in the staff report. The 20-unit trailer court provides a unique homeownership opportunity for low-income families and individuals. The San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association is seeking to acquire the property from the County with the goal of preserving it as permanent affordable housing. The purchase of this property illustrates the acquisition for preservation strategy that is scheduled to discussed in more detail during the afternoon Board workshop on Preserving Housing Affordability and Preventing Displacement.

Review

The Board approved the loan from the County's Housing Trust and approved related actions.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Forest Knolls Trailer Court.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Principal Planner, Community Development Agency

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5. Purchase and Sale Agreement for Forest Knolls Affordable Housing

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The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to authorize the Board President to execute a purchase and sale agreement with the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association for real property at 6690 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The address is the location of the 20-unit Forest Knolls Trailer Court. The agreement contains all terms and conditions of the sale including a 60-day due diligence period and a closing date of no later than January 10, 2016.

Review

The Board authorized the Board President to execute the purchase and sale agreement.

Need more info? See the staff report about the purchase and sale agreement for the Forest Knolls Trailer Court property.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Principal Planner, Community Development Agency

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6. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider two vacancies on the In-Home Supportive Services board and one on the County Service Area 33 (Stinson Beach) Advisory Board.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

In-Home Supportive Services board: Herbert Meyer, Joe O'Hehir, Terry Scussel

County Service Area 33 (Stinson Beach) Advisory Board: Michael Mitchell

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

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7. Appeal of Planning Commission Approval

Preview

At 1:30 p.m. (subject to change), the Board will hear the continuation of a hearing to consider an appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of the Hjorth Coastal Permit 14-16, 4 Calle del Embarcadero, Stinson Beach. On February 9, the Planning Commission upheld by a 6-0 vote the Deputy Zoning Administrator’s decision conditionally approving the Heidi Hjorth Coastal Permit application to construct a new 1,400-square-foot residence with an attached 535-square-foot garage on a 4,800 square foot vacant lot on Calle del Embarcadero. On April 7, the Board voted to continue the matter until May 12 after presentations from both parties, public testimony and Supervisor comments. The Board asked staff to consult with the Coastal Commission about existing policies for similar permits located in flood plains. The matter was continued again on May 12.

Review

The Board approved a revised resolution denying the appeal and conditionally approving the Hjorth Coastal Permit.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Hjorth Coastal Permit appeal.

Contact: Scott Greeley, Planner, Community Development Agency

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8. Community Discussion about Preserving Affordable Housing

Preview

No earlier than 2:30 p.m, the Board will continue its series of informational workshops to consider policy options for preservation of housing affordability in Marin County. As local housing costs have increased steadily, the sources of funding to support the preservation and creation of affordable housing opportunities have been shrinking. The trends are reflected by low vacancy rates, the pressures of increasing demand, and a widening gap between housing affordability and the cost of purchasing and renting a home. Many lower and moderate income residents, including seniors and families, are struggling with the high cost of housing. In addition, Marin’s workforce is facing longer commutes with fewer of those employed by local businesses living in the county. Community Development Agency staff recommends that the Board evaluate a comprehensive set of policy options that, with the measures already being implemented, would help prevent displacement and preserve housing affordability. Several dozen residents spoke at the first meeting in this series on October 13, and staff recommends scheduling another workshop for 5 p.m. December 15.

Review

The Board heard a staff presentation from the Community Development Agency and listened to public testimony. The Board took no action on the matter but scheduled the next workshop for 5 p.m. December 15.

Need more info? See the staff report and the PowerPoint presentation about the 2015 Rental Housing Survey.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Principal Planner, Community Development Agency

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