October 13

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 10/13/2015

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Highlights of the October 13, 2015 Board Meeting:

  1. Rental Housing Survey Results
  2. 5-Year Business Plan
  3. Employee of the Month
  4. Food Day
  5. Continued Declarations of Local Emergencies
  6. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  7. Medical Office Project in Strawberry

1. Rental Housing Survey Results

Preview

At 9 a.m., the Board will conduct an informational workshop to review the results of the 2015 Rental Housing Survey and consider policy options to preserve 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. County staff recommends evaluating a comprehensive set of policy options that together with the measures already being implemented would help prevent displacement and preserve housing affordability.

Review

The Board conducted the workshop and heard the presentation from the Community Development Agency staff. Several dozen residents spoke, and the Supervisors agreed that more discussion on the matter needed to be scheduled.

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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2. 5-Year Business Plan

Preview

The Board will consider the County’s draft Five-Year Business Plan, which is designed to guide future organizational development, technology, and performance management efforts. For more than a year, the County has worked on a meaningful action plan and metrics that would help it determine its success over the next five years. Staff has set goals of making the County a more adaptive organization in which engagement, learning and leadership is encouraged at all levels of the organization. The Five-Year Business focuses on five areas: Diversity and Inclusion; Innovation and Change; Growth and Development; and Communication and Engagement. Approximately $440,000 has been set aside for one-time implementation costs of the plan, but additional staffing for public communication efforts would result in ongoing costs of approximately $175,000. The costs can be absorbed for the 2015-16 fiscal year but would result in ongoing increased costs starting fiscal year 2016-17.

Review

The Board approved the Five-Year Business Plan and thanked all those involved.

Need more info? See the Five-Year Business Plan and the staff report.

Contact: Angela Nicholson, Acting Director of Human Resources


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3. Employee of the Month

Preview

The Board will present the Employee of the Month award for September to Carol Heaney of the Public Defender's Office.

Review

Board President Rice read the following:

Carol Heaney, a legal process specialist since 1987, is everything a Marin County employee should be: positive, energetic, competent and caring. Carol’s legendary direct style of communication and sense of humor have earned her respect both inside and outside her department. For many years, Carol has assembled all of the “in custody” files in the Public Defender’s office, and helped attorneys to obtain necessary discovery and other documents. She is very detail oriented, and rarely does one need to ask her twice to complete a task. In many ways, Carol Heaney represents the “heart” of the Public Defender’s Office. 
 
Carol volunteers every year to coordinate the Combined Charities Campaign, and she has helped our office to achieve a high level of participation. She recently collected donations to secure backpacks and school supplies for Marin’s homeless and poor children. Carol is a person who exemplifies the mission of the Public Defender by treating everyone with respect, and working toward our goal of encouraging our clients to lead positive and productive lives. 
 
Thank you, Carol, for your service and congratulations on being chosen Employee of the Month.


Contact: Jose Varela, Public Defender

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4. Food Day

Preview

The Board will hear a request to adopt a resolution proclaiming October 24 as Food Day in Marin County and receive a report from the Marin Food Policy Council. The report is about equitable access to healthy and local food. By passing the resolution, the Board would be reconizing the need to increase access to healthy and local food in various ways.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the staff report about Food Day and the Marin Food Policy Council report.

Contact: David Lewis, Farm Advisor

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5. Continued Declarations of Local Emergencies

Preview

The Board will conduct a merit hearing on an ordinance amending Marin County Code Section 2.99.035 relating to Emergency Organization and Function to reflect changes to Government Code 8630 requiring the Board of Supervisors to review the need for continuing a local emergency every 30 days. Subsequent to declaring a local emergency in December 2014 because of severe storms, it was determined that the Marin County Code was no longer consistent with the California Government Code Section 8630, which had been amended in 2009 to require a Board of Supervisors to review the need for continuing a local emergency every 30 days rather than every 14 days. The County Code needs to reflect current language in the Government Code. 

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and approved the ordinance amendment.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Government Code change.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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6. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider two vacancies on the County Service Area 20 (Indian Valley) Board, one on the Measure A (Parks) Community Oversight Committee, and one on the Disaster Council.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

County Service Area 20 (Indian Valley) Board: Craig Knowlton

Measure A (Parks) Community Oversight Committee: Joe Meyland

Disaster Council: Keith Kennedy

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

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7. Medical Office Project in Strawberry

Preview

No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will consider the Bently Holdings Master Plan Amendment and Precise Development Plan Amendment, with supplemental use permit findings, for the property located at 1 and 2 Belvedere Place, Mill Valley (APN 043-151-32). On February 23, 2015, the Planning Commission recommended that the Board conditionally approve the amendments and use permit findings to allow up to 47,500 square feet of office space to be utilized for medical services on the property in unincorporated Strawberry. The 1984 Strawberry Hill Master Plan and subsequent Precise Development Plans expressly prohibited the allowance of medical offices. The location is a 10.7-acre lot with two office buildings totaling approximately 100,000 square feet just south and east of Strawberry Village, Redwood Highway and Highway 101. In June 2015, the applicant submitted a revised traffic study. In July 2015, Caltrans identified issues with the applicant's analysis and the County Department of Public Works concurred with the Caltrans comments. The matter was heard by the Board on August 11 but continued to October 13 so that County staff could conduct a review by a third-party traffic engineer, funded by the applicant, to review the applicant’s current traffic study. 

Review

The Board continued the hearing until December 15.

Need more info? The staff report about the plan amendments regarding Bently Holdings was not available on Thursday afternoon. It will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Contact: Scott Greeley, Planner, Community Development Agency

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