February 9

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 2/9/2016

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Highlights of the February 09, 2016 Board Meeting:

  1. Employee of the Year
  2. Purchase of Piper Court Apartments
  3. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  4. Sanitary Fees for Central Marin and Ross Valley
  5. Amendments to Social Host Ordinance
  6. Medical Office Project in Strawberry
  7. Measures to Preserve Housing Affordability

1. Employee of the Year

Preview

No earlier than 10 a.m., the Board will present the Employee of the Year award for January 2016 to Mary Wahlberg of the Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures. 

Review

The Board presented the award and congratulated Mary. Learn more about her from her Employee of the Month recognition from July 2015.

Contact: Angela Nicholson, Interim Director of Human Resources

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2. Purchase of Piper Court Apartments

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to approve a $675,000 loan from the County’s Housing Trust Fund for the purchase of the Piper Court Apartments in Fairfax. The apartments are through a partnership with a real estate financing nonprofit and a for-profit management company. Rental restrictions to keep some of the apartments at 120 percent of area median income (for moderate-income renters) end when the existing loan expires in October 2016. County funding would ensure that all the units are affordable for low-income residents. Staff requests that the Board approve the loan and authorize the Board President, subject to County Counsel approval, to execute related loan documents.

Review

The Board approved the Housing Trust Fund loan for the Piper Court Apartments.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Piper Court Apartments loan.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Principal Planner, Community Development Agency

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3. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider one vacancy on the Disaster Council.

Review

The Board made the following appointment:

Disaster Council: Frank Cox

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

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4. Sanitary Fees for Central Marin and Ross Valley

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Department of Public Works to conduct public hearing for consideration of a Marin Sanitary Service and franchise service modification. Rate increase components include wages, benefits (including workers compensation), depreciation and interest, maintenance, and other operating costs. The amendment to the franchise agreement adds a new multi-family and commercial organics collection service to improve zero waste compliance goals, accounting for .1 percent of the recommended rate increases. The rate increases are requested for Central Marin Franchise Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (5.99 percent), Ross Valley South (5.99 percent), and the Oak Manor and Sleepy Hollow areas of Ross Valley North (5.71 percent). 

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and approved the Marin Sanitary Service rate modifications.

Need more info? See the staff report about the rate increases for Marin Sanitary Service.

Contact: Steve Devine, Waste Management Program Manager, Department of Public Works

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5. Amendments to Social Host Ordinance

Preview

The Board will conduct a merit hearing for ordinance amendments to Chapter 6.75 to the Marin County Code (Social Host Accountability Ordinance) by adding the prohibition of loud and unruly parties where controlled substances are served to, possessed by or ingested by underage persons, mandating community service hours for violations, and streamlining hearing procedures. The amendments are supported by staffs of Health and Human Services and the grassroots initiative RxSafe Marin. 

Review

The Board conducted the merit hearing and approved the ordinance amendments.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Social Host Accountability Ordinance.

Contact: Jack Govi, Assistant County Counsel

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6. Medical Office Project in Strawberry

Preview

No earlier than 11 a.m., the Board will consider revising the date for the continued 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 and continued to October 2015, December 2015 and February 2016. Staff recommends that the Board continue the hearing to March 22 to allow the applicant sufficient time to submit additional traffic analysis and for it to be reviewed by a third-party traffic consultant.

Review

The Board denied the date revision and will hear the item on March 15.

Need more info? See the staff report about the plan amendments regarding Bently Holdings. 

Contact: Jeremy Tejirian, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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7. Measures to Preserve Housing Affordability

Preview

No earlier than 1:30 p.m, the Board consider policy options for preservation of housing affordability in Marin County. This agenda item followed three public workshops that took place last fall. 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.

Review

After hearing public testimony, the Board provided direction to the Community Development Agency staff on measures to implement.

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

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Principal Planner, Community Development Agency

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