August 7

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 8/7/2018

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Highlights of the August 07, 2018 Board Meeting:

  1. Landlord Partnership Program and Real Community Rentals Program
  2. Clarification in Rental Housing Dispute Resolution
  3. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  4. Short-Term Rentals Ordinance
  5. Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance Amendments

1. Landlord Partnership Program and Real Community Rentals Program

Preview

Shortly after convening at 9:30 a.m., the Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to authorize the Board President to execute a contract with Marin Housing Authority (MHA) in an amount not to exceed $450,000, for a two-year continuation of the Landlord Partnership Program. In addition, there will be a review of the scope of work for a proposed agreement with Community Land Trust Association of West Marin (CLAM), in an amount not to exceed $50,000, for a two-year continuation of the Real Community Rentals Program. Both programs, designed to assuage Marin's affordable housing crisis, successfully achieved and surpassed contract deliverables in their initial two-year pilots. CLAM developed 13 new affordable housing opportunities in underutilized homes and MHA increased its success rate from 56 percent to 59 percent. Both programs concluded at the end of June 2018.

Review

The Board authorized the execution of the MHA contract and approved the agreement with CLAM.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Landlord Partnership Program and Real Community Rentals Program.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Housing Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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2. Clarification in Rental Housing Dispute Resolution

Preview

The Board will hear the first reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 5.95 of the Marin County Code, known as Rental Housing Dispute Resolution, to simplify the eligibility criteria and clarify provisions that define "good faith" participation in the program. The program was established in January 2018 to provide mandatory mediation services for landlords and tenants who are party to a rent increase greater than 5 percent over a 12-month period or a change in housing services that is equivalent to a similar rent increase. Staff recommends that the program be amended to allow eligibility determinations to be based solely on changes in monetary rent to promote greater transparency and clarity.

Review

The Board heard the first reading and scheduled a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. August 21.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Rental Housing Dispute Resolution program.

Contact: Debbi La Rue, Housing Planner, Community Development Agency

 

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3. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider 20 vacancies on the Marin County Youth Commission and one on the Disaster Council.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Marin County Youth Commission: Lizbeth Mendieta Alvarado, Katarina Ament, Loughlin Browne, Diego Chavarria, Ruby Raye Clarke, Joshua (Josh) Espulgar-Rowe, Talia Green, Adam Guggenheim, Ava Francis-Hall, Jordyn Huff, Elise Lamarre, Kenyamarie Mahone, Francesca McLaughlin, Dhruv Pareek, Clarissa Ramirez, Rohan Sanda, Julia Scharf, Elliott Scheuer, Abigail Smith, Jack Suchodolski, Micherice Tao, Gabriel Ural, and Marlowe Ural.

Disaster Council: Michael Grant

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

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4. Short-Term Rentals Ordinance

Preview

No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will conduct hearing for an ordinance establishing certain requirements for short-term rentals. Specifically, the ordinance requires that notification of a short-term rental be provided to surrounding properties before the owner of the short-term rental obtains or renews a business license. Notification may be provided either by an on-site sign or by letters or door hangers to surrounding properties and would need to identify a local contact, a complaint hotline, and other information. The ordinance would expire after two years unless extended by the Board.

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and adopted the ordinance.

Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance on short-term rentals.

Contact: Jeremy Tejirian, Planning Manager, County Development Agency.

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5. Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance Amendments

Preview

The Board will conduct a public hearing for an ordinance amending the County Code to related to the Marin County Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) program in the Department of Finance. The purpose is to provide more effective remedies for the department to ensure compliance related to collection and remittance of TOT for all operators. Short-term rentals of single-family dwellings via online hosting platforms has grown significantly in Marin, and the ordinance amendments would prevent the evasion of tax remittance in those rental properties. Some language in the County Code has been described as overly harsh, and its repeal would reduce the need for judicial proceedings.

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and adopted the ordinance amendment.

Need more info? See the staff report about changes to the Transient Occupancy Tax.

Contact: Roy Given, Director, Department of Finance

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