December 18

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 12/18/2018

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Highlights of the December 18, 2018 Board Meeting:

  1. New Phone System for County Departments
  2. Waiving Fees for Certain Rental Units
  3. Travel Safety Plan
  4. Recommended Changes to County Code
  5. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  6. Ordinance on Just Cause for Eviction

1. New Phone System for County Departments

Preview

Shortly after the Board convenes at 10 a.m., following completion of the Marin County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meeting, Board will hear a request from the Information Services and Technology Department to authorize the Board President to execute a five-year agreement with VOX Network Solutions worth $3,960,422 to replace the County’s telephone system. The existing system was installed in 1997 and supports more than 3,500 phones. The proposed new system would accommodate mobile applications, software-based phones, Skype, webchat features, automated features for disaster recovery messaging, and integration to an emergency radio system used by first responders. 

Review

The Board authorized the agreement.

Need more info? See the staff report about proposed new telephone system.

Contact: Liza Massey, Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Services and Technology

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2. Waiving Fees for Certain Rental Units

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency (CDA) to adopt a resolution extending the sunset date and scope of Resolution No. 2018-47, to waive or reduce building and planning fees for the junior accessory dwelling units (JADU) fee waiver program. A JADU is a room rental within an existing residence; such units usually have a small food preparation area and separate entrance/exit. Marin continues to experience a severe housing crisis, especially for affordable homes for lower-income residents. The State of California has eased regulations on the creation of JADUs in recognition of some of the highest housing costs in the nation. The fee waiver is recommended to be capped at $1,500 for each permit received during that time frame. Staff recommends that the County assist in mitigating the impact of increased demand for housing by encouraging and facilitating the creation of JADUs. The proposed resolution also authorizes the Public Works Director to waive roadway impact fees associated with the creation of JADUs, and expands the authority of CDA to waive building fees for accessory dwelling units (ADUs). 

Review

The Board adopted the resolution and extended the fee waiver program.

Need more info? See the staff report about the resolution about junior accessory dwelling units.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Senior Planner, Community Development Agency

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3. Travel Safety Plan

Preview

The Board will hear a presentation from the Department of Public Works (DPW) on the 2018 Marin County Travel Safety Plan that provides a countywide systemic safety analysis of collision on local (non-state) arterial and collector roadways. DPW worked with Parisi Transportation Consulting and partnered with all Marin towns and cities in conducting the analysis. The project, which began in 2016, also involved collaboration with various town and city police departments, the Marin County Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol. The systemic safety analysis of roadways will help drive future improvement projects, grant applications and traffic safety outreach programs for unincorporated areas of Marin and its 11 cities and towns. 

Review

The Board heard the presentation and approved the plan. 

Need more info? See the staff report about the travel safety plan. 

Contact: Bob Goralka, Principal Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works

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4. Recommended Changes to County Code

Preview

Not before 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct merit hearings for two requests from the Department of Public Works, both recommended changes to the Marin County Code. The first is a revision to Chapter 24.04 related to parking and loading standards, to align with the Countywide Plan's Housing Element. The revision would reduce parking requirements for most facilities other than single-family detached units and are intended to encourage a variety of housing types, reduce vehicle dependency and reflect updated state-level regulations. The second change is an amendment to Chapter 2.18 related to the delegation authority to award informal construction contracts up to $200,000. The State of California has voted to raise the minimum limits for projects. The ordinance amendment would accommodate the increased limit and clarify that public projects under $60,000 may be performed by the County's own forces, negotiated contract or by purchase order.

Review

The Board conducted the hearings and approved both changes to the County Code.

Need more info? See the staff reports about the parking requirements and the awarding of informal contracts.

Contact: Raul Rojas, Director, Department of Public Works

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5. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider a vacancy on the Alto Sanitary District Board of Directors. 

Review

The Board made the following appointment:

Alto Sanitary District Board of Directors: Emily Elam

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

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6. Ordinance on Just Cause for Eviction

Preview

No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a merit hearing for an ordinance to require cause to terminate a residential tenancy, commonly called just cause for eviction. Just cause policies are intended to provide stability for households who rent by regulating the grounds for eviction: very simply, ensuring there is a specific reason for rental termination. The policies promote greater awareness of the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants and provide a clear and transparent process for evictions and lease terminations. In June 2018, the Assessment of Fair Housing identified consideration of a just cause policy as a priority recommendation to promote fair housing opportunities in Marin. In response, the Board scheduled and held a September 2018 workshop to explore just cause policies. At that time, the Board gave direction to staff but no vote was taken. The Board unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance on December 4.

Review

The Board conducted the merit hearing and approved the ordinance.

Need more info?  See the staff report about the just cause for eviction ordinance.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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