Board agendas are posted on the Thursday prior a Tuesday meeting usually between noon and 3 p.m. These highlights provide a quick preview for the most newsworthy items on the agenda. While it's not the full agenda, you'll find enough context and background to understand why the item was brought before the Board, the potential community impacts of a Board vote and the costs associated with the staff recommendation.
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Highlights of the February 27, 2018 Board Meeting:
Shortly after the start of the 9 a.m. meeting, the Board will consider a resolution in support of net neutrality. The concept is described as the idea, principle, or requirement that internet service providers should or must treat all internet data the same regardless of its kind, source, or destination. The Director of the Marin County Free Library and MARINet requested a Board resolution in support of net neutrality following a December 2017 vote by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal all protections in its 2015 Open Internet Order. The Board's draft resolution cites potential web traffic slowdowns or complete blocking of some sites, which could result in additional costs by the library system to internet service providers. Many people in Marin, especially low-income residents and families, rely on computers at the local library branches to stay connected.
The Board adopted the resolution. See the video of this agenda item.
Need more info? See the staff report about net neutrality.
Contact: Susannah Clark, aide to Supervisor Connolly
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The Board will hear a request from Marin County Parks to accept the 2017 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Report and approve the 2018 list of allowed products. The County has been putting its “organic first” philosophy to work for many years now. The report, which meets County ordinance requirements, includes a review of pesticide use, program violations, product exemptions issued and a summary of the non-chemical IPM effort. In 2017, 126 of 147 locations covered by County IPM policy were maintained without the use of pesticides. Conventional chemical compounds are only used as a last resort in critical-use situations as a means for bringing infestations under control, and always with the goal of transition away from chemical use. The County's IPM program continues to serve as a model program for other public agencies.
The Board accepted the report and approved the list of allowed products.
Need more info? See the staff report about the IPM report.
Contact: Chris Chamberlain, Assistant Director, Marin County Parks
The Board will hear the first reading of an ordinance amending Title 19 of the Marin County Code updating the County’s green building requirements. The County has been requiring residential projects to comply with green building and increased energy efficiency requirements since 2002. The proposed amendments to the 2010 Green Building Ordinance pertain to increased sustainability, flexibility in compliance options, more clarity and concise language, and countywide code consistency. Staff recommends that the Board schedule a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. March 13.
The Board recommended modifications to the ordinance and scheduled the merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. March 13.
Need more info? See the staff report about the County's green building requirements.
Contact: Brian Crawford, Director, Community Development Agency
No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a workshop and hear an update on the Collaboration Sea Level Marin Adaptation Response Team (“C-SMART”) Phase I Completion and commencement of Phase II. Climate experts estimate that sea levels could rise by up to 70 inches by 2100, and the frequency and intensity of storms is anticipated to increase. The County of Marin, acting upon a 2008 Governor's Executive Order, is building resiliency to climate change by taking a thoughtful and sensible approach to adaptation.
Staff recommends that the Board take the following actions:
The Board conducted the workshop, heard the update on C-SMART efforts, and accepted the vulnerability assessment. It also adopted a resolution requesting grant funding from the Ocean Protection Council for a feasibility study for a nature-based green infrastructure project at Stinson Beach.
Need more info? See the staff report and presentation about the C-SMART update.
Contact: Jack Liebster, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency
No earlier than 2:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a hearing to consider the Marin County Unincorporated Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and Amended Negative Declaration. These documents are the policy and program framework for the development and implementation of safety and accessibility improvements for bike and pedestrian paths. In the unincorporated parts of Marin, there are 11.4 miles of Class I (multiuse) separated pathways, and a buildout would add another 21.3 miles. There are 31.0 miles of bike lanes and road shoulders with another 108.8 miles proposed, mostly in West Marin. For pedestrians, sidewalk improvement projects are identified for unincorporated locations in Strawberry, Mill Valley and Point Reyes Station. Following public workshops, the resulting Master Plan update is consistent with the 2007 Countywide Plan.
The Board conducted the hearing and adopted resolutions accepting the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update and Amended Negative Declaration.
Contact: Max Korten, Director, Marin County Parks
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