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 March 13, 2018 Board Meeting:
Shortly after the start of the 9 a.m. meeting, the Board will receive a presentation from First 5 Marin on “Making Ends Meet in Marin,” a report about the high cost of housing and child care in Marin. More than one third of families in Marin do not earn enough money to make ends meet, according to First 5 Marin, sometimes called the Marin Children and Families Commission. The median price of a single-family home in the county is $1.2 million, requiring an income of $260,000 to qualify. The median condominium price is $550,000, only affordable for those making $150,000 annually. Fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $3,018, requiring about $120,000 per household per year. Child care costs run between $16,000 to $36,000 at an average cost of $8.33 per hour.
The Board received the presentation.
Need more info? See the staff report and accompanying flyer about "Making Ends Meet in Marin."
Contact: Susannah Clark, aide to Supervisor Connolly
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The Board will hear a presentation from the Marin County Agricultural Commissioner about the 2017 Marin County Consumer Protection Report. The report was created by the Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures, based at an office in Novato. The staff spent 5,258 hours serving the public’s interest by ensuring accuracy and equity in the marketplace and protecting the health and welfare of Marin residents. Staff performed more than 9,100 inspections to ensure accuracy of measuring devices and checking the prices charged to consumers.
The Board accepted the report.
Need more info? See the staff report about Marin County Consumer Protection Report. The report will be unveiled at the meeting and shared online afterward.
Contact: Stacy Carlsen, Agricultural Commissioner
No earlier than 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct a hearing for 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.
The Board adopted the ordinance.
Need more info? See the staff report about the County's green building requirements.
Contact: Alice Zanmiller, Sustainability Team Planner, Community Development Agency
The Board will hear a request from County Parks to authorize the Board President to execute an agreement with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) for the purchase of an agricultural conservation easement over McIsaac Ranch. The 527-acre ranch, on the north bank of Nicasio Reservoir, has been leased by the McIsaac family from an absentee landowner for more than 137 years. It was recently put up for sale and marketed as a potential multi-estate development. The agreement would protect the ranch from development and be a 50-50 split in fair-market costs between MALT and the County. Authorization of the agreement would result in an increase of $1,731,850 in Measure A Farmland Preservation Program Funds for the purchase.
The Board authorized the agreement.
Need more info? See the staff report about the easement at McIsaac Ranch.
Contact: Chris Chamberlain, Assistant Director, Marin County Parks
No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board was scheduled to conduct a merit hearing for an ordinance regarding the posting of signs identifying short-term rentals, payment of taxes and business licenses. On the advice of County Counsel, the Community Development Agency is recommending that the Board continue the hearing to a future date to be determined later. As written for the first reading, the ordinance would have required the posting of a small sign within eyesight of the street and information about the payment of taxes, business licenses, and contact information for the owner or property manager. The proposed changes would've be enacted for a one-year pilot period and only affect short-term rental properties in the unincorporated parts of Marin. Staff plans to return with a revised ordinance this spring.
The Board continued the item to a date uncertain.
Need more info? See the staff report about signage for short-term rentals.
Contact: Jeremy Tejirian, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency
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