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Highlights of the March 27, 2018 Board Meeting:
As part of Consent Calendar A, the Board will consider the 2017 Housing Element Annual Progress Report (2015-2023 Housing Element) and direct staff to submit the report to the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the state Office of Planning and Research. State law requires cities and counties to submit an annual report by April 1 of each year to measure progress toward meeting the Regional Housing Needs Allocation for the unincorporated areas of Marin. The report describes accomplishments and challenges related to achieving implementation of housing programs as defined in the 2015-2023 Housing Element. Accepting the report does not involve any Board decisions about housing sites or policies.
The Board accepted the report and directed staff to submit it to the state.
Need more info? See the staff report about the Housing Element Annual Progress Report.
Contact: Debbi La Rue, Housing Planner, Community Development Agency
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Shortly after the Board meeting begins at 9 a.m., the Board will consider the following actions related to the purchase and planning of the San Geronimo Golf Course Property: adopt a resolution authorizing the execution of a $150,000 grant agreement with the State Coastal Conservancy; authorize the Board President to execute a golf course management services agreement with Touchstone Golf LLC. If approved, Touchstone would manage and operate the golf course from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020, with two additional options for the County to extend the term for one additional year. The Board approved a purchase agreement for the property in November 2017 with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), and TPL is maintaining ownership until the County can raise funds to complete the purchase. TPL bought the land for $8.85 million, the same price the County has agreed to pay TPL for the property. The County kept the fairways and greens in a play-ready condition the past few months in anticipation of a golf course operation agreement. Touchstone Golf, founded in 2005, is the 10th largest American-based golf course management company. With direct ties to the Bay Area, the company has 35 courses under its management. The $150,000 State Coastal Conservancy grant will support a community engagement and vision planning process for future public uses of the property.
The Board approved the resolution about the State Coastal Conservancy grant with revised language that clarifies the County's monetary involvement and approved the golf course management services agreement with Touchstone Golf.
Need more info? See the staff report and the news release about the San Geronimo Golf Course update and the staff report about the State Coastal Conservancy grant.
Contact: Max Korten, Director, Marin County Parks
No earlier than 10:30 a.m., the Board will consider authorizing the Board President to execute a three-year, $10,750,582 agreement with Marin Humane to provide animal services for members of the Joint Powers Authority (JPA), including the County of Marin. In addition to the County, all of Marin's towns and cities are part of the JPA that contracts with Marin Humane. The current agreement expires June 30, and a negotiating team has met regularly since October 2017 to create a new deal and discuss costs of service, staffing, facilities and technological needs. The annual cost to the County would be 30 percent of the overall costs, averaging just more than $1 million per year. The new contract agreement would result in first readings of a Marin County Code ordinance amendment and updated fee schedule.
The Board authorized the agreement with Marin Humane.
Need more info? See the staff report about the agreement with Marin Humane.
Contact: Josh Swedberg, Management & Budget Analyst, County Administrator's Office
The Board will consider one vacancy on the Aviation Commission and one on the Strawberry Design Review Board.
The Board made the following appointments:
Aviation Commission: Ratified Novato City Council's selection of Thomas Engdahl
Strawberry Design Review Board: Julie Brown
Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.
No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will continue its Planning and Budget Workshops that began Monday, March 26. The purpose of the special meetings is to review recommended budget reduction actions and conduct planning workshops to discuss department strategic planning efforts for fiscal year 2018-19. Departments scheduled to give presentations Tuesday are: Community Development, Public Works, Parks, Agriculture/Weights & Measures, UCCE/Farm Advisor, Cultural Services, and Marin County Free Library. The workshops conclude with another 1:30 p.m. session on Wednesday, March 27.
The Board conducted the workshops.
Need more info? See the news release, the staff report and the schedule for the Planning and Budget Workshops.
Contact: Bret Uppendahl, Budget Manager, County Administrator's Office
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