November 5

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 11/5/2019

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the November 05, 2019 Board Meeting:

  1. Countywide Wildfire Prevention Initiative and Parcel Tax
  2. Addressing Concrete in Building Code Ordinance
  3. Affordable Housing Funds for Bolinas Properties
  4. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  5. Allotment Reviews for Community Service Grant Program

1. Countywide Wildfire Prevention Initiative and Parcel Tax

Preview

Shortly after convening at 9 a.m., the Board will consider the first reading of an ordinance to create a special parcel tax for 10 years to fund the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA), and authorize an election on March 3, 2020, for voters to consider the tax. Local fire professionals have collaborated with the County and Marin’s cities and towns to create the new authority with a singular focus to significantly coordinate and enhance local wildfire prevention efforts. On October 29, the Board adopted revisions to a joint powers agreement to be consistent with 17 other agencies that have agreed to join the authority. The tax would raise approximately $19.3 million per year for a variety of wildfire prevention programs. Staff recommends scheduling a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. November 19.

Review

The Board conducted the first reading and scheduled a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. November 19.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority and Parcel Tax Initiative.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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2. Addressing Concrete in Building Code Ordinance

Preview

The Board will consider the first reading of an ordinance adding a new subchapter to Marin County Code Title 19 and adopting standards for low-embodied emissions in concrete. The County's extensive green building policies have not focused on reducing embodied carbon emissions generated by the processes association with the production of a building. Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world and responsible for 6-10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. The proposed ordinance would either limit cement content in concrete or increase the use of cement alternatives. The importance of addressing embodied carbon emissions is heightened by the pressing need to reduce the effects of climate change. Staff recommends that the Board schedule a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. November 19.

Review

The Board conducted the first reading and scheduled a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. November 19.

Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance subchapter addressing low-embodied emissions in concrete.

Contact: William Kelley, Deputy Director, Community Development Agency

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3. Affordable Housing Funds for Bolinas Properties

Preview

The Board of Supervisors will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to take actions related to the awarding of a $400,000 grant from the County’s Affordable Housing Fund to the Bolinas Community Land Trust. The allocation would serve as predevelopment funds for 10 permanently affordable homes at two properties, one located on Mesa Road and one at 31 Wharf Road. Staff recommends that the Board approve the grant and authorize the Board President to execute related documents. This agenda item was rescheduled from the October 29 meeting.

Review

The Board approved the $400,000 grant from the County Affordable Housing Fund and authorized the Board President to execute the documents.

Need more info? See the staff report about the affordable housing properties in Bolinas.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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4. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider three vacancies on the County Service Area #20 Advisory Board (Indian Valley/Domingo Canyon), two on the Retirement Board, one from County Service Area #29 (Paradise Cay), and one on the Children and Families Commission.

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

County Service Area #20 Advisory Board (Indian Valley/Domingo Canyon): Jonathan Gasson

Retirement Board: Sara Klein, Stephen Silberstein

County Service Area #29 (Paradise Cay): James Sherman

Children and Families Commission: David Bonfilio

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

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5. Allotment Reviews for Community Service Grant Program

Preview

No earlier than 1:30 p.m., the Board will conduct an informational workshop to review applications submitted for Cycle 1 of the Community Services Grant Program and consider funding recommendations. The program provides one-time funding allocations between $1,000 and $10,000 to nonprofit service providers or other governmental entities to fund specific projects or programs that provide a measurable benefit to Marin residents. Funding is not intended to provide ongoing financial support for the project or program. Cycle 1 was open from July 1 through September 30, and 51 requests worth a combined total of $359,147 were received. The available budget for Cycle 1 is approximately $150,000. This agenda item was rescheduled from the October 29 meeting. 

Review

The Board conducted the workshop and provided direction to staff. Decisions on allotments will be made during the November 19 meeting.

Need more info? See the staff report and applications for allotments for the Community Services Grant Program.

Contact: Sandy Laird, Executive Assistant to County Administrator Matthew Hymel

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