February 25

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 2/25/2020

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Highlights of the February 25, 2020 Board Meeting:

  1. Review of Involuntary Psychiatric Holds
  2. Acquisition of Bucks Landing Property
  3. Integrated Pest Management Annual Report
  4. Affordable Housing Funding for Fairfax Project
  5. Establishment of Underground Utility Districts
  6. Delivery-Only Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Application

1. Review of Involuntary Psychiatric Holds

Preview

Shortly after convening at 9 a.m., the Board will hear an informational report from the Department of Health and Human Services on the first year of implementing an additional 30-day involuntary psychiatric hold for patients requiring acute mental health care under Welfare & Institutions Code (WIC) Section 5270. The additional 30 days, designed as a less restrictive and less stigmatizing option for acute care, is established by grave disability and requires agreement by two board-certified psychiatrists/psychologists. It was utilized 35 times in its first year, between October 2018 and October 2019. Prior to establishment of the 30-day additional hold, patients who required more acute treatment were placed on a temporary conservatorship. 

Review

The Board received the report.

Need more info? See the staff report about the additional 30-day involuntary psychiatric holds.

Contact: Benita McLarin, Director, Department of Health and Human Services

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2. Acquisition of Bucks Landing Property

Preview

The Board will hear a request from Marin County Parks to execute documents to acquire the Buck’s Landing Property in eastern unincorporated San Rafael and approve the transfer of $1,090,000 within the Measure A Parks and Open Space Program to fund the acquisition. The addition of this property would provide a prime opportunity for future recreational uses managed by Marin County Parks. The County's preserved open space along San Pablo Bay will grow by 33.1 acres with the acquisition, funded mostly by the quarter-cent countywide sales tax known as Measure A. 

Review

The Board approved the documents and transfer of funds.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Buck's Landing proposed acquisition.

Contact: Max Korten, Director, Marin County Parks

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3. Integrated Pest Management Annual Report

Preview

The Board will hear a request from Marin County Parks to accept the 2019 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Report and approve the 2020 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 2019, 128 of 147 locations covered by County IPM policy were maintained without the use of pesticides. The County's IPM program continues to serve as a model program for other public agencies. Staff also will ask the Board to adopt a resolution commending Barbara Bogard, recipient of the 2019 IPM Achievement Award.

Review

The Board accepted the report and approved the list of allowed products.

Need more info? See the staff report about the IPM Annual Report.

Contact: Chris Chamberlain, Assistant Director, Marin County Parks

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4. Affordable Housing Funding for Fairfax Project

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Community Development Agency to approve a $500,000 grant from the County’s Affordable Housing Fund to the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association (SGVAHA) for acquisition of an existing apartment building at 300 Olema Road in Fairfax for conversion to permanently affordable housing. The owner wishes to sell to an organization that will preserve the units as affordable housing. The 10 apartments will be for households with incomes between extremely low and low income levels. Staff recommends approval of the grant, authorization from the Board President, subject to County Counsel approval, to execute documents related to the transaction, and approval of related budget adjustments.

Review

The Board approved the grant and authorized the Board president to execute the documents.

Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the use of the County's Affordable Housing Fund.

Contact: Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager, Community Development Agency

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5. Establishment of Underground Utility Districts

Preview

No earlier than 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct two hearings by request from the Department of Public Works for consideration of resolutions establishing underground utility districts. The first district is along along Nicasio Valley Road from south of Nicasio town center to Lucas Valley Road. The second is along Redwood Highway between Belvedere Drive and Seminary Drive in Strawberry. Public Works runs the state-governed Rule 20A program for undergrounding of existing aerial utilities on public streets. Terms of the program have undergone changes the past few years and many municipalities, including the County of Marin, put Rule 20A programs on hold until consensus was reached on a new agreements. Both Marin undergrounding projects are estimated to cost $3 million. Before a Rule 20A project can proceed, the state requires the municipality to establish an underground utility district.

Review

The Board conducted both hearings and adopted both resolutions.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Nicasio and Strawberry underground utility districts.

Contact: Eric Miller, Principal Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works

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6. Delivery-Only Medicinal Cannabis Licensing Application

Preview

No earlier than 2:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a hearing to consider a resolution approving Elite Herbs’ application for a medical cannabis delivery-only retailer license at 25 Evergreen Avenue in unincorporated Mill Valley. With the Medicinal Cannabis Delivery-Only Retailer (MCDORe, or “McDory”) licensing ordinance as its guideline, the Supervisors approved two business licenses in July 2019. The MCDORe ordinance, adopted in November 2017, established a regulatory framework for a maximum of four licenses. The ordinance requires medicinal cannabis retailers to be closed to the public and dispense medicinal cannabis exclusively by delivery. To qualify, a proposed site must be within an area zoned for commercial, office or industrial uses, and signage outside the businesses is strictly limited. The ordinance prohibits such businesses from being closer than 600 feet to a school, daycare center, youth center, or playground.

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and approved the business license application.

Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the application for Elite Herbs.

Contact: Inge Lundegaard, Senior Planner, Community Development Agency

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