Main Component of the Project
New Single Family Residence
70 Oxford Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Parcel Number: 180-261-10
The applicant is requesting Design Review and Tree Removal Permit approval to construct a new 12,112-square-foot, single-family residence with a detached 3,056 square foot garage and various detached accessory structures including a 1,285 square foot barn, 1,461 square foot caretaker’s cottage, and 120 square foot writer’s cabin. Proposed maximum heights above grade for the structures include 39.7 feet (main residence), 23 feet (garage), 29 feet (barn), and 25.5 feet (caretaker’s cottage), respectively. The residence, garage, barn and writer’s cabin would all maintain large minimum setbacks to the nearest property lines (ranging from 87 feet for the barn to 273 feet for the main residence). The caretaker’s unit would be sited on the northern portion of the property, approximately 130 feet from the nearest property line. Access to the proposed development would be provided by two, new driveways extending from Oxford Drive (primary access) and Leona Drive (secondary access). Other proposed work includes construction of a swimming pool, entry gate with a 120-square-foot mail house and trash enclosure, and various landscape and hardscape improvements. Overall, development would result in a total floor area ratio of less than 2 percent on the 27.8 acre site. The project would result in the removal of 45 trees that are regulated under Marin County Development Code 22.130.030.
Design Review approval is required pursuant to Section 22.42.020.B to allow construction of residential development containing more than 3,500 square feet or exceeding a height of 30 feet in a conventional zoning district. A Tree Removal Permit is required to allow the removal of protected and/or heritage trees on the property pursuant to Section 22.62.020.
Zoning: A-2:B-2 (Limited Agricultural and Residential, 10,000 square foot minimum lot size)
Countywide Plan Designation: SF5 (Single Family Residential, 2-4 units/acre)
Community Plan: Santa Venetia Community Area Plan