For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 04, 2016
Steps to implement new measures to be presented to Supervisors February 9
San Rafael, CA – After collecting feedback from three public workshops, the Marin County Board of Supervisors is poised to implement measures designed to preserve housing affordability in Marin, one of the most expensive places to live in the country. The topic is part of the Board’s February 9 regular agenda.
The topic will be brought before the Board at a 1:30 p.m. hearing February 9. The Board is expected to provide guidance to staff regarding next steps for the phased implementation of housing policy initiatives. No new policy options will be introduced at the hearing.
The median single-family detached home in Marin costs more than $1 million. A condominium or townhome averages more than $500,000 and rents average $2,500. Rental prices in Marin have soared in recent years, impacting thousands of renter households that comprise 30 percent of Marin’s population. Local housing unaffordability is hampering employee recruitment for local businesses, government bodies, school districts and nonprofits.
Based on community feedback, County officials have worked to create options aimed at preserving existing housing and finding new opportunities to make housing more affordable. For instance, officials have worked with local landlords to keep affordable units, promote development of second units, acquire existing rental housing for preservation of and conversion to affordable homes, and encourage multifamily housing.
The staff report for the February 9 agenda item is posted on the County website. The meeting will be in the Board chamber on the third floor of the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Can’t make it but remain interested? You can watch the meeting live on the Board’s webpage or on your Comcast local government Channel 27.
Comments on the topic may be submitted via email to CDA Planner Alisa Stevenson at email@example.com. Stay informed about scheduled meetings and other housing news by subscribing to free e-mailed notifications from the CDA staff.
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Leelee ThomasPlanning ManagerCommunity Development Agency
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 308San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6697Email: Leelee ThomasAffordable Housing webpage