Saturday, June 8, 2013

Is Supervisor Adams misleading the public about the Marinwood Priority Area ?

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More Proof that the Marinwood Priority Development Area is 100-500 acres larger than Marinwood Plaza

At the June 4, 2013, Board of Supervisors Meeting,  Supervisor Susan Adams expressed "shock" that a map of the Marinwood Priority Development Area included greater area than just Marinwood Plaza.  

Perhaps she forgot the description of the 101 Corridor Priority Development Area (PDA) is all land within 1/2 mile of the 101 Freeway.   She brought the motion for its creation on August 7, 2007. (see video below). We are termed a "Transit Neighborhood" and homes will be 20 to 50 units per acre.  Plan Bay Area wants 80% of all growth to occur within PDAs.

The following document states the minimum criteria for a PDA is 100 acres:

The 2012 Priority Development Area criteria

The tiny city of Benecia is another "transit neighborhood".  They will need a minimum of 982 housing units but are hampered by the 40 foot height limits in their zoning.   Check out this article in the Benecia Herald: Benecia struggles with a PDA designation

For a complete description of Transit Neighborhoods and the One Bay Area vision this document says it all.

PDA Station Area Planning Manual from MTC

We are not getting the truth!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Supervisors Susan Adams asks planning staff to study withdrawal of Marinwood Priority Development Area

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Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears and Susan Adams ask Planning Director Brian Crawford to examine the effects of withdrawing Tam Almonte, and Marinwood Priority Development Areas from the Plan Bay Area.  It may mean loss of transportation revenue for projects such as a bike path in Southern Marin.

Supervisor Adams startled the audience by showing a map of the Marinwood Priority Development Area available for years on the Association of Bay Area Governments Website here:

Susan Adams has served on Association of Bay Area Goverments (ABAG) for 9 years including 1 1/2 years as a Vice President and advocated for the Marinwood Priority Development Area for urbanization.  Marinwood is considered a "Transit Neighborhood" and is targeted to have an additional 1500 to 4000 to the estimated 350 homes we have now.  It is expected that the once Marinwood Village is built,  home sites east of Las Gallinas will upzoned from 30-50 units per acre.  These are three to five story apartment buildings.  Areas west of Las Gallinas will have 20 units per acre designation.

We certainly hope that Supervisor Adams will remove the Marinwood Priority Development Area designation and fight to retain local planning control for the people.  

The Marinwood Priority Development Map is published here

See full 6/3/2013 meeting here

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Even the President wants no part of a Priority Development Area!

Supervisor Mark Luce, Napa County and President of ABAG 

On January 17, 2012, both my opponents voted to designate parts of the City of Napa as “Priority Development Areas” for housing in the Bay Area.  This will require that the City zone for significantly more housing in the future.  I oppose this designation as it is contrary to our efforts to limit housing growth in our community.  

As the name implies, a "Priority Development Area" (PDA) is an area designated to receive a greater allocation of the Bay Area's housing in return for the promise of more transportation funding. It is expected that over half of the Bay Area's housing units will be allocated to PDAs.

Why won't our District One Supervisor Susan Adams, admit that the Marinwood Priority Development Area is a massive scheme to turn all land East of Las Gallinas into a dense urban corridor? 
Marinwood-Lucas Valley in the future?
Marinwood PDA for Urban Growth will bring 1500 to 4000 housing units to all land east of Las Gallinas.  Supervisor Susan Adams has confirmed that she supports minimum densities of 30 units per acre in this area but lower densities elsewhere.
Why won't Supervisor Susan Adams tell us why she recommended the Marinwood PDA while serving on the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)?
Why has Mark Luce, ABAG fought a PDA in his hometown of Napa?