If this is true, it probably has something to do with Googles partnership with the Buck Institute on Aging as reported in the Marin IJ in April 2015 HERE.
This is good news for the North Bay after seeing another major employer leave Marin. It means that more bio tech firms are bound to follow. It also may mean that satellite operations of Bay Area companies may locate here. It makes sense with the ridiculously high home prices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley that Marin has suddenly become "affordable housing".
As we have long stated, Marinwood-Lucas Valley is one of the few "affordable" neighborhoods in the San Francisco for middle class families.
What will this mean to our plans to build MIDDLE CLASS homes? Will there only be two classes of people, the RICH and the people pushed to live in tax subsidized housing?
We need a sane policy for housing growth. We must Save Marin Again!
Editors Note: Received this note concerning Google from a friend:
1) The growth of jobs in the south bay has been large and it is projected to continue
to be large, growing faster than the rest of the economy.
2) Even in the south bay, housing hasn't kept pace. No one says no to Google.
But many communities (yes in the south bay too) say no to housing
3) The imbalances in the south bay are growing now affecting more northern communities.
(e.g, San Francisco). But like billiard balls, the reverberations are now being
felt in Marin's rental market. (I'm doing some research on this.)
4) Stepping into the process are the regional planners. Well, the workers
have to live somewhere. And housing "requirements" must be
distributed "fairly." [the nature of JPAs is to get along.]
5) We love our open spaces. And we're not the only ones. Western San Mateo County and the
hills of the east bay, are being preserved too. So is Napa and lands in Contra Costa. (See the workers
living in Tracy and commuting to Santa Clara County jobs.)
6) So, the simple math: we're going to have to put more housing units on less land. Well, if we're
going to do that, shouldn't we put the high density housing next to transit nodes?
Note: I'm not in favor of TODs in Marin.
7) The point: We ought to be prepared. This is going to be a strategic ongoing struggle for
Marin because of our proximity to SF. If the south bay continues to grow (and I expect it will)
and the communities there continue down the path of taking in jobs without building housing
for the workers, their problem is going to worsen and so is ours.
8) The sooner we have some politicians that recognize this is going to be an ongoing
issue for Marin and that we do have a choice, but it comes with consequences:
it'll drive up the price of land (and, therefore housing). And it'll involve pushing back
within the JPAs set up for everyone to get along.
Yes, Google is great. But, given what's coming, it'll be a double edged sword.