Thursday, December 19, 2019
Miller Creek after a Rainstorm
Miller Creek, one of Marin County's pristine watersheds is under threat of a 4400 square foot development in Marinwood Park. The proposed Maintenance Facility is excessive for the tiny park. It is three times the size of the maintenance facility McInnis Park despite the fact that McInnis is employs double the staff and is 450 acres. Marinwood Park is a mere 14 acres of which only about 7 acres is improved property and the excess. The rest is open space. The Maintenance facility is gobbling up the open space and prime recreation area to fullfill the ambitions of the architect and former CSD board member Bill Hansell. Despite the violation of the 2007 Marin County general plan that prohibits development within 100' of the stream bank, the Marinwood CSD is seeking approval of its design. Neighbors are upset and the Marinwood CSD has kept its plans and budget secret. They have violated numerous government contracting rules, political practices, transparency laws, in addition to numerous environmental laws. This is quite unfortunate because there is unanimous agreement to approve a smaller structure outside the prohibited zone. A 1200 sf structure identical to McInnis Park Maintenance Facility will be easily approved by a grateful public.