Thursday, February 10, 2022

Comments on the Marin Housing Element for Marinwood/Lucas Valley


Marinwood/Lucas Valley has approximately 6000 residents in 2700 homes.

Marin County Community Development Department is considering adding 2248 low income apartments throughout the community of single family homes effectively DOUBLING the population of our community.

Affordable housing typically is owned by non profit corporations who pay little or no taxes for basic community services, infrastructure upgrades and police/fire.

In addition, some of the identified sites are designated as homeless shelters.

We may need to build three additional schools, increase our water and sewage capacity  without the additional tax base or land.  The burden of doubling our community size will rest with existing taxpayers.

80% of all low income housing units for unincorporated Marin will be located within our 5 square mile neighborhood.

Due to new housing laws for 2022, if these homes are not built by developers during the following eight years, Marin County will be sued by the State of California and developers will be given "by right" permission to build their projects without county oversight..

The plan is wildly impractical.  It ignores legitimate concerns over water, congestion, city services and penalizes our community for the actions of developers outside of our control. 

The law is absurd and must be fought so a realistic plan for growth can occur.  We actually do have property on St. Vincents/Silveira Ranch which is ideally suited for development.  An environmentally sensitive project could be located there with a combination of low income and market rate homes that can generate tax revenues and space for schools.

We need a plan of smart, environmentally responsible development not a hodge podge of high density apartments which will cause problems with infrastructure, traffic and government services.

Join us for our initiative to Save Marinwood.  

Stephen Nestel


Key points

1.) Marin County Community Development plan is wildly unrealistic
2.) Marin County RHNA plan concentrates housing on one tiny community.
It will burden 5 square miles in Marinwood/Lucas Valley with 80% of all low income apartments of unincorporated Marin.  This area represents less than 1% of unincorporated Marin County.
3.) Alternative, available site available at St Vincents' and Silviera Ranch which could be mixed income.
4.) We need to advocate for positive, practical community planning that will make our community stronger.

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