General Plan

Goals:

To be prepared for state laws that require the Town to approve housing development projects with no discretionary review, develop objective design and development standards for multifamily development, including view protection standards.General Plan Image

The Town would partner with other Marin jurisdictions to use SB 2 grant funding to develop objective design and development standards for multifamily developments. Work would also include pre-approved plans and homeowner tools (such as cost calculator) for second units

  • Staff Impact: Moderate
  • Fiscal Impact: $160,000 SB 2 grant and $70,000 from the General Fun (allocated in FY 2018-2019)

Inclusionary Housing Ordinance/In lieu fee

To advance a Housing Element goal, the Town would retain a law firm that specializes in housing law to draft an inclusionary housing ordinance and partner with other Marin jurisdictions to use SB 2 grant funding to retain a consultant to calculate a fee that could be charged in lieu of providing required inclusionary housing

  • Staff Impact: Moderate
  • Fiscal Impact: Same sources noted above

Update Land Use table

Review existing zoning regulations and permitted uses and modify as necessary to help fill vacancies and to achieve appropriate mix of businesses and housing (for example, allow bike shops and consider a buffer distance between nail salons on San Anselmo Avenue)

  • Staff Impact: Moderate
  • Fiscal Impact: Staff time and town attorney time to review

Clarify rules for demolition/design review and nonconforming structures

The Town has three different criteria for demolition/design review and changes to nonconforming structures. The Planning Commission has reviewed the existing regulations. Staff would develop revised/simplified standards for review by Planning Commission and Town Council

  • Staff Impact: Moderate
  • Fiscal Impact: Staff time and town attorney time to review

Launch project to engage community in revision of the General Plan

This is already a goal of the Planning Department. It has become more urgent due to existing and proposed state housing legislation and downtown economic development concerns/opportunities

  • Staff Impact: Current Planning staff is clearly insufficient to accomplish this on their own. An outside consultant would be needed
  • Fiscal Impact: The project would be somewhat costly to do right. State grants may be available but even without that it is an important project meriting general fund funding