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January 26, 2018

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Town Council News

At the January 23, 2018 Town Council meeting, Council took the following actions:

  • Approved minutes of January 9, 2018.
  • Approved Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending December 31, 2017.  
  • Approved Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending December 31, 2017.
  • Approved Quarterly Treasurer's Investment Report for the period ending December 2017.
  • Approved a resolution for 23 Humboldt and 1399 San Anselmo Avenue, APN 007-023-05, for a floor area and parking variance to allow approximately 450 sq. ft. of garage space to be converted to living space without code-compliant replacement parking, approve 100 square foot addition to the rear of 1399 San Anselmo Avenue, allow 3-unit nonconforming use to remain at the site, and deny the remainder of the project. 
  • Upheld the August 28, 2017, decision of the Planning Commission to approve a variance application for a kitchen addition and remodel within required setbacks, adding approximately 25 square feet of new floor area to the first floor of the residence of 300 Sequoia Drive, Assessor’s Parcel No. 006-118-17. 
  • Received progress updates from the Library, Central Marin Police Authority, and Administration and Finance Department regarding Strategic Planning goals and provide direction to staff. 
  • Approved the reorganization of the Public Works and Building Department to create an additional Assistant Public Works Director position.

Town Council meetings begin at 7 PM in the Council Chambers on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The agenda and staff reports for the meetings are accessible the Friday afternoon before the meeting here:

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Open House for Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation and Improvements


The County of Marin has been planning for the rehabilitation of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between Highway 101 and the Ross Town Limits, using the opportunity to comprehensively evaluate and improve conditions in the corridor. Over the last 30 months community input from several forums, along with engineering and traffic analysis, has informed discussions and guided design concepts to improve conditions for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users in the corridor. Through the community process, over $19 million in project ideas have been identified while project funding at this time is $13.5 million. While some project components are mandatory due to the funding source requirements, your input is being sought on which of the other components are priorities for you.

Please join us at the upcoming open house to learn more about the project and share your thoughts on the project priorities for the available funding. At the open house, you can:

  • Learn more about the project and the planning and community activities to date
  • Provide your input on and help prioritize the project components
  • Help improve circulation and movement for all users in this key corridor

Tuesday, January 30, 6:30-8:30pm
Bacich School Multipurpose Room

The drop-in format of the open house enables you to attend for as much time as you’d like to review and discuss the project your priorities with staff and the design team in an informal setting.

For more information, contact Dan Dawson, Principal Transportation Planner, at / 415-473-6287 or visit the project web page at:

All public meetings and events sponsored or conducted by the County of Marin are held in accessible sites. Requests for accommodations may be made by calling (415) 473-4381 (Voice) 473-3232 (TDD/TTY) or by e-mail at at least four business days in advance of the event. Copies of documents are available in alternative formats, upon request.

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Report on San Anselmo Project Nears Completion

Draft of environmental review for potential flood risk reduction due in April - Businesses at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue continue to operate during the preparation of the project EIR. 

Residents and businesses near Corte Madera Creek in Ross Valley have been inundated by flooding for years. To improve public safety and protect property, the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District has partnered with the Town of San Anselmo to develop the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project. An environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed project is nearing completion and the draft is expected for public review in April, rather than February, 2018, as originally scheduled.

The project is a component of the Ross Valley Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Program, which looks at broader flood mitigation measures for Corte Madera Creek and its tributaries within the 28 square-mile watershed. An EIR for the entire program is underway in parallel with the San Anselmo Project EIR.

EIRs require public agencies to document and consider the environmental implications of their actions. The San Anselmo Project EIR contemplates a proposed project comprised of two complementary parts. A basin to temporarily divert and store floodwater would be constructed at the former Sunnyside Nursery site at 3000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, about a mile north of downtown Fairfax. The basin would be coupled with the acquisition and removal of a building at 634 San Anselmo Avenue that obstructs the creek’s natural flow.
In March 2017, the Marin County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors, which is comprised of the same five members of Marin County Board of Supervisors, approved a services agreement for Environmental Science Associates to prepare the project EIR. The report is expected to cost $400,968, which is covered under the program’s $8.7 million state grant and the $8.7 million local match funds.
District staff sought input from the community, the Zone 9 Flood Advisory Board and the San Anselmo Town Council for project recommendations to include in the environmental review. A public scoping meeting was held in April 2017 to help facilitate community involvement.

During the course of the environmental analysis, design features at the Nursery Basin were refined and it became necessary to move the completion date for the draft from February to April 2018. The revised features included updated topographic surveys, soils and groundwater data, as well as community feedback. With that information, new hydraulic model runs were performed to quantify the impacts and benefits of the proposed design features.

Some of the design refinements to the Nursery basin include flatter basin side slopes, newer topographic surveys that reflect the most up-to-date conditions of the creek bed and banks, and a 15-foot perimeter road for maintenance access. Those features, along with the proposed 50-foot setbacks from adjoining properties, reduce the flood storage capacity of the basin to about 30 acre feet from the original concept plan of 50 acre feet.

The next opportunity for the public to provide feedback will be in April when the draft EIR is released. The Flood District Board of Supervisors will hold a public meeting in April during the 45-day review period. Additional information on how and when to participate in the environmental review will be provided in March.

Businesses at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue continue to operate during the preparation of the project EIR.

The district is preparing a relocation plan for the tenants and their businesses should the project EIR be certified by the Flood District Board of Supervisors for the proposed plan. The final San Anselmo Project EIR is expected to be brought to the Flood District Board of Supervisors for consideration and approval in June.

Learn more about the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project on the Ross Valley Watershed program website.
Metro Talks
Learning from the North Bay Wildfires

Free and open to the public.

DATE :                   Thursday, February 1, 2018
LOCATION:           375 Beale Street, San Francisco, 1st Floor
RECEPTION:         5:30pm - 6pm, Atrium (light appetizers and refreshments provided)
TALK / Q&A:         6pm - 7:30pm, Yerba Buena Room
RSVP:           or on Eventbrite  
QUESTIONS?       Contact

On Sunday evening, October 8, 2017, multiple small fires erupted in Sonoma and Napa counties. Fueled by strong winds and extreme fire conditions, these North Bay fires ultimately burned more than 200,000 acres, destroyed 8,900 structures, and killed 43 people.

This Metro Talks panel features Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, who will speak to the devastating experience and aftermath of the fires. Other speakers include Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) staff who will provide an account of air quality impacts from the North Bay fires – disaster related air quality and public health concerns in the Bay Area, and how this experience informs our response to future regional disasters from conducting public messaging during a disaster to the ongoing recovery effort.

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2018-2019 Sewer Work on Butterfield Road, Meadowcroft Drive and Broadmoor Avenue.

An Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for FY 2016/2017 Gravity Sewer Improvements Project for public and agency review has been released.  The project will rehabilitate approximately 8,700 feet of sewer pipeline within the Butterfield Road /Meadowcroft Avenue and Nokomis Avenue areas of the Town of San Anselmo. The public review and comment period for the IS/MND is December 28, 2017, through January 29, 2018.  Please send all comments to Jill Barnes, Ross Valley Sanitary District, 2960 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael, California 94901.  The Ross Valley Sanitary District Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing to receive oral comments and to consider adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration at a regularly scheduled meeting on February 21, 2018, at 5 PM.  Please refer to the agenda which will be posted three days prior to the meeting to confirm the meeting time and location.

View the Notice of Document Availability/Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for FY 2016/17 Gravity Sewer Improvements Project (PDF)


Art Talk Tuesday

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe
Tuesday, February 13
12pm, Council Chambers
Renowned today for his amorous pursuits, Casanova was known to his contemporaries as a charming and witty conversationalist, an expert on many topics, and an international man of letters -- he was also a gambler, a spy, and one of history's greatest travelers. Rita Dunlay, a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will share paintings, sculptures, costumes, and more to bring Casanova's world of travel, seduction, and theater to life.

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Seats Available on Boards and Commissions

Arts Commission – The Commission provides a structure to facilitate the creation of art in all disciplines in the community, promoting and exhibiting art and cultural works produced by Ross Valley artists, and promoting art education in the community and schools.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including youth members, and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  There are four seats available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.
Board of Review - The Board of Review is responsible to hear and decide appeals from employee disciplinary actions, hear and decide employee’s grievances, and hear and advise on citizen complaints against employees. Members must be residents of the Town and have a reputation for impartiality. The Board consists of five members and meets only as needed. There is one seat available.
Capital Program Monitoring Committee – The purpose of the committee is to monitor the implementation of the Town’s capital improvement program, funded by the voter-approved Measure D one-half cent sales tax funds, as well as grant funding, Road Maintenance Fund monies, and General Fund monies. The committee’s charge is to issue an annual public report summarizing the progress of capital improvement projects funded by Measure D, as well as capital improvement projects funded by other sources of Town funding. The committee consists of seven members, representing a wide variety of the community, with a range of skills, knowledge and experience in the following areas:
•          Finance (preferably public finance)
•          Engineering and/or construction
•          Public relations and communication
•          Familiarity with various aspects of the San Anselmo Community
Two Councilmembers and two designated Town staff liaisons will serve in an advisory capacity only.  The Committee will meet as needed to review projects. There are three seats available.
Economic Development Committee – The Committee’s charge is to work with local businesses and the community at large toward a vibrant and successful local economy that meets the needs of the residents and visitors of San Anselmo.  The Committee has seven members and meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:45 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  There are three seats available.
Flood Committee – The charge of the Flood Committee is to serve as the Town’s expert representatives on flooding and storm water management issues, to become informed on the hydrologic conditions that affect flooding in San Anselmo, to evaluate possible solutions and to make recommendations to the Town Council.  Applicants are recruited from professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, flood control and other areas of expertise that relate to the control of storm water.  The committee consists of 7 members and meets on an as needed basis. There are two seats available.
Historical Commission
– The Commission was created to preserve the history of San Anselmo by means of research and the collection and organization of information, photographs and artifacts concerning the Town’s development.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including youth members and meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesdays of the month in the Historical Museum, located on the first floor of the Library.  There are two seats available.

Open Space Committee – The Open Space Committee has the major responsibilities for the long-term planning of open space in and near San Anselmo, for the generation of community support and fund-raising to implement the plan.  The Committee consists of eleven members, including youth members, and meets on the third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers. There is one seat available.

For more information or an application, go to:
Applications for these openings should be submitted by Friday, February 16, 2018.

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