Lucas Valley Homeowners Association
Invitation from Environmental Forum of Marin to 2015 Lecture Series
Changes, Challenges and Choices Lecture Series 2015 will take a close look at issues including drought, threatened oceans, climate disruption and building community. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the environmental changes we are facing, feel inpired to meet the challenges presented by these changes and leave with greater confidence in making choices which benefit the environment.
Find more information and lecture schedule here.
San Rafael Parks and Recreation Commission
The San Rafael Parks and Recreation Commission invites input from San Rafael residents, neighborhood associations and community organizations on desired improvements to City parks and recreation facilities. Ideas will be considered for inclusion in the 2015 Measure A Expenditure Plan.
Find more information here.
Marin Community Alliance Opposing High Density Housing Goes to Court on February 13, 2015.
Click Here to Read: Opening Brief
Dear LVHA Residents:
Marin County’s Housing Element has been the center of much controversy due to its promotion of high density housing in many locations of unincorporated Marin. The Marin Community Alliance (MCA) was formed to legally challenge this push for high density development, which we believe is out of character with our county.
The details of the lawsuit is clearly outlined in the opening brief prepared by Michael Graf, who has won many CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) litigations in many jurisdictions and recently the SPAWN case against Marin County. You can read about MCA and its mission at their website: www.alliancemarin.org.
We believe that informing Marin citizens is the best way to protect our area and to have an engaged democracy.
Especially for LVHA members, we need to be aware that the County has REZONED over 5000 acres throughout Marin at 30 units per acre density, above and beyond what it calls for in the last Housing Element update. Unfortunately the vast majority of those acres are in our area. Any housing developer regardless of market rate or affordability, who is willing to add a minimum number of required affordable housing units can build at that new high density, 30 units per acre.
MCA and I thank the LVHA Board in making their contribution to fund the Grassetti Report which is part of the important public comment for the administrative record.
If you find that you share our concern, we would also ask you to take a stand in protecting our beautiful county from the adverse impacts on schools, traffic and water supply that will come with the growth-inducing Housing Element by writing a letter of support for our work to your LVHA Board. Donations are also most welcome as MCA pay for legal fees and cost.
If you have any questions, please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Meehyn Kurtzman LVHA Zoning Committee
Marin Community Alliance Team
Notice of Public Hearing Marin County Draft Housing Element
The Marin Planning Commission has scheduled three public hearings on July 28, August 25, November 17 to review the Draft Housing Element for 2015 - 2023 and make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The BoS will then review and consider adopting the Draft as one or more separate hearings expected to be scheduled in fall of 2014.
The hearings will be held in the Planning Commission Chambers (Rm 328), Marin County Civic Center.
The schedule is as follows:
July 28, 2014, 5 PM
August 25, 2014, 10 AM
November 17, 2014, 1 PM
To review the Marin Conservation League letter to CDA on Draft Housing Element click here.
Any homeowner whose property abuts
open space and has a V-ditch along the
property should keep these ditches clear
Do not cover the drains with wire of any
sort or any other covering that could
cause a buildup of debris.
Backups can occur thereby resulting in
flooding of homes.
For flooding in the streets call the Department of Public Works at 499-7388.
For a flooding emergency call the Fire Department at 479-0122 or if it is life-threatening call 911.
Appeal & comment period ends September 2nd - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finished developing new flood maps based on a recent San Francisco Bay Study. These maps delineate Special Flood Hazard Areas within San Rafael, and property owners who reside within these areas may be required to have flood insurance. The new maps go into effect in 2015. FEMA will hold three public meetings across the County to explain the map changes and how these changes may affect property owners within special flood hazard areas. The preliminary maps are ready for public review and comment, and will be on display at the three Marin meetings.
One meeting will take place June 18 at San Rafael City Hall at 6:30 p.m. The other two meetings are June 17 at Hill Education Center in Novato and June 19 at the Mill Valley Community Center, both at 6:30 p.m. The preliminary maps are now available on the FEMA website below and on the MarinMap website link below for public review and comment. The comment and appeal period begins June 4 and ends September 2. Click below to view a short presentation made recently by the Department of Public Works regarding the implementation of new Flood Maps.
CA Modern Blog Post
CA Modern says Lucas Valley Homeowners' website is one of the best. See post on the Eichler Network CA Modern blog site.
Here's an article on mountain lions and bob cats with good pictures. Mountain lions are more elusive than bob cats and far less prevalent. Article.
LVHA Community Online Forum: 300 Members and Growing
The LVHA Community Online Forum is a way for neighbors to connect through the Internet to read and discuss issues of interest affecting Upper Lucas Valley. In addition, the online group is used for announcements and classified ads for LVHA residents.
Read more here...