Lucas Valley Homeowners Association
Should Lucas Valley Road be Designated a Scenic County Roadway?
554 people have already signed a petition saying Yes! Although Marin County has many land use and zoning policies, it has no policies specifically protecting the views from its scenic roads. The view from Lucas Valley Road is dominated by beautiful hills and roadside vegetation, despite the presence of three housing developments along the north side of the road and a few houses on the south side. Because of their siting and screening by trees, other planting, and low berms, the houses do not draw one’s eyes away from the scenery.
But there are ample opportunities for construction in the Lucas Valley Road view-shed that could be consistent with existing planning policies but would nevertheless severely mar the view. Some examples would be 1) large and showy residences on hillsides visible from the road, 2) tall or massive housing complexes visible from the road, or 3) communication structures intruding on key vistas, such as looking east over Lucas Valley from the top of Big Rock.
Scenic road status would not preclude maintenance and improvement of existing development or infrastructure, nor new development or infrastructure such as bicycle paths, hiking trails and communication facilities. All that is required is that they do not diminish the beauty of the view from the road.
Scenic road status would make the Lucas Valley Road corridor eligible for various grants to restore and enhance native flora and watershed (Miller Creek) and remove visual intrusions (undergrounding utilities).
Experience with scenic roads in other counties has shown that scenic road designation does not increase traffic unless the road is actively advertised.
Lucas Valley Road would be the first designated scenic county road in Marin. Upper Lucas Valley pioneered community purchase of open space; now it can pioneer the protection of scenic roads.
For more information and to sign the petition in support of scenic road status, please go to:
For a Q & A go to FAQs.Scenic.LV.Road.Nomination.pdf
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.
The Sheriff's Office has learned that there are person(s) posing as Marin County Sheriff's officials making random calls to Marin County residents demanding money to pay for outstanding Warrants and traffic citations. This is a FRAUD and an illegal scheme by someone to scare people into giving money for unpaid and often non-existent fines or penalties.
In a couple of the incidents, a male subject who identified himself as Marin County Sheriff's Sergeant Mark HALL calls a local resident and tells him/her that they must pay him in cash for an outstanding Warrant or traffic fine or else be subject to immediate arrest. We do have a Detective Sergeant Mark Hale (but not Hall).
It's important to know that the Marin County Sheriff's Office does not collect cash for penalties in this manner. If you have a Warrant for your arrest, we would arrest you and take you to jail. There is always a possibility that you could bail out of custody but that process only occurs in the jail facility.
If you or someone you know receives a call from someone identifying themselves as a representative of the Sheriff's Office asking for money, please call (415) 473-2311 to help us track down those responsible for this fraudulent scheme.
Lt. Doug Pittman
Marin County Sheriff-Coroner
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
Street Construction Projects in Lucas Valley
Several street construction projects are occurring in our community over the next two or three months.
The crosswalks on Idylberry are being modified to be ADA compliant, TV and Internet cable is being installed on all streets, and Idylberry Road is being repaved. New cable connection boxes and pedestals will be installed along the sidewalks. Some of these projects may result in temporary delays or inconvenience, but this should be for only a short time.
The existing natural gas, electric, communication, water, and sewer lines have been marked to help the contractors avoid damaging the existing utilities. However, some outages could occur because of the need to relocate some utilities and due to accidental damage. If you experience problems, please contact the appropriate service provider.
Lucas Valley Cable 415.259.5856
Marin Municipal Water District 415.945.1400
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...