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Announcements

 

Marin County Hearing - MCA and High Density Housing

The Marin County Superior Court Hearing of the case of MCA vs County of Marin is scheduled for Court on Wednesday, 8:30 AM April 29th.

All members of the Public are welcome and encouraged to attend!  Superior Court Room B, at 8:30 AM, 2nd Floor Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903

Update! 

The Marin County Superior Court has issued a Tentative Ruling (attached).  It includes specific questions which Attorneys for Petitioner and for Respondent are requested to answer during the Court Hearing.

Michael Graf, our MCA attorney will be addressing these questions live at the trial.  Please JOIN US!

 

In the context of such a ferocious PR campaign for the Grady Ranch being disseminated to the media lately, the trial is going to be very interesting indeed.  As one brilliant legal counsel once told me, once you are in the court room, truth matters.

Please Share this news with All members of the Public who may be interested to attend this important Court Hearing for Marin and its residents.

If you have any comments or questions regarding the Tentative Decision or any other issue, please email us at: alliancemarin@gmail.com

Meehyun and MCA team

 

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 alliancemarin@gmail.com!

Thank you!

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.

http://www.marincounty.org/main/newsroom/press-releases/2014/he-hearings

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.

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.

 

FEMA INFORMATION

 

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. 

https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/ 

http://www.marinmap.org/dnn/  

http://docs.cityofsanrafael.org/PubWorks/140528floodmapmeeting.pdf

 

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.

 

Mountain Lion

     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...

 

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