Marin planners establish forum on housing and security goals

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Marin County officials have launched an environmental review of their strategy to meet state-mandated housing and public safety goals through 2031.

The county’s housing and security elements are updated as part of the General Plan, a state-mandated policy document that deals with resource development and conservation. The new update takes effect in 2023.

A public online scoping session, during which community members can review the process and have their say, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Tammy Taylor, senior environmental planner for the county, said the two items are like chapters of the overall plan.

“What we are looking for is for the community to comment on what they would like to see addressed in the environmental impact report,” which is a study of the potential and unanticipated negative side effects of the plans outlined in the elements on housing and security, she said. noted.

“We’re looking for feedback on the creek habitat, noise, air quality,” she said. “What we need to hear is, is there one area we really need to focus on? “

The comment period to help set the direction for the environmental review is open until January 24.

“Housing and safety are both at the heart of Marin County’s priorities and are inextricably linked in our efforts to meet the needs of communities in a way that recognizes some of our most critical challenges such as environmental justice, l ‘affordability, sea level rise and wildfires,’ said Sarah Jones. , Deputy Director of the Marin County Community Development Agency.

“Preparing our housing and security elements together is a deliberate strategy to ensure that we can meet our housing goals in a way that reflects and appropriately manages risk and does not put vulnerable residents at risk,” said she declared.

Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber said officials were working with the Community Development Agency on housing mandates and their impact on the built environment.

“We work as consultants on parking issues in hillside homes or in the interface between wilderness and urban areas,” where neighborhoods abut open spaces, Weber said. “It’s about finding a balance between state mandates and local control.

Tuesday’s forum will be held by teleconference. Access instructions and additional details are available online at bit.ly/3G9pfbZ. Comments can be emailed to planning staff at [email protected]


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