I noticed the article didn't talk about the property tax exemption. Not looking at the combined affect of the Marinwood, Grady Ranch, Silvera Ranch, and Terra Linda Civic Center Station PDA (620) apartments on the Dixie School District. No one wants to plan for the influx of students, just the influx of residents. This is the part of Plan Bay Area that I don't agree with. No planning for the impact on the local resources. There are two vacant schools just sitting in Marin. Are they needed for housing or for schools?
Overloading the Marinwood Plaza
I cannot speak for everyone, but for me, it has always been about the numbers, not race. Is adding 82 housing units to the area too many housing units? A total of 146 bedrooms will be added. There is a grocery store, a gas station, there will be a restaurant and another store. Marinwood Plaza is like an island. If you need anything else, what do you do to get it? Get in your car or get on the bus. This is a solution to Global Warming?
With 146 bedrooms, there might be 200 or more people living in the Marinwood Plaza site. There are a few court yards to hang out, but how quickly will the plaza get packed with 200 people as potential users? There is a park a mile away. A short bike ride for adults and teens. Where do children play in the area? 200 people... To give you an idea, the Marinwood meeting room has a capacity of 150. There were about 200 people at that meeting.
Tell me this is about making a life better for a few people by allowing them to live in a better neighborhood with a shorter commute to their job. I would agree. Tell me this is about fixing Global Warming, I will laugh. Marinwood is a very car oriented area. 197,000 vehicles pass the Civic Center each day. And their solution is add a few hundred units to fix Global Warming?
Reducing the number of housing units and figuring out the needed school resources would reduce resistance to this housing site.
Oh, all of you "Just build the housing" people might see the Marinwood Plaza fails the noise standard and is listed as a "Potentially Significant Cancer Risk" risk. See the document below.
Cancer risk - Page 89
Noise - Page 43 Noise factors. Page 212 Noise measurement table. Marinwood Plaza fails, but does not state by how much.
The Disorganized and unruly meeting.
The meeting was held by Susan Adams as an opportunity for Marinwood residents to talk to the District 1 representative. The meeting turned into a long presentation by Susan Adams. 200 to 250 people showed up. The room capacity is 150. There was a much bigger crowd than anticipated. There was no order for picking questions. "Raise your hand" was the method. That does not work well with a huge crowd.
The recall only happens if enough people, almost 7000, sign the recall petition. This is not about a handful of people causing a recall, there is a set minimum. If you don't like it, change the recall laws.
If a neighbor adds a bedroom to their house, they must post a large sign in front of their house. Apparently adding 146 bedrooms does not require a similar sign.
Zoning and PDA
The Marinwood Plaza has "Planned Commercial" or "CP" zoning. The intended use for "CP" zoning can be a variety of things: businesses, housing, almost anything short of a car lot or industrial use. The "Marin County Housing Element" sets Marin County's intended best use for the land. In 2003, the Marin County Housing element had no housing on the property. In 2007, that was changed to be up to "100 housing units". The PDA status had nothing to do with the ability to add 82 housing units. However, Susan Adams offered to remove the PDA status, which in effect would do nothing for Marinwood Plaza. Does Adams not know the zoning laws? Or just giving people what they want, even if it does nothing.
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