We are 94903 San Rafael. Whether you live in Lucas Valley Estates neighborhood in the west, Mont Marin/San Rafael Park/Montevideo in the north, Captain’s Cove or Santa Venetia in the east, Terra Linda in the center, or Los Ranchitos neighborhood in the south, you are 94903community!
We support thoughtful planning, wise land use, and quality in the built environment through an authentic process that fully engages those who live here…whether in the City of San Rafael or the unincorporated areas of District 1-Marin County.
We believe in the deep knowledge of residents!
Values we hold dear include diversity, synthesis (the whole is greater than the sum of the parts) and legacy. Hundreds of residents developed this Vision for north San Rafael (see link) over a multi-year process. It’s time to implement that Vision based on watershed restoration, not regional planning for high density housing allocations that systematically remove employment along Highway 101! As we know, from studies of the natural world, bio-diversity is healthy…And, it's true in the built environment too...not 40+ units to the acre next to highways and diesel pollution…where medical studies indicate residents will suffer twice the incidence of autism and asthma, not to mention schizophrenia. See more at What We Care About.
Unfortunately, now Marin already has the three Ugly Step-Sisters forcing their gigantic footprints into the glass slipper of Marin:
- 33 North - 33 San Pablo Ave, San Rafael 94903. 111 bankrupt new construction/luxury condominiums converted to 5-story apartments 08/2012; $3151-$6200/month with 3 management companies in 2 years. 16 below market rate units $955-$1327)
- Millworks above Whole Foods Novato - 900 Reichert Ave, Novato 94945 almost 421,000 sq. ft. with 40,000 sq. ft. commercial; and condominiums converted to 124 luxury apartments July 2009; 815 to 1,945 sq. ft. units; renting for undisclosed prices
- Corte-Mazilla aka Tamalpais Ridge Apartments, 199 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera (180 luxury (1 to 3 bedrooms) apartments; 18 units below market rate, due to open summer 2014 (!); 6 buildings on 4.5 acres, 3-4 stories that have yet to open as of 11/30/15 and further destroy traffic circulation.
We support a fair allocation of affordable housing in our community that is sensitive to land use, is fiscally responsible and healthy for the residents (especially the children), and integrates diversity within our community.
Another idea recently 12-1-15 mentioned in a Marin Independent Journal letter to the editor: build over existing commercial establishments.
Interesting ideas for a pilot project are being developed by Community Venture Partners at Larkspur Landing. Further great use of technology is being developed: CVP is developing a proprietary, Internet-based, community surveying software platform that will be implemented throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. It will combine online survey results (about growth, development, housing, etc.) with other publicly available land use data, to present a more accurate picture of the real needs and desires of each community in the region.
Togther we can move from pathology (what’s wrong and how to fix it) to our vision (what’s possible and how to create it).* The form is in the left side column on this page.
"A crisis is a terrible thing to waste." ---Paul Romer
*With thanks to David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute