Housing Element for Unincorporated Marin

Floating Homes from Waldo Point Harbor north are in unincorporated Marin  |  photo by Dennis Bayer  | post by Larry Clinton

Marin County, like other communities in California, is initiating a planning process under California State law to identify how to meet our housing needs at all income levels.

According to the County’s Community Development website, this process involves updating the County’s Housing Element, which is a required component of the Countywide Plan (the County’s general plan).

Under State housing element legislation, all local governments must adopt land use plans and regulations that provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development. Because housing availability is a critical issue with statewide implications, and most housing decisions occur at the local level, State law requires Housing Elements to be updated on a regular cycle. The timeframe for the next Housing Element update includes planning periods 2022-2030.

The County’s Housing Element Consultant, MIG, is recruiting individuals from unincorporated Marin for Housing Element focus groups. MIG will be holding four focus group sessions with 10-12 people in each. Target audiences are residents from disadvantaged communities in the county’s unincorporated areas, outside of any official city jurisdictions. While floating homes may not qualify as disadvantaged, input to these focus groups could help us keep a seat at the table in any future planning. So, if that’s a concern for you, here’s your chance to participate.

The focus groups will be conducted online via Zoom, and participants will be given a $60 gift card for their time (90mins).

Dates for Focus Groups (all 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.):

  • Tuesday, August 31
  • Thursday, September 2
  • Wednesday, September 8
  • Thursday September 9

Contact Myrna Ortiz, Project Manager, with any questions

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