Board of Supervisors Meeting Highlights

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 11/19/2019

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the November 19, 2019 Board Meeting:

  1. Allocations for Community Service Grant Program
  2. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions
  3. Countywide Wildfire Prevention Initiative and Parcel Tax
  4. Addressing Concrete in Building Code Ordinance
  5. Amendments to Marin County Code
  6. Rezoning and Land Use Amendments

1. Allocations for Community Service Grant Program

Preview

Shortly after convening at 9 a.m., the Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to approve allocations for Cycle 1 of the Community Services Grant Program. The program provides one-time funding allocations between $1,000 and $10,000 to nonprofit service providers or other governmental entities to fund specific projects or programs that provide a measurable benefit to Marin residents. Funding is not intended to provide ongoing financial support for the project or program. Cycle 1 was open from July 1 through September 30, and 51 requests worth a combined total of $359,147 were received. The available budget for Cycle 1 is approximately $150,000.  

Review

The Board approved the allocations as presented.

Need more info? See the staff report and the recommended allotments for the Community Services Grant Program.

Contact: Sandy Laird, Executive Assistant to County Administrator Matthew Hymel

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2. Appointments to Advisory Boards and Commissions

Preview

The Board will consider nine vacancies on the Child Care Commission (six Board appointments, three ratifications from the Marin County Superintendent of Schools), three on the County Service Area #33 (Stinson Beach) Advisory Board, two on the In-Home Supportive Services Governing Board, one on the County Service Area #20 (Indian Valley/Domingo Canyon) Advisory Board, and one on the Integrated Pest Management Commission. 

Review

The Board made the following appointments:

Child Care Commission: Kristen Seatavakin, Heidi Tomsky (Board appointments), Carol Barton (Marin County Superintendent of Schools ratification)

County Service Area #33 (Stinson Beach) Advisory Board: Lance Meade

In-Home Supportive Services Governing Board: Lynn von der Werth, Michael Harris

County Service Area #20 (Indian Valley/Domingo Canyon) Advisory Board: R. Craig Knowlton

Integrated Pest Management Commission: Susan Hopp

Need more info? See the agenda for details on the interviews/appointments, or the Boards and Commissions webpage.

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3. Countywide Wildfire Prevention Initiative and Parcel Tax

Preview

No earlier than 10:30 a.m., the Board will conduct a hearing for an ordinance to create a special parcel tax for 10 years to fund the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA), and authorize an election on March 3, 2020, for voters to consider the tax. Local fire professionals have collaborated with the County and Marin’s cities and towns to create the new authority with a singular focus to significantly coordinate and enhance local wildfire prevention efforts. On October 29, the Board adopted revisions to a joint powers agreement to be consistent with 17 other agencies that have agreed to join the authority. The tax would raise approximately $19.3 million per year for a variety of wildfire prevention programs.  

Review

The Board conducted the hearing, approved the parcel tax and authorized the initiative's placement on the March 2020 ballot.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority and Parcel Tax Initiative.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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4. Addressing Concrete in Building Code Ordinance

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing about an ordinance adding a new subchapter to Marin County Code Title 19 and adopting standards for low-embodied emissions in concrete. The County's extensive green building policies have not focused on reducing embodied carbon emissions generated by the processes association with the production of a building. Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world and responsible for 6-10 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. The proposed ordinance would either limit cement content in concrete or increase the use of cement alternatives. The importance of addressing embodied carbon emissions is heightened by the pressing need to reduce the effects of climate change. 

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and adopted the ordinance adding to the Marin County Code.

Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance subchapter addressing low-embodied emissions in concrete.

Contact: William Kelley, Deputy Director, Community Development Agency

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5. Amendments to Marin County Code

Preview

The Board will conduct a hearing about an ordinance amending Marin County Code Title 19 and adopting the 2019 California Building Standards Code with local amendments. Since 2002, the County has required construction in unincorporated areas to comply with a range of green building and energy efficiency standards. The proposed changes support the County's sustainability goals. Passage of the ordinance would prevent a discrepancy between the effective date of the State Code and the effective date of the County's amendments, preventing a window of time wherein the local amendments are legally unenforceable. 

Review

The Board conducted the hearing and adopted the ordinance amending the Marin County Code.

Need more info? See the staff report about the ordinance amending Marin County Code Title 19 and adopting the local amendments to the State Code. 

Contact: William Kelley, Deputy Director, Community Development Agency

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6. Rezoning and Land Use Amendments

Preview

No earlier than 2:30 p.m., the Board will conduct a hearing to consider various rezoning, land use designation amendments, Marin Countywide Plan Land Use Designation amendments, and Local Coastal Program (LCP) designation amendments for five properties and approve actions related to four more properties. The properties are owned by the California State Parks, Tamalpais Community Services District, Toccoli Survivors Trust and Wings Capital LLC, the Marin Audubon Society, LV Ranch Capital Partners, Skye Ranch, Osterweis Ranch, Draper property, and Triple C Ranch (Fisher). The Planning Commission recommended Board approval on each action during its October 10 meeting. According to state planning law, there must be consistency between the Marin Countywide Plan land use designations and the specific zonings for each property. The amendments are designed to ensure vertical consistency.

Need more info? See the staff report and presentation about the proposed rezoning and land use changes.

Contact: Megan Alton, Planner, Community Development Agency

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