What is the history of this property?
From the 1970s until the early 2000’s, the families and officers living in the 36 homes and barracks building on the Coast Guard property have been part of the Point Reyes community, with children attending local schools and residents using local businesses. In 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard designated the Point Reyes Station facility as surplus with the intention of selling it on the open market. After strong community advocacy, in 2016, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that required the Coast Guard to sell the property to the County to be used as permanently affordable homes.
What can the property be used for?
Under current zoning and land use policies, very limited uses could be approved on the site. These restrictions along with a new septic system must be addressed before the property can be used as intended under the legislation. The County will acquire the property to use it for permanently affordable homes as part of the Board of Supervisors’ strategy to purchase existing homes as one of the ways to address the local housing crisis. It is particularly difficult to develop in the Coastal Zone because of high land costs and a demanding regulatory environment. West Marin has an acute need for affordable homes, especially for local workers, and purchase of this property will help meet some of those needs.
Who would get to live there?
The homes will be set aside for low- and very-low-income families. Consistent with federal civil rights laws, the County will require affirmative marketing, which means that special efforts will be made to reach out to potential residents who might not normally seek housing due to historical patterns of segregation.
What is the timeline?
The County continues to negotiate for the purchase of the property and will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) later this year for a partner to develop and manage the affordable homes. The Coast Guard Community Working Group, made up of West Marin residents, employers, employees and foundations, started meeting in September 2017 to advise the County on public outreach and the RFP process. The County expects to purchase the property in 2019. After the purchase, significant rehabilitation needs to be done and a new septic system will have to be installed, so it will be several years before people can move into the homes.
How can I be involved?
The Coast Guard Community Working Group and the County of Marin are holding two public meetings to gather information to include in the Request for Proposal. The preview meeting for Spanish speakers will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on April 18. The community meeting for both Spanish and English speakers will be held on April 30, from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Both meetings will take place in West Marin School’s small gym, 11550 State Route 1 in Point Reyes Station. A purchase agreement for the property will likely be considered by the Board of Supervisors in 2019 and will include time for public comment. In addition, once a developer is selected, they will conduct additional public outreach.