Coast Guard Housing

Community Development Agency


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Community Advisory Working Group

The Community Working Group advises County staff on the community engagement process and the development of the community vision component of the RFP, including the creation of a scoring matrix by which to evaluate developer-partner responses.

Working Group Members

  • Alan Burr, Marin Community Foundation
  • Bonnie Gutman, Dance Palace
  • Cecilia Castaneda, Coastal Health Alliance Board of Directors
  • Drew McIntyre, North Marin Water District
  • Harriet Moss, West Marin Fund Board of Directors
  • Ken Dunaj, Building Supply Center
  • Matthew Nagle, Shoreline Unified School District
  • Maria Niggle, Health and Human Services
  • Randall Fleming, Point Reyes Village Association
  • Socorro Romo, West Marin Community Services

Meeting Archives

March 12, 2018 Agenda 

  1. Review and critique proposed presentation and community engagement plan.
  2. Assess affirmative outreach/marketing plan for community meetings.
  3. Receive update on Request for Proposals (RFP) process and timeline.

November 13, 2017 Agenda (Presentation)

  1. Review Point Reyes Community Plan (2001) and land use restrictions.
  2. Finalize timeline and methods for community engagement.

October 16, 2017 Agenda (Presentation)

  1. Discussion of local preference, affirmative marketing, and applicable Fair Housing obligations.
  2. Review detailed version of tentative timeline.
  3. Consider methods for community engagement.

September 14, 2017 Agenda (Presentation)

  1. Hear presentation on history of Coast Guard site.
  2. Review of working group roles and responsibilities.

Community Meetings

The County of Marin expects to purchase the Point Reyes Coast Guard property in 2019 or 2020 for permanently affordable housing. The Coast Guard Community Advisory Working Group and Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA) are asking for your input as the County develops a Request for Proposals from housing developers to rehabilitate and manage the 36 two-, three-, and four-bedroom townhomes and 24-bedroom barracks as permanently affordable homes.

Community input received from the April 30 meeting will be used in the Request for Proposals. Please come with ideas on these topics:

  • How can we serve those most in need in our community and meet our obligations under federal civil rights laws?
  • In addition to permanently affordable homes for families, what do we want to see on the site? Future phases?
  • These homes will be a major opportunity for the community. How do we welcome and integrate our new neighbors into the Point Reyes community?
  • What other services should we be planning for?
Presentación Previa a la Reunión de la Comunidad (en Español) 
18 de abril 2018
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Small Gym, West Marin School
11550 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station
(Proveeremos cuidado de niños y comida ligera.) 

Community Meeting (presentationpresesentación)

April 30, 2018
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Small Gym, West Marin School
11550 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station
(Light snacks and childcare will be provided.)

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