For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 15, 2017
Owners of Easton Point property near Tiburon seek project approval
San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposed 43-unit housing development on a 110-acre property in the unincorporated area of the Tiburon Peninsula at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 19.
The property, owned by the Martha Company, is on the southeastern tip of the Tiburon Peninsula, bordering Paradise Drive and slightly northeast of the Tiburon town limit. The picturesque location, which overlooks San Francisco Bay and Angel Island, is adjacent to the Old St. Hilary’s Open Space Preserve and the Tiburon Uplands Preserve.
The project was first the subject of a lawsuit in 1975 – a suit that was settled the following year. The judgment ordered that the County would consider the proposed 43-unit housing development as consistent with its Countywide Plan. The Martha Company and the County settled a second lawsuit in 2007 that affirmed the company’s right to develop half-acre home lots on the property as long as it factored in specified environmental protections. Another courtroom ruling in 2016 resulted in the County scheduling a public hearing on the final EIR by or before October 3, 2017. The County can’t approve a project with less than 43 units without agreement from Martha Company.
The project includes 43 residential lots of various sizes and dimensions, two parcels for water storage tanks, a small parcel for a possible future emergency radio facility, two open space parcels totaling 74.35 acres, and a proposed public pedestrian easement from Ridge Road along Tam View Court to the St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve. The Martha Company submitted its most recent modified master plan in June 2017 and made an amendment in August 2017.
The Board must certify the final EIR before making decisions about the Martha Company’s development application. Rezoning, a master plan application and approval of a precise development plan and subdivision map also would be required before permits could be granted for construction.
The County has scheduled the hearing for 1:30 p.m. so that other items on the Supervisors’ agenda that day are not affected. The hearing will be webcast live and later archived on the County’s website, shown live on Comcast Channel 27. Residents can learn more about the project on CDA’s webpage dedicated to the Easton Point property. Comments may be emailed to Curtis Havel, Senior Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Curtis HavelSenior PlannerCommunity Development Agency
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 308San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-2755Email: Curtis HavelCDA webpage