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Stewards Request Planning Commission Protect Homeowners

Please come to the Planning Commission hearing at 1 pm Monday July 22, at Marin Civic Center Room 328.  Below is the request San Geronimo Valley Stewards made to the Planning Commission, regarding the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report describing the cumulative impact on salmon caused by existing homes and projected new development.

We respectfully request the Planning Commission Resolution include the following statement:

"The Planning Commission shall continue to consider (in addition to the information in the SEIR) the economic, social, and housing factors, in determining whether a project (such as a countywide plan or expanded stream ordinance) is feasible or to avoid or mitigate effects on the environment."

The additional language is consistent with CEQA Guideline 15131 (c) which states:  "economic, social, and housing factors shall be considered by public agencies, together with technological and environmental factors, in determining whether a project is feasible or to avoid the effects on the environment."  In this case, the "project" is the Expanded SCA Ordinance (recommended by the consultant who authored the SEIR), and  the next countywide plan (as County staff has publicly stated the SEIR will guide the draft of the next countywide plan).

Why add this to the Resolution?

Because this SEIR recommends the Marin Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors adopt an "Expanded SCA Ordinance".  Indeed, the private consultant goes so far as to  dictate the details of a new stream ordinance.  We understand the Planning Commission does not edit or change the technical or scientific findings of the SEIR.  Within the narrow scope of its duties and expertise, the consultant's role is to state observable facts and reasonable projections.

But the duty of public agencies is broader--to apply technical findings and to consider also economic, social and housing factors in making sound policy decisions for a new countywide plan and /or a proposed ordinance. 

The duty and cost of saving salmon would be shifted to 741 existing homeowners. 

The SEIR fails to consider any other source of mitigation or impact reduction.  Completed or proposed projects by SPAWN and government agencies are dismissed as "speculative".  Half the Valley homeowners (those within 100 feet of any stream or rain runoff) would be charged with fixing all the salmon impacts caused by half the homes outside the SCA, agriculture, projected new homes not yet constructed, and government agencies (County Open Space and MMWD who own 40% of the land mass).   The SEIR proposes no other remedy--only an "Expanded SCA Ordinance" imposed on 741 family homes. 

 

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