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San Rafael rescinds two high-density housing plans

September 17, 2013

By Megan Hansen : Marin Independent Journal – excerpt

Pressured by vocal opponents of high-density housing, the San Rafael City Council narrowly approved rescinding a plan to concentrate future housing developments near transit at the Marin Civic Center.

Council members met Monday to decide the fate of the Marin Civic Center Station Area Plan, which outlines transit-oriented housing options for a 1/2-mile area around the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit station near the Civic Center, and the fate of the Marin Civic Center “priority development area,” which identifies land for high-density housing near transit. Both overlap and cover the same location.

On a 3-2 vote, with City Councilwoman Barbara Heller and City Councilman Andrew McCullough dissenting, the council voted to remove the priority development area designation. A motion by McCullough to adopt a lower-density designation failed.

In addition, the council unanimously approved a handful of amendments to the Station Area Plan… (more)

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