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San Rafael Misled Into Abdicating Local Zoning Control

June 17, 2019

By Richard Hall : marinij – excerpt

On the evening of Wednesday 12th May, San Rafael quietly began to move towards a new zoning format called “form-based codes.” Adopting these types of zoning regulations will result in the City surrendering control of how many units are built in new development projects (to real estate developers), and instead only limit a project’s overall height and bulk.

This proposed regulation was approved via an electronic vote by City General Plan meeting, attended by over 20 committee members (of which I was one) who were briefed by planner Raffi Boloyan. The approved proposal must still be enacted by the city council, but a general plan vote is highly influential…(more)

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