350 Merrydale Town Home Development

APN:179-041-27 and 28
Address:350 Merrydale Road / 3833 Redwood Highway

San Rafael, Marin County, California,

Project Numbers: ZC19-002/UP18-039/ED18-1010/TS18-006
Applicant:Campus Properties, Michael Hooper

(415) 298-7571

mhooper@campusproperty.com

Project Planner:Caron Parker (415) 485-3094

caron.parker@cityofsanrafael.org

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Project Description

The project consists of a mixture of 45 for-sale town homes and stacked flats, and a multi-purpose community room, on an approximate 2.28-acre site. The Project site has primary access from Merrydale Road and secondary access from Redwood Highway. A new T-shaped private road will link Merrydale Road with Redwood Highway.

There are 41 three-story town homes proposed and four stacked flats in five different building types. A total of nine buildings will range from four to eight units. Building 4 will include four stacked flats over parking at one end, and over parking and the Community Room at the other end. The project will provide 20% of the units (nine units) for sale to persons of Low and Moderate Income earning 50-80% and 80-120% respectively of the Area Wide Median Income adjusted for family size. Five (5) units will be affordable to persons of Low Income and four (4) units affordable to persons of Moderate Income.

The Project has generally been oriented to the north and west to take advantage of the view opportunities and to provide an landscaped Merrydale Road street frontage, and to promote usage of the creek area via a dual-purpose Creek Promenade. This orientation

has the additional advantage of limited exposure to the freeway and providing a noise block to the adjacent Rafael Meadows neighborhood.

The Merrydale Road frontage will be improved with new curb, gutter, sidewalk and landscaping providing for nine street parking spaces. In addition to the new Merrydale Road sidewalk, pedestrian access will be available along the Creek Promenade and Private Street A and Private Street B providing continuous pedestrian access from Redwood Highway to Merrydale Road. Primary vehicular access will be from Merrydale Road via a two-way street (Private Street A), and from Redwood Highway via a two-way street (Private Street B). All sides of each building will be within 150 feet (fire hose pull length) of any parked fire apparatus equipment. At least one side of each building will have an eave height not to exceed 30 feet. Therefore, no aerial ladder fire truck access will be necessary.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Documents

Consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the City has prepared a Initial Study, Mitigated Negative Declaration and published a notice of intent to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration. There is a 30 day public comment period on the Mitigated Negative Declaration, commencing on Friday November 8, 2019 and ending at the Planning Commission hearing on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7pm.

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

Studies

Current Status

The project has been reviewed as a Conceptual Review by the Design Review Board on July 17, 2018. Video and staff report from this meeting can be viewed here

Formal applications for a Planned Development (PD) Rezoning, Design Review Permit, Use Permit, and Tentative Subdivision Map were submitted on November 8, 2018. The Design Review Board reviewed the formal application on August 6, 2019 and recommended approval of the project design to the Planning Commission. Video and staff report from the 8/6/19 DRB meeting can be found here.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to review the project on December 10, 2019, and consider the project applications, along with the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration and make their recommendation to the City Council for final action.

Following Planning Commission review, the project will be scheduled for a City Council hearing for final review and action.

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