The ADA Access Advisory Committee is established to review the City’s progress in implementing its Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Project Civic Access. The Committee shall serve an advisory role in assisting the City with creating or modifying procedures, policies, and standards that are necessary to bring San Rafael into compliance with both the Settlement Agreement and the ADA.
Currently, the City is required under numerous Federal and State laws to enforce and comply with all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In order to keep the purpose of this Committee clearly defined, it is equally important to define Committee limitations. The ADA Access Advisory Committee is not involved in:
- ADA compliance related to private development applications, approvals or enforcement. This responsibility is carried out by the Community Development Department.
- Grievances under the ADA directed toward the City. Anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the City of San Rafael shall fall under the provisions of the City's grievance procedure.
- Project review and approval. Existing Boards or Commissions (such as the Design Review Board or Planning Commission) that are established for public or private project review and approval, which includes full ADA compliance, shall remain with those Boards and Commissions.
- City bids, contracts and agreements. The City has full responsibility to ensure that all approved bids, contracts and agreements are in full compliance under the ADA.
All members of the ADA Access Advisory Committee must be individuals with a strong interest and enthusiasm for bringing the City of San Rafael into compliance with the DOJ Settlement Agreement and the ADA. The Advisory Committee shall consist of nine (9) members. The majority of members of the Committee shall be residents of the City who have significant experience in the disability community.
At least five (5) members shall be both residents of San Rafael and persons with disabilities. Some members of advocacy groups or social service providers may also be appointed, but no more than three organizations will serve on the Committee. Also, one member of the Committee shall represent the San Rafael business community interest.
Committee members will be appointed by the City Council.
The Advisory Committee shall meet at least quarterly per annum. Additional meetings may be scheduled in order to address issues in the DOJ Settlement Agreement. The meetings shall comply with all provisions of the Brown Act. Review of documents and materials may be required prior to scheduled meetings.
Terms of Committee Members
Members may serve for two consecutive four-year terms, as per Resolution No. 13681, adopted February 18, 2014.