Airport Recreational Facility

A new private recreational facility complex located on a vacant portion of the 119.52 acre San Rafael Airport property. The project would consist of an 85,700 sq ft private recreational building 39 ft, 6 in. tall (overall height) building with the follow uses: 1) a multi purpose gymnasium area for recreational uses, including two indoor soccer/sports fields and two multi purpose gymnasium sports courts, common locker and restroom area on the 71,300 sq ft ground floor, and 2) an ancillary viewing area, care, restrooms, sports shop administrative offices and meeting room on a 14,400 sq ft mezzanine level.

There would be two outdoor fields next to the building, including one 200 ft x 300 ft lighted outdoor soccer field with all weather turf and an unlighted grass warm-up field

Current Status:

  • Planning Entitlements: Approved by City Council on December 17, 2012
  • Grading permits issued. Building Permits not yet submitted

 Construction information provided by the San Rafael Airport.

(NEW) Status Update: On May 19, 2016 the applicant filed a request for a Time Extension, to extend the initial approval period for implementing the project. The current conditions of approval establish December 17, 2016 as the current time period for completing the construction and initial occupancy of the recreational facility building. The City of San Rafael Municipal Code allows time extensions to be granted by the Zoning Administrator, if the approval findings remain valid and the application is made prior to the expiration period. The applicable findings in this case are found in San Rafael Municipal Code Sections 14.22.080 (Use Permit) and 14.25.090 (Design Review). The hearing on the time extension request is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 5, 2016. The meeting will time and location will be 1400 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor (Planning Division) at 10:00 AM.

Multiple phases of construction were anticipated and approved for implementation of the project, based upon a number of limitations that apply to the days, hours and seasons that construction may occur. The applicant has initiated rough site grading and bridge replacement work, and has submitted this request for additional time to construct and occupy the building due to; a) unanticipated delay in project implementation due to filing of a lawsuit challenging the EIR certified for the project, and b) additional time that was needed to obtain all subsequent permits from other agencies, which required further design work to be completed and which resulted in an inability to initiate construction within the established construction “window” periods. Rough grading and bridge installation work is expected to be completed this year, 2016, which may allow building construction to be initiated by 2017 and potential occupancy by 2019.

The work to complete and occupy the building is anticipated to require phases over a period of three or four years, due to the limited construction timeframes, with potential occupancy possible by 2019 or 2020. An earlier or later completion time is also a possibility. Future time extensions could also be requested and considered in accordance with the City ordinances.

Key Planning Documents

Signed/Approved Planning Entitlements:

Environmental Impact Reports:

San Rafael Airport Recreational Facility Final Environmental Impact Report

San Rafael Airport Recreational Facility Draft Environmental Impact Report

 Project Plans:

Project Plans – Architectural, Civil and Landscaping Plans

City Council Hearing (December 17, 2012) – Merits

City Council Hearing (December 3, 2012) – Merits

City Council Hearing (August 6, 2012) – Merits

The August 6th meeting did not occur and was continued to date uncertain. See press release. No staff report was published for this meeting,

Planning Commission Meeting (June 6, 2012) – Merits

Planning Commission Hearing (May 29, 2012) Merits

Staff Report:

Planning Commission Hearing (March 27, 2012) – Merits

Planning Commission Hearing (January 24, 2012) – Final EIR

Planning Commission Hearing (November 15, 2011) – Final EIR

Staff Report on Final EIR
(See link above for actual Final EIR document)

Planning Commission Hearing (May 12, 2009)- Draft EIR

Staff Report on Draft EIR
(See link above for actual Final EIR document)

Public Comments Available at City Hall

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