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Category: Community Development

Upcoming Public Meeting: Northgate Town Square Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Session

Come Participate! Northgate Town Square Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Session San Rafael Planning Commission Meeting Tuesday January 11th, 2022  |  7:00 p.m.  Participate in the meeting online  (Zoom)  |  Watch the meeting (Youtube)  About the Meeting The Northgate Town Square Project involves the redevelopment of the existing Northgate mall including approximately 225,100 sq. ft. of commercial space and up to 1,443 residential units.  The purpose of this scoping … Continued

2021 Affordable Housing NOFA – Released

Notice Of Funding Availability For the Acquisition/Rehabilitation or New Development of Affordable Rental or Ownership Housing NOFA ISSUED: 11/12/2021 RESPONSES DUE: 12/23/2021 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time The City of San Rafael announces the availability of two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000) in funding available for the construction or the preservation of permanently affordable rental housing for … Continued

San Rafael Begins Housing Element Update 

The City of San Rafael has initiated an update of its Housing Element.  This important document includes the City’s policies and programs for meeting the housing needs of all San Rafael residents, with a focus on lower income households and persons with special needs.  The Housing Element includes an evaluation of local housing needs, identification of potential … Continued

Upcoming Changes to San Rafael Public Meetings

Since April 2020, City of San Rafael meetings have taken place via video conference on the Zoom platform. As an accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic, five separate methods of submitting public comment were enabled to allow members of the public various opportunities to participate in City business while this virtual format is in place. As … Continued

San Rafael Planning is hiring a Senior Planner

View the recruitment flyer The Community Development Department is seeking a full-time Senior Planner to join the Planning team. One of the most critical positions to the City’s Planning Division, the Senior Planner oversees the Community Development Department’s Planning program. The position will be overseeing advanced plan review, developing and researching policies and making important decisions … Continued

Draft General Plan 2040/Downtown Precise Plan EIR available for Review

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for General Plan 2040 and the Downtown San Rafael Precise Plan is now available for public review and comment. The City is providing a 62-day comment period on the document, extending from January 7 to March 9, 2021. The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the DEIR on … Continued

Draft ADU Ordinance

In response to the new State housing laws regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) that became effective on January 1, 2020, the City of San Rafael has prepared a Draft ADU ordinance.  The Draft ADU ordinance will make it easier to develop an ADU and will streamline the permit review process, which will further encourage and … Continued

Community Survey about Housing

Inclusionary housing is a requirement that when a new housing development is built, that it includes some units that are considered affordable. Alternatively, the housing developer can pay a fee that goes towards creating affordable housing at another location in the City to meet this requirement. To make San Rafael a more livable and inclusive … Continued

Virtual Counter Hours

Community Development is piloting a couple hours a week of virtual counter hours. This is part of our efforts to improve our ability to serve the public while our public counter is closed. We recognize that some projects can benefit from more than a series of emails and phone calls. Appointments can be scheduled online … Continued

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