Marinwood Plaza EIR Meeting Set For March 29

An architectural rendering of Marinwood Plaza.
An architectural rendering of Marinwood Plaza.
A public meeting is set for March 29 to collect and record comments for the environmental review of the Marinwood Plaza project, a neighborhood shopping center that is targeted for significant mixed-use renovation.

The meeting will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lucas Valley Community Church, 2000 Las Gallinas Ave. Oral and written comments on environmental concerns with the project will be accepted by staff members of the Marin County Community Development Agency, which is overseeing the planning process and including all relevant feedback in the environmental impact report (EIR). At such scoping sessions, only feedback relating to environmental concerns will be collected, not whether the overall project has merit.

The shopping center at 187 Marinwood Ave. in the unincorporated area just north of San Rafael is home to Marinwood Market, a small liquor store and several vacant commercial locations. The center also is home to a year-round farmer’s market in the parking lot. The market, liquor store and farmer’s market are part of the future plans as well.

BRIDGE Housing Corporation of San Francisco has submitted papers on behalf of the property owner, Marinwood Plaza LLC, to develop the northern and southern portions of the site with residential, commercial and mixed-use buildings. The total building area proposed is 124,302 square feet, including the portions of the commercial building proposed to remain and the proposed carports. Businesses and market-rate apartments would be developed on the northern lot, while the southern lot would be developed with buildings with affordable apartments.

The County is preparing an EIR in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Public comments on the scope of issues to be evaluated in the EIR are encouraged and accepted until 4 p.m. on Monday, April 7. Comments can be submitted via email to envplanning@marincounty.org or mailed to the Community Development Agency, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 308, San Rafael CA 94903.

Details of the proposed project are online and on file with the CDA office. Hard copies are available for public review from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in Suite 308 of the Marin County Civic Center.

Materials prepared for the public meeting are available on the Community Development Agency’s Environmental Planning webpage and will be available at the meeting in hard-copy form. The best way to stay informed about the Marinwood Plaza plans is to subscribe to the page and receive emailed updates.

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Stephen Nestel March 14, 2014 at 08:42 PM
Review the testimony by Renee Silveira and her Attorney immediately prior to her appearance. While the toxic plume has not reached the well YET, it is on the border of her property. I edited a few choice clips but the full two and half hour testimony will have to be viewed to place in context. Conversely, you can listen to the last twenty minutes where commissioner after commissioner agrees that the Toxics must be cleaned immediately. Several expressed outrage at the meddling by Susan Adams and Mark Levine. I am convinced you know this already and are merely trying to distract people from the truth by attacking the message. yum.. Milk.
Mingus Tarpon March 19, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Stephen, Your message is constantly diluted by the way your turn every response that does not agree with your particular take on the issues into an attack on the other party. You divert with personal slurs and attempts to link them to the bad guys of the week (e.g., the Tea Party, Susan Adams, the Board of Supervisors, etc.). This, in combination with over-the-top, charged choice of language is turning your, in some cases valid points, into nothing more than background noise. There have been other community watchdogs/concerned citizens in Marin whose style, like yours, has led to any post being ignored. Please stick to the issues, make your points in a respectful way and address differences with facts. It is a pitfall that many informed people fall into to draw conclusions that are not well warranted by the facts. Each level of assumption adds a considerable amount of variability and lack of certainty to the conclusions. The end result of this is tin-hat conspiracy theories - and to be frank - some of your rants tend to that. Our society needs the full spectrum of opinions and you are a strong voice for a particular set of opinions. The issues are compelling and complex, and your advocacy is current and informed. It can stand on its own without the demagoguery, insinuation and personal attacks.
Stephen Nestel March 19, 2014 at 04:52 PM
Mingus Tarpon(if this is your real name) I have never engaged a conversation with you so your character attack is unwarranted. As before, I ask people to merely watch the videos and draw their own conclusions. It is amazing how aggressive this attacks are when the truth is simply revealed. Try being civil. I am sickened by your willingness to cover up an environmental crime and politicians to protect them. For people who wish to see the sworn testimony on the Toxic Waste Controversy and Susan Adams attempt to derail the prompt clean up see: http://www.savemarinwood.org/search/label/toxic%20waste
Mingus Tarpon March 19, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Stephen, Please read my comments again. They do not constitute a character attack in any way. They are a compliment and an observation. All of my points are being highlighted in your comments to me... the over the top language; the accusation of my willingness to cover up crimes - unspecified and not borne out or even related in any way to any of my comments; the red herring about never having engaged in a conversation with me; the comment about the "aggressive attacks when truth is revealed" (proven false on its face by the fact that neither I nor others have attacked anyone - other than you attacking everyone. Also note that the tone of my observations is entirely civil. By your tone I suspect you are new to community involvement and civil debate. You don't need to knock the other side to make your points. You don't need to create issues to promote your point of view. You don't need to interrupt public meetings. I know that has been the tone of politics in recent years (hence my suspicion of your new arrival on the scene) but if there is anything most people dislike about politics it is that very tone. Won't you be one of those that helps bring back the era of an engaged, polite, passionate citizenry that speaks to the issues?
Stephen Nestel March 19, 2014 at 08:13 PM
"Mingus Tarpon" once again you attack without substance to your allegations. Instead of ad hominem why not offer your own ideas and promote genuine discussion? I am tired of feeding trolls but gladly will discuss real issues that matter.


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