Ford Greene Loses Apartment Battle

What's your reaction to the San Anselmo Planning Commission's decision?


San Anselmo Councilman Ford Greene must apply for a conditional use permit and do costly retrofitting to keep living in his studio apartment, the San Anselmo Planning Commission decided this week, according to the Marin Independent Journal. 

His unit is in the first floor of a historic three-story building Greene purchased in 2001. The structure, at 711 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., includes two residential units occupied by tenants on the third flood and Greene’s law office on the second floor.

Town staff determined there is no evidence that Greene’s apartment was legally created to be a residential unit. Greene appealed that decision to the planning commission, who voted on the matter this week and upheld town staff’s decision.  

Toward the end of 2011, Councilman Jeff Kroot wrote a letter to town officials asking the town to review “illegal construction” at the site, according to the IJ.

Before Kroot wrote to the town, Greene had criticized Kroot for upgrades to his home he did that barely missed design review requirements.

At the Feb. 4 hearing, San Anselmo Town Manager Debbie Stutsman said the town treats everyone equally, and planning commissioners stood behind the staff’s initial decision on the property – that Greene wasn’t supposed to be living in the unit because it is zoned for commercial uses. 


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Bob Hunter February 07, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I would support an effort to recruit more parents who are actively raising kids to the TC. I also would support an effort to create a youth advisory committee to the TC, if it doesnt already exist.
Okoyam February 08, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Greene is an embarrassment to the town and one day the voters of San Anselmo will wake up and vote in someone who puts the town's issues before their own. I don't think Jeff Kroot has spent his time on the council litigating against the town he is representing - unlike Greene.
Elvis February 08, 2013 at 08:59 AM
weak. the zoning laws in san anselmo are archaic at best. certainly not user friendly, Ford Greene's building can have residences on the 3rd floor but not 2nd floor? what about the 1st floor? another reason to view san anselmo as a petty little town that wants to be something it is not.
Bob Hunter February 08, 2013 at 04:00 PM
This little cat fight over self interests between Green and Kroot compels residents to really look at who we're electing to represent our interests. My hope is that we can find more candidates who are currently raising children in San Anselmo. An energetic and effective town council can lead us to a better quality of life for residents, especially young families, and enhanced prosperity for our business owners.
Vicki February 08, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Pathetic that that these elected officials are wasting SA community time with their own personal vendetta...can't help but wonder if this is how it all starts and concludes with the current non functioning US govt.


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