Tam Valley, a neighborhood of over 7,000 residents (nearly as big as Sausalito) has been targeted for years as a potential area for increased high density residential development. As part of unincorporated Marin County, high density developments in the area may receive faster approval than in a city.
But with schools at or over capacity, traffic that is a mess during peak hours, sensitive natural environment that is increasing constrained and a lack of key retail like a decent nearby grocery store, the neighborhood is not prepared to handle this type of growth.
Despite attempts to present research and letters against over-development to the Marin County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors, there is a distinct sense that community leaders are not listening to a desire to lower the amount of potential residential build-out in commercial/mixed use areas and preserve the community and environment of Tam Valley from ill-conceived and selfish development.
There are currently two proposed plans (2012 Draft Marin County Housing Element and One Bay Area Plan) that could result in significant increases in high-density residential development in the neighborhood. Please sign this petition if you agree that:
1. Tam Junction Affordable Housing Opportunity Sites should be removed from the 2012 Draft Marin County Housing Element;
2. Tam Valley and Almonte should be removed from the Highway 101 Corridor Priority Development Area of the regional One Bay Area Plan; and
3. Any future Tam Junction projects should not be exempt to the California Environmental Quality Act and should all be subject to environmental review
This petition will be forwarded to a number of community leaders, organizers and the media, including Marin County Supervisors Katrin Sears and Steve Kinsey, to signal concern for and a preference to protect our community, not add 100 units to Tam Junction and create "band-aid" solutions to traffic and other infrastructure problems.
Signing will send a clear signal that you want any future Tam Valley planning to address the current community concerns.