Provide Needed Housing

"I am proud of Fairfax for crafting an approval of Victory Village, 53 units of 100% very affordable senior housing on an already-developed space. I have supported this opportunity for years as a citizen, Planning Commissioner, and now as a town councilor."

The astronomical price of real estate and rentals is a huge challenge to our community. Since our family moved here in 1993, Diane has worked both as a community midwife and a health care provider at the Point Reyes Clinic. We’ve therefore had a front line look at young families increasingly struggling to stay in Marin. Through caring for both my parents in Marin and now for Diane’s mother, we see the issues and support systems available to elders in our community.

I am proud of Fairfax for crafting an approval of Victory Village, 53 units of 100% very affordable senior housing on an already-developed space. I have supported this opportunity for years on GPAC, the Planning Commissioner, and now on Council and it promises to change countless lives for the better.

 

I am so happy to say that it now has a broad consensus of support and has changed the housing conversation in the county. Consensus was achieved through a combination of citizen organizing and governmental work to tailor the zoning and the approval conditions to address community concerns.
 

If the town is presented with an appropriate application for low-cost, small, “workforce” infill housing, I would seriously consider its value and hope to again reach a community consensus. While on the Planning Commission, I  helped pass our Junior Second Unit ordinance and helped legalize second units. Small, flexible design of our housing and increased sharing of space improves everyone’s lives.

While on Town Council I supported and we passed several ordinances to protect renters.  Going forward, we will be a better community by welcoming people of modest means to live here.