Dear San Geronimo Valley Stewards, Friends, and Homeowners,
Marin County Planning Commission will hold its meeting on the new stream ordinance Dec. 13, 2021 Monday at 1 pm. The new stream rules will impact all homes and improvements located within 100 feet of any stream in San Geronimo Valley (not the rest of Marin). The Commission will likely vote to approve the ordinance. Stewards asked for some changes they may consider.
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The meeting agenda, with attached copies of stream ordinance and other documents, can be found at this LINK:
Planning Commission Hearings - Community Development Agency – County of Marin marincounty.org
Here are the new dates for Marin County's consideration of the proposed Stream Conservation Area Ordinance:
Monday November 8: Workshop with Planning Commission and Community.
We offer this summary of how the new stream rules proposed by Marin County may effect your property and house. We believe the ordinance and exhibits will burden families with costs and delays for ordinary home maintenance and improvements. The rules are confusing and will require homeowners to consult lawyers and pay experts for common projects.In San Geronimo Valley, 4200 people live in a forest surrounded by dry grassland. The new stream rules discourage sensible vegetation management, and do not require compliance with state law and local fire agencies regarding defensible space and fire prevention. The SGV Stewards and supporters are not professional developers building new mansions. We are the 2,000 families who live in existing homes, many built decades ago, on small lots close to creeks. The new stream rules apply to only the San Geronimo Valley. Marin County does not burden any other area with these new costs and delays. INTRODUCTION
For decades, Roys' Redwoods has been a local treasure, much beloved by the 4,000 residents of San Geronimo Valley. The site has recently been discovered by many people from the Bay Area. Generations of hikers, horse riders, dog walkers, and children have left evidence of their visits near streams and under the trees. Read More >
The Board of Directors of San Geronimo Valley Stewards sent a letter to the Marin County Board of Supervisors supporting continuation of the Urban Streams Coordinator Program through June 2021. Families in the Valley have benefited from the advice and support of the Marin Resource Conservation District, particularly the high energy and attention devoted by Sarah Phillips. Read More >
Marin County is preparing a new Lidar map of San Geronimo Valley streams and an expanded stream protection ordinance that would govern every structure and improvement within 100 feet of any main stem creek, seasonal stream or ephemeral runoff. Read More >
Protecting families and fish.
Who We Are
The San Geronimo Valley Stewards are volunteers working with 2,000 Valley residents to preserve our historic family homes and natural environment. We welcome everyone and respect different viewpoints.
We educate our elected officials and our community about natural creek restoration. We partner with local government, other conservation groups, and homeowner associations.
We invite you to make a donation or volunteer your services to protect families and fish.
We participate in community-based actions to create a better tomorrow for our children and grandchildren.We offer various projects to appeal to different members of our community, with the goal of bringing The Valley together as one.
Get to know the residents of the Valley as they guide you through their very own backyard gardens. You’ll learn the history of their homes as well as their individual efforts to improve their land.
We bring people together and listen to your concerns. We invite government officials to visit us in the Valley and answer your questions.
We offer workshops to teach the protection of our unique Valley environment, such as fire and disaster preparation, controlling invasive broom plants, woody debris for fish habitat.
We defend your interests at hearings of the Marin County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. We analyze proposed regulations and encourage voters to speak out.
Our organization lives on volunteers and donations alone. Without you, we would not be here.