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Summary of New Stream Rules for Homeowners

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

A. Where to read the new stream rules: This is a brief summary. You can read the exact language of the new rules by going to the Marin County website: www.marincounty.org/sca

Scroll down to "2021 SCA Ordinance Documents" Exhibit A is the Stream Conservation Area Ordinance (SCAO). Supporting Resource Materials include: Exhibit C on Site Assessment Exhibit D Standard Management Practices (SMP's)

B. Your comments are welcome: Please send your questions, objections, and recommendations to the public officials we list at the end of this email.

We hope you will participate in the Monday November 8 workshop for the community and the County Planning Commission. Watch your emails for exact time and details how to log onto the virtual meeting. The Planning Commission is scheduled to vote Monday December 13.

C. New Stream Rules: Do you want to: replace your wood deck, repair your roof shingles, or add 400 square feet to your home, or pave your dirt driveway, or build a tool shed, or install solar panels?


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We are the San Geronimo Valley Stewards

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.

Our Mission

We educate our elected officials and our community about natural creek restoration. We partner with local government, other conservation groups, and homeowner associations.

Get Involved

We invite you to make a donation or volunteer your services to protect families and fish.

It's Our Environment

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.

Garden Tours

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.

Community Meetings

We bring people together and listen to your concerns. We invite government officials to visit us in the Valley and answer your questions.

Valley Workshops

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.

Public Hearings

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.

We need your help

Our organization lives on volunteers and donations alone. Without you, we would not be here.