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Housing

Making our community a prosperous and inclusive home

  • Any increase in housing must be paired with a commensurate increase in transportation and services

  • Nobody should be shut out of our community because they can’t afford to live here

  • Create housing for the people we depend on most: teachers, first responders, and Town staff

  • Strike a balance between owner-occupied and rental units

  • Regulate AirBnB to preserve the town’s character and integrity

  • Maintain our town’s character while embracing density as a tool for efficiency

Take a comprehensive approach

see also: Transportation

  • Any increase in housing must be paired with a commensurate increase in transportation and services. Local roads, infrastructure, and schools are already near capacity, so a responsible solution to the housing shortage must also include investments in the services and infrastructure that new residents would use. When looking at new housing developments, let's increase communication between the Planning Commission, the community, and all the organizations responsible for providing local services.

Workforce, senior, & affordable housing
  • Nobody should be shut out of our community because they can’t afford to live here. Economic diversity isn’t just important from a moral and social standpoint; it also benefits all Corte Maderans by creating demand for lower-cost goods and services, which bring down the cost of living for the entire community. That’s why it’s critical that Corte Madera invest in more affordable housing for workers and fixed-income seniors.

  • Create housing for the people we depend on most: teachers, first responders, and Town staff. Many of the public servants who help make our community run so well have been priced out of town, and are forced to commute from around the region. That's not right, and will make it increasingly difficult for our town to find and retain such talent. Let's make a priority of creating affordable housing for those who serve our community.

Second units, renting, & Airbnb
  • Strike a balance between owner-occupied and rental units. It’s important that Corte Madera be able to accommodate residents of diverse life circumstances, and that both rental and owner-occupied housing be available. Housing policy should allow for second units, which provide less expensive housing for the community and supplemental income for homeowners.

  • Regulate AirBnB to preserve the town’s character and integrity. Ours is an open and welcoming community, and AirBnB can be a powerful tool for bringing visitors and capital into our town—but we must also ensure that AirBnB isn’t used to convert single family homes into virtual hotels.

Density
  • Maintain our town’s character while embracing efficient land use. Our community is intimate and personable, and there are parts of Corte Madera for which denser building may never be appropriate. However, medium density construction in appropriate locales (i.e. along the freeway) could increase the efficiency of our infrastructure and lessen our environmental impact.

Case Study: Tam Ridge Residences (WinCup Redevelopment)

The Tam Ridge Residences development is one of the most controversial issues in Corte Madera right now—and rightly so.

 

The project expands the tax base, provides some affordable housing, and reduces our environmental impact, but its conception left much to be desired, and its implementation will present several distinct challenges to the community. Then there's the actual delivery of the project, errors in the construction of which were nothing short of scandalous. We must study the lessons of the Tam Ridge Residences, to make sure we don't repeat the same mistakes.

Read more here.

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