Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Smart[sic] Growth" and Plan Bay Area rejected in Marin

Streetsblog sneered recently when people in Marin protested a massive development in Corte Madera next to Highway 101: "Rain Won’t Stop Marin Anti-Smart Growth NIMBYs From Protesting New Apartment Buildings."

Corte Madera and other Marin residents can't stop that massive project, but they took a first step in preventing something like that happening in nearby Strawberry by successfully rejecting the Priority Development Area designation for that community:

A controversial development area designation that triggered months of heated controversy in Strawberry will be dropped while residents create a new "vision" for the community...The action was greeted by applause following a four-hour hearing, most of it devoted to testimony from nearly 60 speakers, about a fourth of the crowd that packed the chambers. Petitions signed by more than 1,600 opposing the designation were submitted, and many in the audience waved "No PDA in Strawberry" signs...

Richard Hall at Planning for Reality is good on the growing opposition to Plan Bay Area and ABAG's attempt to bring smart[sic] growth to Marin.

See Citizen Marin for more information about that opposition.

Highway 101 is already one of the most congested highways in the Bay Area.

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At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great news! Marin has always been intended for single family residences in car-oriented subdivisions. Those who want to live in these tiny pack-and-stack apartments with no parking should move somewhere where they are welcome, such as the new towers and Transit-Oriented Developments being built in San Francisco.

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No transit oriented development. Does that imply we should develop things away from transit?


It would be one thing if they said "No development, period" (which would hopefully be coupled with "No babies"

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

No, it means we deal with the development issue the way it was dealt with before the dumb smart growth theory was formulated by delusional progressives and developers, who, not surprisingly, love the idea.

Instead every project should be judged on its merits, not waved pre-emptively through the process based on nothing but a fashionable, abstract idea.

Years ago one of the guys who popularized the "transit corridors" idea tried in vain to warn City Hall that it's damaging when applied to San Francisco neighborhoods.

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead every project should be judged on its merits

Every demographic trend out there shows that the trend is to prefer housing near retail, and near transit. Any project meeting that criteria has merit.


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