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Friday, June 24, 2016

San Marin Neighborhood Meeting - City of Novato General Plan Update - 7pm, Wednesday, July 13

Interested in finding out the direction and providing input to the future plan for the City of Novato?
You are invited to the next San Marin Improvement Association’s (“SMIA”) (www.SanMarin.org) meeting to learn about the progress and vision of the City’s General Plan, which is being updated. 
Bob Brown, City of Novato's Community Development Director, will present the  General Plan Update that the city has been working on for the past couple years.  Bob will talk about the1996 General Plan, progress the city has made since, the outreach, vision and proposed direction with input received during the current General Plan Update cycle, covering period through year 2035.  
Bob will also talk briefly about projects that are currently under review by the city. This is your chance to ask questions about our San Marin neighborhood and possible future development.
This is a very important opportunity to learn and let your voice be heard about the future planning of Novato. You don’t want to miss it.    
I have included at the bottom of this invite information about the General Plan from the city's website. To find out the specifics, come and listen to Bob's presentation.
·      Topic: City of Novato’s General Plan Update
·      Presenter: Bob Brown, Community Development Director, City of Novato
·      Date/Time: 7pm, Wednesday, July 13
·      Location: All Saints Church, 2 San Marin Drive – Thank you for letting us use the facility!
We hope you can attend and please invite your San Marin neighbors!
To learn more about San Marin Improvement Association, please click What is San Marin Improvement Association? 
Please let me know if you are coming, so Bob can prepare handouts. 
Thank you! 
Sylvia Barry
Cell/Text: 415-717-0293
Email: sylvia@SylviaBarryRE.com
San Marin Improvement Association (
www.SanMarin.org)

From City Website -  
The City's General Plan serves as a basis for decisions that affect the City’s growth and development such as transportation, land use, streets and infrastructure, parks, housing and neighborhoods, recreation and community facilities, downtown, the environment, public health and safety, and flooding. The General Plan is a strategic and long term document identifying goals and polices that guides and directs the City in terms of implementing policies, programs and resources. As required by State law, the City of Novato’s General Plan includes seven chapters, or "elements": land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise and safety
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The General Plan is the principal policy document guiding the development and conservation of local municipalities, and is often referred to as the “constitution” of local development. The General Plan also reflects the vision and values of a community.
To remain effective, a General Plan usually focuses on a time horizon of 10 years.
Novato’s General Plan was last comprehensively updated in 1996; the City is looking towards 2035 with the General Plan update. New State regulations have been enacted, and our perspectives on land use and environmental issues have changed. 

The General Plan update is also an opportunity to formally incorporate locally adopted climate change documents into the new General Plan. In 2009, Novato adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP), and in May 2013, adopted an updated Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory using data from 2010. The intent is to weave climate change and adaptation strategies through the relevant chapters of the General Plan, set GHG emissions reduction targets and establish a long-term strategy to achieve those targets. 

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