Fairfax Update
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January 24,2022
January Town Council Meeting Highlights

At the Town Council meeting last week, the Council took the following action:

  • Discussed the Housing Sites Inventory and the community engagement that went into collecting ideas for this process. The Council asked that sites #4 (St.Rita's) and #15 (Jolly Hill) be removed from the list and that two other sites be added for review.

  • Adopted an urgency ordinance regarding ADUs to comply with State regulations.

  • Discussed short term rentals in the Town and options to regulate them. Directed Staff to move forward with the recommendations in the Staff Report and come back to the Council at a future meeting to take action.

  • Moved the Planning Commission’s regular meetings to the fourth Friday of every month, beginning February 24th.

Public Works Update

We are happy to report that we expect construction work on Sir Francis Drake to be complete today! We still need to do final inspections but the road is open and safe for driving. Thank you to the community for your patience as we made sure this stretch of road was as safe as possible moving forward.

Town Council approved three contracts at its January 19, 2022 meeting for continued progress on a project to seismically retrofit the Town’s iconic Pavilion. As indicated on the Town’s project webpage.
The Town is the beneficiary of a significant grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and combined with Town funds, the project will retrofit the building to make it more resilient and resistant to damage from earthquake and high winds while bringing it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The three contracts approved will result in an agreement between the Town and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria for treatment of tribal cultural resources and tribal monitoring during construction, continued retention of the archeologist that has aided the Town in getting to approval for construction for services during construction, and a specialty consultant to assist in the preparation of bid documents for foundation replacement as the first phase of actual construction. 

For questions about the project, please contact Jonathon Goldman, PE – Interim Public Works Director.
Housing Element Update

Draft Available for Comment--Safety Element Update
  • A preliminary draft of the updated Safety Element is now available on the Fairfax Speaks website for the public to review, provide comments, and ask questions. 
  • The Safety Element, like the Housing Element, is a component of Fairfax’s General Plan. 
  • The Town is required by law to revise the Safety Element at the same time as the Town is preparing the Housing Element update. 
  • Your input on the Safety Element can help ensure that Fairfax plans for future housing needs in a way that aligns with the safety of the Fairfax community. 

 Latest News on the Housing Element Update
  • The latest progress on the Housing Element Update process was discussed at the January 19th Town Council meeting.
  • Discussion topics included updates on the schedule and outreach efforts, the next steps in the Sites Inventory analysis, and a Question and Answer session. 
  • You can view the presentation and discussion on the Fairfax Speaks website.

Other Ways to Voice your Vision for Future Housing
  • Visit the Fairfax Speaks Sites Inventory page to see and provide input on the potential sites being considered for additional housing. 
  • Make sure to register on the Fairfax Speaks website for future updates throughout this year-long planning process.
Covid Testing Options

With the current surge of Covid-19, the best way to slow the spread is to be tested regularly. Here are some options to help facilitate that:

Fairfax Market - 2040 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax
Fridays, January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25
10am to 4pm
Click here to make an appointment or call: (888) 702-9042

Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Volunteer Board Meeting
January 24 - 6:30pm

Tree Committee Meeting
January 24 - 7pm

Open Space Committee Meeting
January 25 - 7pm

Town Council Meeting
February 2 - 7pm

To view the agendas visit our Public Meetings page.
Please note we are proceeding with all events as planned but they may
need to be cancelled due to County or State Health orders.
Fairfax Recreation
Peri Park will be closed Tomorrow
Peri Park will be closed on Tuesday January 25th, in order for PG&E to replace the power pole located within the park. Please plan accordingly.
Fairfax Skate Contest 
Saturday March 26th – 10am – 1pm 
Fairfax Skate Park 
Win a week of Fairfax Recreation Skate Camp this summer with Steven Teijeiro!

Dance a la Moxie
Sisi M.P. Hansen
Tuesdays - Resumes February 1st
Right Field Side of Contratti Ballfield

A progressive, FUN total body workout guaranteed to make you feel better, look better and be better! No experience necessary.

Other Town and County News
Join the Conversation

The Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD) has completed clean-up at our former treatment plant site (at 2000 Larkspur Landing Circle) and received final signoff from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s official clearance letter allows unrestricted land use for the site. RVSD is now initiating community engagement to help plan for future uses at the site.

Take a 3 to 5 minute survey to provide your input about land uses and development at the RVSD’s former treatment plant at 2000 Larkspur Landing Circle.

Open until March 10, 2022

Physical copies of the survey are available at:
2960 Kerner Blvd San Rafael, CA 94901
or call (415) 259-2949

For more information about this project, visit the RVSD website at: https://rvsd.org/237/Larkspur-Landing-Property-Information
Want to Get Involved? Join a Board or Commission!

Do you want to make a real difference in 2022? Consider joining a board or commission for the Town of Fairfax. There are openings on several boards and commissions. Click here to see the current vacancies.
Marin Water Update
Water is a precious resource year round. Please continue to monitor usage and take steps to save water.

More data regarding our water supply, reservoir levels, and recent rainfall can always be found at marinwater.org/water-watch.
COVID-19 Updates & Programs

For resources regarding COVID-19, including vaccines and testing, current rates of infection, and more, please visit the https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, please visit our Town of Fairfax Coronavirus Resource page for rental assistance, utility bill help and more.
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