Draft Road and Trail Management Plan/Draft Tiered Program Environmental Impact Report Update
POSTED ON: December 4, 2013
The Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) has completed a Draft Tiered Program Environmental Impact Report (Draft TPEIR) for the Draft Road and Trail Management Plan (Draft RTMP) and provided the public with 60 days to review and comment on the Draft TPEIR. The comment period closed on December 2, 2013. The MCOSD received several hundred written and oral comments and currently is reviewing them. As part of the environmental review process, the MCOSD will prepare a written response to the comments on the Draft TPEIR. In the spring of 2014, the MCOSD will release a Final Draft TPEIR, which will include the final environmental report, the comments received during the public-review period, the response to comments, and the mitigation monitoring and reporting program. After release of the Final Draft TPEIR, the MCOSD will hold two additional public meetings regarding the Final Draft TPEIR and Final RTMP. The first will be a public meeting of the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission, at which the commission will consider a recommendation to the MCOSD Board of Directors to certify the Final Draft TPEIR and adopt the RTMP. The second will be a public meeting of the MCOSD Board of Directors at which it will consider certification of the Final TPEIR and adoption of the RTMP.
Board of Supervisors Seeks Volunteer Members for Measure A Community Oversight Committee
POSTED ON: December 3, 2013
The application deadline is at 5:00 p.m. on December 30, 2013 for five openings on the Marin County Measure A Community Oversight Committee. Marin voters approved the Marin Parks, Open Space and Farmland Preservation Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance (Marin County Ordinance 3586) on November 6, 2012. The volunteer committee members review annual expenditures to ensure conformity to Ordinance 3586 Expenditure Plan, oversee an annual audit, and prepare an annual report describing how funds were spent.
All Committee members must be Marin County residents who are neither elected officials of any government body nor employees from agencies or organizations that either oversee or benefit from the tax receipts of Measure A. More specific qualifications are as follows:
- One committee member shall represent Marin's agricultural community and be knowledgeable of agricultural conservation easements as a method of farmland preservation
- Four members shall possess working knowledge in subject areas and disciplines beneficial to the work of the committee, such as financial management and reporting, public agency administration, and the provision of public parks and open space services
Apply online, call (415) 473-7331, or contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Suite 329, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903, to obtain an application form. For additional information, please visit the Measure A Community Oversight Committee webpage.
Draft Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Plan Update
POSTED ON: November 27, 2013
Environmental review of the Draft Vegetation and Biodiversity Management Plan (VBMP) is underway. On November 22, 2013 the Marin Open Space District (MCOSD) released a notice of preparation for the Draft VBMP announcing that the MCOSD will prepare a tiered program environmental impact report (TPEIR) for the plan. Additionally, the MCOSD has prepared an initial study to focus the TPEIR. To ensure that the TPEIR is thorough and adequate, fully addresses public concerns, and meets the needs of all agencies reviewing it, the MCOSD is soliciting comments on specific issues to be included in the environmental review. Written comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Please submit your written comments to:
Marin County Open Space District
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 260
San Rafael, CA 94903-4157
(415) 473-3795 (Fax)
The Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to hear to public comment on the scope of issues that the MCOSD should consider in the TPEIR. This meeting will be held at the Marin County Civic Center in the Planning Commission Chambers (Room 328).
Our 40th Anniversary Video Wins National Award
Posted on: September 12, 2013
Last weekend at the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, the County of Marin took first place (among more than 500 entries) in the promotional video category for local governments serving a population of 140,000 or more. Celebrating 40 Years of Marin County Parks, prepared by Jerry Kay Productions, won the Savvy Award for its compelling story, excellent writing, and beautiful footage. Watch the video on the MarinGChannel.