Category: Planning and Building

Home Match Program, helping age friendly people screen for roommates

Available in Fairfax, Marin County has partnered with nonprofit Front Porch to offer a program called Home Match that specifically helps seniors screen for roommates. Homeowners or master tenants that are financially vulnerable and have available rooms in their homes (called “home providers”) are matched with low- to moderate-income people seeking affordable housing local to … Continued

Register your short term rental online

Starting April 15, 2024, all short-term rentals (STRs) in the Town of Fairfax are required to be registered with the Town. This requires an annual registration fee, and the collection and remittance of Hotel User’s Tax (HUT). Operating a STR without registering the unit with the Town violates Town Code and is subject to citations, … Continued

Restrictive covenants and what you need to know about them

Did you know your home’s deed could contain a racially restrictive covenant? A covenant is a legally enforceable “contract” imposed in a deed upon the buyer of property. Racially restrictive covenants were used nationwide starting in the 1920s to prevent people of color from purchasing homes in white communities. As of 2021, the Marin County … Continued

Fairfax launches Rent Stabilization Initiatives: Here’s what you need to know

The Town has initiated partial implementation of the Rent Stabilization program with two initiatives. Keep in mind, rent increases are not permitted unless authorized by the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) or through a hearing process. Hearing Process Chapter 5.55 (Rent Stabilization Program) of the Town Code now provides for a hearing process for the consideration … Continued

HCD certifies Fairfax’s Housing Element

The Town received a letter from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on April 8, 2024 that certifies the Town of Fairfax, Housing Element 2023-31 has been certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The culminates years of community workshops, public meetings, work by Town staff, the Planning … Continued

Fairfax Housing Element, 2023-31, Revised Action Plan, March 15, 2024

The Town has made minor administrative corrections to the Action Plan contained within the adopted Fairfax Housing Element, 2023-31. The adopted Housing Element is currently under review by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and after a phone consultation with Town staff, a clarification was requested by HCD related to the ministerial … Continued

Fairfax Housing Element, 2023-31, Final (Second Revision), March 5, 2024

The Town has made minor administrative corrections to certain sections of the 2023-31 Housing Element, adopted by the Town Council on December 13, 2023. The adopted Housing Element is currently under review by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The revised sections of the Housing Element will be available on the web … Continued

Town Council meeting recap | February 29, 2024

Photo credit: Martha E. Ture, Mt. Tamalpais Photography February 29, 2024 Highlights 79 Wood Lane Appeal The Town Council held a public hearing on an appeal regarding the building project located at 79 Wood Lane. The appellant and their legal representative joined the meeting to participate in the discussion. Following public comment and deliberation, the … Continued

Review and comment period opens for Revised Final 2023-2031 Housing Element

The Town has made minor administrative corrections to the 2023-31 Housing Element, adopted by the Town Council on December 13, 2023. The adopted Housing Element is currently under review by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The Housing Element will be available on the Housing Element project page for seven days and … Continued

Town Council meeting recap | January 24, 2024

Photo credit: Martha E. Ture, Mt. Tamalpais Photography January 24, 2024 Highlights Zoning amendments to certain chapters of Title 17 (Zoning) of the Fairfax Municipal Code to implement Program 2-A (Workforce Housing Overlay) Jeff Beiswenger, Planning and Building Director, and Dyett and Bhatia consultant, Andrew Hill delivered a presentation to describe the proposed zoning changes … Continued

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