COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) updates and resources

Housing Element

The Town is updating its Housing Element to comply with State law.  Please click here to read the latest information about the Town's efforts.

 

Objective Design and Development Standards

The Town of Fairfax, in cooperation with ten other Marin jurisdictions, is undertaking development of Objective Design and Development Standards (ODDS) to evaluate potential multi-family residential development projects.  This effort is in response to new State laws which have severely limited or in many cases eliminated local discretionary review of multifamily housing projects.  Such projects can be reviewed for conformance with locally adopted ODDS.  

The Planning Commission has reviewed local efforts on February 20, April 16, and November 19, 2020.   meetings.  On May 21 the design team doing the ODDS work and headed by Opticos made a zoom presentation.  These meetings and related documents are available for viewing on the Planning Commission meeting page: https://www.townoffairfax.org/planning-commission-meetings/

A countywide video survey was also conducted in spring 2020 to provide ODDS information and obtain public input.

Assisting the Town’s ODDS efforts, Yarbrough Architectural Group is cataloguing the Town’s cultural and historical resources.

See the November 19, 2020 ODDS presentation to the Planning Commission.

New State Housing Laws

Accessory Dwelling Units– Local Laws

Renter Protections – Local Laws

Information and resources for housing needs and delaying payment of rents, leases or mortgages.

On March 24, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved an emergency resolution to prevent residents and business owners from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This ban is in effect countywide in every city, town, and unincorporated area of Marin County and lasts until May 31, 2020, unless extended by the Board of Supervisors.

  • Applies to residential tenants or commercial small business lease holder that has not made a timely rent payment due on or after March 24, 2020.
  • Renters and commercial lease holders must notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19.
  • A landlord may seek payment of unpaid rent after the expiration of the local emergency, but may not charge late fees.

    For More Information and sample language for renters to use to notify their landlords, see Marin County's website.

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