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

Posted on February 9, 2024

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...
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Town Releases Revised Draft Housing Element and Final Environmental Impact Report

Posted on December 1, 2023

A revised draft of the 2023-31 Housing Element is now available on the Housing Element project page. The Town has also completed a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which along with the Draft EIR analyze the environmental impacts of the Housing Element project and responds to previously provide public comments. It is also available on...

Progress on Housing Element Update

Posted on November 7, 2023

The Town of Fairfax will complete an update to the Housing Element later this year. This will update Fairfax's housing plan for the period of 2023-2031. The plan includes programs: to ensure that parcels are available to build new housing; to clarify how housing may be permitted; to protect the existing housing supply. A draft...

Town establishes schedule to finalize Housing Element project

Posted on October 11, 2023

The Town anticipates several public meetings and hearings over the new few months to adopt the Housing Element and achieve certification from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by the end of January. Check out the proposed milestone schedule, and keep in mind, the schedule is subject to change due to the...

Town releases Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Housing Element

Posted on September 26, 2023

This Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) evaluates the potential impacts of the proposed Fairfax Housing Element Update. The Housing Element is both a policy document and an implementation tool for implementing the Town’s General Plan. An EIR is intended to inform decision-makers and the general public about the potential significant environmental impacts of the Housing...

Fairfax submits Draft 2023-31 Housing Element for HCD review

Posted on May 15, 2023

On Friday, May 12, 2023, the Town of Fairfax sent its draft 6th Cycle Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The draft included and addressed comments received from the public and the Town Council. The draft is also posted to the Town’s website with redlines showing how changes from...

Draft Housing Element presentation highlights public comments and next steps

Posted on May 10, 2023

At the May 3 Regular Town Council meeting, the Dyett & Bhatia Project Manager, Andrew Hill, presented a summary of public comments on the Public Review Draft Sixth Cycle Housing Element. The presentation also included: Recap of the Housing Element process Legal requirements associated with the Housing Element process Potential sites and strategies The Town...

Special Town Council “Scoping Meeting” on the Housing Element Public Review Draft and Notice of Preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Report 

Posted on April 24, 2023

A Special Council Meeting was held on April 19, 2023 to conduct a Scoping Meeting on the Notice  of Preparation (NOP) and to elicit additional public comments on the Housing Element Draft for Public Review.  See the PowerPoint Presentation here. The 30-day period to receive public comments began on April 3, 2023 for the NOP. Email...
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Housing Element Draft ready for Public Review

Posted on March 31, 2023

On March 31, 2023, the Town released a Public Review Draft Sixth Cycle Housing Element for the legally-required 30-day local review period. A Revised Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Fairfax General Plan Housing Element Update was released on April 3, 2023. A Special Council Meeting is scheduled for...

Draft Housing Element – March 2023 Status Update

Posted on March 7, 2023

To date, background reports on housing needs, constraints, and fair housing have been drafted and programs to address the key findings developed, as required per State law and guidance from HCD. The backbone of the Housing Element is the sites inventory and an important focus of the work has been on ground-truthing the sites and...

Dyett and Bahtia present Housing Element Project progress

Posted on November 20, 2022

At the November 16, 2022, Special Town Council meeting, the Dyett & Bhatia Project Manager, Andrew Hill, presented an update on this project. The presentation describes: Work done to date on this project Dyett & Bhatia's approach to completing this work A general timeline for completing this project. View the presentation slides.

Housing Element Environmental Impact Report Notice of Preparation – Public Comments due by 5:00 pm September 26

Posted on September 23, 2022

The Town of Fairfax is well underway with the preparation of its State-mandated update to its General Plan Housing Element. An update to a General Plan requires an environmental review of the potential effects of the amendment on the existing physical condition (e.g., land, air, water, traffic, noise, etc.) within the area of potential impact....

Housing Element community workshop summary report

Posted on September 15, 2022

The Town of Fairfax held a Community Workshop on September 10, 2022 to engage with the community and better understand how to respond to those wanting to live in Fairfax and to the housing needs of tenants, especially those at risk of displacement. Read the report Workshop summary report Watch videos from the workshop Panel...

Watch the recording of the Community Workshop regarding the Housing Element

Posted on November 24, 2021

Staff and EMC Planning Group was happy to host a virtual workshop with 40 local community members last Saturday. Attendees learned about the sites inventory list and were able to play with the Plan Fairfax Housing tool as a group, as well as offer their questions and discuss issues. Watch the video from that workshop...

Countywide Fair Housing Initiatives and Restrictive Covenant Presentation

Posted on October 25, 2021

At the October 20th Town Council meeting the Council received a report from the County on restrictive covenants and their history in Marin County. To watch the presentation and to learn more about how you can check your deed and participate in the process of revisions click here.

Work continues on the Fairfax Housing Element Update

Posted on August 16, 2021

The Affordable Housing Committee will meet this Wednesday, September 8th, from 3:30-5:30pm. Topics such as the “Missing Middle” housing approach and ensuring compliance with AB 686 (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) will be discussed. The Committee will also look at preliminary site analysis materials including a map showing potential areas that could allow for additional housing...

Town of Fairfax Files Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Appeal

Posted on July 15, 2021

The Town of Fairfax has filed the RHNA Appeal with Association of  Bay Area Governments (ABAG). Click here to read the appeal. 

We Invite you to Participate in the Housing Element Process

Posted on July 6, 2021

The Planning Commission will be exploring Housing Site options at a special meeting on August 12, 2021.  Please go to the Planning Public Meetings webpage and fairfaxspeaks.com for more information the week prior to the meeting. The Town of Fairfax and EMC Planning Group, our Housing Element firm, welcome you to participate in in a...

Read a letter from the Planning Commission Regarding the Housing Element for the 2023-2031 Planning Period

Posted on February 5, 2021

Click here for a letter from Fairfax Planning Commission Chair Rodriguez and Vice Chair Newton regarding the process to update the Housing Element for the 2023-2031 planning period.
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