An advocate of local control over long-term housing planning will speak Wednesday at a public meeting hosted by the San Marin Compatible Housing Coalition.
The topic will be Novato's housing element, a critical part of the city's general plan, which has to be updated every seven years by law. The housing element contains locations of properties around the city that could be rezoned for future housing developments, including such high-density complexes that we be made available to low-income residents.
Guest speaker Bob Silvestri is a founding member of the Friends of Mill Valley and an advocate of local control over housing planning. He has vast experience in affordable housing and is critical of the state and regional mandates for housing allotments. Silvestri, who writes a popular Local Voices blog on local Patch sites, is the author of “The Best Laid Plans: Our Planning and Affordable Housing Challenges in Marin.”
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, across San Marin Drive from San Marin High School.
For details about the city's housing element, see this page on the city's website.