Sausalito considers housing sites for environmental review

Sausalito has put forward a list of potential housing sites for environmental review.

The board made its selections at a meeting on June 14. The focus was on sites around City Hall, Marinship and Martin Luther King Park.

Most of the proposed sites in these areas will move forward as the city continues to develop its updated housing element. The council voted 3-2 to retain a site with up to 106 units at 2320 Marinship Way, along with three other smaller sites at Marinship with up to 87 units. A counter motion to remove 2320 Marinship Way from potential review failed by a 3-2 vote.

Mayor Janelle Kellman and Council Member Jill Hoffman cast the dissenting votes.

Kellman said in a phone interview that she didn’t think the sites were suitable locations for housing, noting that one was adjacent to the historic shipyard.

“I have a problem with sites that are on or near or next to current historic former shipyards,” Hoffman said during the meeting.

The city also said it would seek to limit housing in the area around City Hall at 420 Litho Street and hoped the area would be subject to further analysis. The city also said it hopes to keep parts of MLK Park related to schools and some public uses, though areas of the park are still under consideration.

Much of the city’s debate at the meeting was about making sure there was a buffer of housing sites to go beyond a state mandate to show they could develop 724 new units over the next eight years.

The city backed down from the mandate, noting that in the previous eight-year cycle it had to show it could develop 79 units. The city’s appeal for the warrant was denied by the state.

Municipal consultant Beth Thompson of planning group DeNovo said approving sites for environmental review would provide a framework for the city’s stated intent of a more detailed “master plan” to direct further development in Sausalito. beyond the eight-year housing cycle.

“I think what the city wants is a longer-term plan for housing,” Thompson said. “Until we get feedback on the sites, we could come up with 500 different plans. There are so many sites that have capacity.

The approved housing sites were based on a recommendation from the city’s housing component advisory committee. Sites will be screened before being included in a housing element project, which will then be sent to the State.

The city reviewed potential housing sites in the following neighborhoods: Old Town/Hurricane Gulch, The Hill, New Town, Monte Mar Vista/Toyon Terraces, Spring Street Valley, Marinship, Nevada Street Valley and Wolfback Ridge.

Further improvements to the housing sites are expected in the coming months. The city currently has a comprehensive list of approximately 80 sites where potential housing can be developed.

“Right now, I’m leaning towards maintaining the sites to get the EIR (environmental impact report),” Hoffman said.

Kellman and council member Susan Cleveland-Knowles have previously been tapped to act as liaisons with development strategists to keep the city on track with its housing plan.

The housing plan must be adopted by the council and submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development by January 31.