Sausalito is moving forward with a solid list of sites for potential accommodations, even after eliminating major historic sites.
The city’s housing component advisory committee agreed to review the sites after removing some. The city prepares a report on potential housing development to meet a state mandate.
Sites removed from review include the Gene Hiller Building at 731 Bridgeway Blvd., Gabrielson Park and an adjacent municipal parking lot, Sausalito Presbyterian Church at 112 Bulkley Ave. and the Bank of America building at 750 Bridgeway Blvd.
The committee approved some of the sites, including Martin Luther King Jr. Park and a roughly 1-acre site at 300 Spencer Ave., for the next round of reviews to continue.
The panel approved the Marin Plaza office site on a vote of 5-4. It has the potential space for 98 residences, but it is close to the US Army Corps of Engineers demolition area.
Many approved sites, such as 412 Napa St. and 77 Tomales St., are single family homes. The committee approved these in the hope that the private owners would be contacted and asked if they would consider development.
The city is also considering which parts of the sites could be considered for housing, such as city-owned property that includes City Hall, the Library and Robin Sweeny Park.
“We had not expected that so many construction sites would be moved. We thought a number of sites wouldn’t be,” said city consultant Beth Thompson of De Novo Planning Group. “We’ll find something and give our best recommendation to keep moving forward.”
The sites selected at the March 28 meeting will be reviewed in more detail to verify their capacity for further development. Some will include templates based on objective design standards available on those sites, Thompson said.
The next committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 19.
“It looks like if the private owners take more time, we can take a look at the available sites,” said committee member Mary Griffin.
Thompson said, “I know it sounds like a difficult and cumbersome process, because it is. This discussion brings us to a list of sites that we can analyze better.
Some sites ruled much of the chat time. MLK Park has the potential for 90 homes, many of which are likely to be in the very low or low income bracket.
Mayor Janelle Kellman said she hoped the end result would mean “every part of the community is doing their fair share”.
Kellman said concerns about environmental impact and socioeconomic diversity could be addressed with an equitable distribution of new residences throughout the city.
Thompson had previously provided the city with a ranking of the sites and an assessment of their suitability for development. Committee members were instructed to visit certain sites and make their own assessments.
Sites were divided into groups based on their viability and income level of potential homes.
The committee meeting was his fifth. The committee plans at least two more meetings before it has a draft housing item for public review.
Thompson said the city still wants to have a “surplus of sites” under consideration because they will be “winnowed” as the process continues.
Under a state housing mandate, Sausalito must show it can license 724 new residences over the eight-year planning cycle from 2023 to 2031. They would include 200 ultra-low-income homes, 115 homes low income, 114 moderate income homes and 295 above average income residences.
The city has launched an online survey bit.ly/3K7RQR9 collect feedback from the public and potential developers regarding the sites.