Take Action: Threat to Novato Urban Growth Boundary

Less than a year since the voters of Novato overwhelmingly approved the renewal of the Novato urban growth boundary (UGB) for another 20 years, it is under threat.

The City of Novato is under legal pressure to allow an exception to the UGB for a large luxury home to be built on a long-vacant lot on a narrow road in rural Black Point that is beyond city limits, city services, and the urban growth boundary. See the recent news articles in the Pacific Sun and the Marin Independent Journal.

Greenbelt Alliance is alarmed that this exemption to the UGB would blur the line between the City of Novato and the Black Point Community. It could open the door to more big homes in the rural community next to oaks and wetlands. Given that the UGB boundary was approved by voters by 73%, a significant change like this should at least go to the voters again.

The Novato Planning Commission voted on Sept. 17 to continue the decision on the UGB exemption for the new luxury home until Oct. 15 in order to provide more time for the public and interested parties to ask questions and get responses from staff for the commissioners.

So please speak up and let them know that you support the City’s defense of the UGB, even in court if needed. Send an email to the Novato Planning Commission today to tell them you are against violating the city UGB and attend the public hearing at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at Novato City Hall.

Get and share updates on the Novato UGB by following this Facebook page. And learn more about the threat to the UGB in this City document.

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