Last week, the Marin IJ published an article on the approval of “form-based code” zoning by the Novato Planning Commission for the entire Northwest Quadrant of the Novato. In that article, commission chairwoman Susan Wernick said the zoning plan offers a good design.
According to the IJ story, while Wernick voiced concern about possible overdevelopment in the neighborhood and a lack of parking, she said residents may have to address those apart from the zoning code.
This assessment of course is absurd. The role of zoning is to decide land use, prevent overdevelopment and assure there is enough parking; not leave the issue of overdevelopment and parking to be solved by residents later.
Ms. Wernick is stating an obvious impact of form-based code. Why would she approve this new zoning code knowing of this threat?
The form-based code zoning the Planning Commission approved will allow Novato’s Northwest Quadrant to become a new San Rafael Canal area in Novato, with inadequate parking subsequently flooding parking overflow to the adjacent neighborhoods.
— Al Dugan, Novato