Marin, and all other Bay Area jurisdictions, will be receiving their finalized regional housing allocations soon. The future population projections are far higher than the California Department of Finance projections used for all other planning in the state.
Many critiques have been filed with the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission. It appears that they will be ignored and overblown housing needs will be cast in stone for jurisdictions and required by law. It seems that the local jurisdiction had no input and their general plans were ignored. There was no consideration of the additional cost of schools, public safety, water and other costs of new housing. The burden will fall on current homeowners.
I think that Silicon Valley nonprofits pushing hard for new housing for their workers are a key force in the very high housing allocations. Now, it seems that the high tech companies that fund the nonprofits are moving to Texas and other tax-friendly states. With these jobs leaving, California is about to be locked into too much housing.
Planning has to be in “real time,” not “five-year planning” that locks into flawed paradigms. The current atmosphere is too volatile. We have to stop this forced plan, which is unable to adjust to the changing conditions.