Fairfax Update
News From Around Town...
September 13, 2022
TONIGHT: Housing Element Scoping meeting
Tuesday, September 13th, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

At this scoping meeting, staff will provide an overview of the Housing Element project, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process and related environmental review, and will receive comments from interested citizens regarding what issues should be considered in the EIR. 
Landscape equipment rebate program

Earlier this year, the Town passed an ordinance to ban gasoline powered landscape equipment. To help Fairfax residents make the transition to electric powered equipment, we've partnered with Fairfax Lumber & Hardware to offer a trade-in rebate program.
Climate Action update

The County of Marin, in collaboration with local jurisdictions and Marin Clean Energy (MCE), have developed a green building model code that exceeds State minimum standards, otherwise known as a “reach code”.

The County is currently taking public feedback on the model reach code via a 10-minute short survey, which will close September 25th. If adopted Fall of 2022, local building codes will go into effect January 1, 2023.

We want to hear your feedback about the key components of the proposed model codes that may be considered by the Fairfax Town Council for adoption. The Fairfax Climate Action Committee will also be discussing the model reach code at its next meeting on September 20th during which public feedback is welcome.
16th Annual Town-wide Picnic
Sunday, September 18th
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Ballfield

The Fairfax Volunteers are holding the 16th Annual Town-wide picnic! This year we are partnering with the Spahr Center, a non-profit serving the LGBTQ+ community in Marin County. They will be providing COVID vaccines on site (administered by the County of Marin’s Department of Health & Human Services), as well as educational information and entertainment. The Spahr Center will host a drag show performance. There will also be a fashion show organized by Ed & Jerry’s Clothing Shop. 

There will be live music by the Alessia Potovsky Band, old fashioned games, kid’s activities such as face painting and arts & crafts, Casablanca and Infusion food trucks, beer and non-alcoholic beverages for sale, and much more!  

Thank you to our sponsors: First Federal Savings, Ed & Jerry’s Clothing Shop, House to Home, Fairfax Lumber, Revolution 9, Fairfax Scoop, Marin Sanitary, Tam Commons, Three Home Village Assisted Living, and the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

To volunteer for this spectacular event, please email mbaird@townoffairfax.org
Election News and Resources
General Election Community Workshop
September 29th, 6 p.m.

Marin County Elections is going to hold a General Election Community Workshop for the public to learn about how voting works in Marin County and to get important information about the upcoming November election. The workshop will be on Zoom and recorded. It will also be captioned and Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Vietnamese, ASL and CDI interpreters will be available.
Upcoming Meetings
Housing Element Scoping Meeting
September 13th - 7:00 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
September 12th - 7:00 p.m.

Climate Action Committee Meeting
September 20th - 7:00 p.m.

Town Council Meeting
September 21st - 6:30 p.m.

To view the agendas, visit our Public Meetings page.

Community Events
Driveway Evacuation Drill
Saturday, October 1st, between 9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Your driveway or parking structure

Residents of Fairfax and San Anselmo are invited to participate in the 2022 “Driveway Evacuation Drill”.

Sign up with AlertMarin to receive instructions on the morning of October 1st between 9:15 - 9:30 a.m. When you receive the alert, practice evacuating your home by loading your Go Bags, family, and pets into your car. Do not leave your driveway or parking structure.

Do you not have access to the internet? Call (415) 473-5484 to register for AlertMarin.
Fairfax Farmers Market
Wednesdays 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Bolinas Park

Join family and friends to shop local and celebrate community, every Wednesday from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. through October.
Fairfax Recreation
Fairfax Recreation Fall classes and events are here!

Middle and High School Dodgeball Night
Friday, September 23rd

Stocking the Creative Coals Art Workshop with Sharon Virtue
Sunday, September 25th 

This art workshop is a free, special offering - we hope to see you there!
Toddler Music with Dani Levy 
Ages 0-6 years
Thursdays August 18th - September 22nd
10:00-10:30 a.m.
Women's Club outside patio

Music with Dani is a fun and interactive music and movement time for young children and their grownups.  Dani’s music session will have the children singing, dancing, rhyming, using their imaginations and having fun while creating music together!
Other Town and County News
Get your sidewalk repair permit work waived!

The Town’s Sidewalk Repair Program “waives” the encroachment permit fee for sidewalk repair. The Town will also provide up to a maximum of $1000 as a 50% matching grant for the construction work. For example, if the work costs $800, the Town will reimburse applicants $400.

Upon approval of your application, funding will be reserved for your project. Be sure to apply for the program before you start repairs, the Town will NOT reimburse applicants for any expenses incurred for past sidewalk repair work or prior to the approval of their application.

*The matching grant is subject to the availability of funds.

Opportunities for ADU/JADU Permitting and Construction

In January of this year, the Town Council updated the ADU/JADU ordinance and extended the amnesty program another 10 years (expires January 1, 2032). As part of the program all penalties are waived and ALL ADUs/JADUs (legalizing illegal ones or permitting new ones) get 50% permit fees charged.  The streamlined permitting process along with the California laws that have been passed in recent years, it's easier than ever to add an ADU or JADU to your property.

You can review the Urgency Ordinance on the Recent Ordinances page and then contact the Building and Planning Department for more information about the permitting process.
Chipper Days

For many years Fire Safe Marin has sponsored “chipper days” that allow residents to dispose of flammable vegetation free of charge.

To participate in the program, you MUST book a reservation no later than the Friday preceding the week of your neighborhood’s scheduled service.

Piles are required to be ready at the curb by 8:00 AM Monday and will be picked up by Friday of the same week.

Don't miss this opportunity - register today!
Want to Get Involved? Join a Board or Commission!

Do you want to make a real difference in 2022? Consider joining a board or commission for the Town of Fairfax. There are openings on several boards and commissions, find out what they are and consider joining!

Fire Safe Marin Reminds You to Sign Up for Alerts!

Everyone in Marin should be signed up for AlertMarin. By signing up you will receive information specific to your address. This includes events like: 

  • Imminent flooding
  • Wildfires
  • Evacuations with life safety implications. 

Signing up could save your life! 

Marin Clean Energy Portable Battery Giveaway

Marin Clean Energy (MCE) has launched their second portable battery giveaway to support backup power for medically vulnerable residents in the event of an outage. The batteries can supply up to 3 days of clean, reliable power and will be provided at no-cost to income-qualifying customers who rely on electric medical devices. 
New Options for Supporting Mental Health in Marin

In 2020, Congress approved a new free 24/7 crisis phone number for behavioral health crisis needs nationwide. Beginning July 16, 2022 instead of dialing 911, emergency calls can be placed to 988 for urgent help in a time of mental health, substance use crisis, or even witnessing another person experiencing a behavioral health challenge.

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