Fairfax Newsletter | December 5, 2023

Town Council Meeting is Wednesday, December 6th

The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting will be tomorrow evening, Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairfax Women’s Club and on Zoom. 

The agenda for the December 6th meeting is available online. Public comments submitted in advance of the meeting can be sent to fairfaxtowncouncil@townoffairfax.org

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Upcoming Meetings

Special Open Space Committee 

Tuesday, December 5 | 7:00 p.m. 

Town Council Meeting 

Wednesday, December 6 | 6:30 p.m. 

Special Climate Action Meeting 

Thursday, December 7 | 7:00 p.m. 

Community Emergency Preparedness Committee 

Tuesday, December 12 | 7:00 p.m.

See more public meetings.

Town Council to Consider Adoption of 2023-31 Housing Element

A revised draft of the 2023-31 Housing Element is now available on the Housing Element project page. 

The Town has also completed a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which along with the Draft EIR analyzes the environmental impacts of the Housing Element project and responds to previously provided public comments. It is also available on the Housing Element project page. The Town Council is scheduled to conduct a public hearing regarding both of these documents at a Special Meeting on December 13, 2023, at 6:30 P.M. This meeting will be held at the Women’s Club, 46 Park Road, and on Zoom. 

Wall Property Update

On November 4, 2023, Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) completed a purchase agreement with the Wall Property owners for $2.3 million. The purchase agreement gives MOST until October 29, 2024, to complete the purchase. Additionally, MOST must undertake due diligence and determine a public agency that will commit to accepting the property at the close of escrow by April 22, 2024.  

Next, MOST will request an updated appraisal of the property and commission a geotechnical evaluation of the land in consultation with Marin County Open Space District and the Town of Fairfax to determine any potential hazards to surrounding properties. 

In addition to the purchase price, MOST will need to raise funds to cover campaign and transaction costs. Stay tuned for more updates! 

Ross Valley Fire Approves Third Firefighter

The Ross Valley Fire Department (RVFD), which serves Fairfax, currently operates with two-person engine companies. It has been a long-term goal of RVFD to transition to three-person engine companies. On November 1, 2023, Fairfax Town Council directed its RVFD Board representatives to support funding a third firefighter per engine.  

Upon the closure of Fire Station 18, located in Ross (scheduled for July 1, 2025), Fire Station 21 in Fairfax and Fire Station 19 in San Anselmo will have three firefighters on each engine. However, an additional RVFD budget allocation was needed to staff three firefighters on the engine at Fire Station 20, known as Sleepy Hollow. On November 27, 2023, the RVFD Board decided to increase staffing with a position start date of July 1, 2024, funded by each member agency paying their respective “Percentage Share” from the position date of hire. 

Fairfax Open Space Notecard Fundraiser 

Support a great cause with Fairfax Open Space Committee’s beautiful, wildlife-themed cards! Crafted by local artists, funds go towards preserving Open Space here in Marin. Bulk discounts available!


Contact Susan Pascal-Beran or at (415) 456-5870 for details and PDF samples. While supplies last!

The Town of Fairfax is Hiring!

Consider applying for one of the Town’s open recruitments and join our growing team!

Apply to Serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission!

We are recruiting to fill vacancies on Fairfax’s Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC). PARC is a Town Council-appointed Commission which oversees the public parks and recommends and organizes events and activities for Fairfax residents.

Some of the events PARC sponsors are the Brewfest, annual Egg Hunt in Bolinas Park, the Fairfax Festival & Parade in June, a Halloween party for children, and art shows by the Artist-in-Resident.

Learn more about this Commission and apply online!

Climate Action Committee Annual Planning

The Town’s Climate Action Committee (CAC) wants your input! The Annual Action Plan sets short term goals, drawing from initiatives in the Fairfax 2030 Climate Action Plan. The CAC will consider next year's goals at its annual retreat, a Special Meeting on January 21, 2024. Email your suggestions or comments to Sean Youra, Climate Action Coordinator

Local events

Fairfax Craft Faire - THIS WEEKEND!

Saturday, December 9 | 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fairfax Pavilion

The annual Fairfax Craft Faire and Wreathmaking event is held at the Pavilion in the heart of Fairfax on the 2nd Saturday of December each year.

A wonderful selection of crafts, music and bake sales will fill the Pavilion for this wonderful event. We have combined this event with Wreathmaking and Caroling.

Fairfax & San Anselmo Home Electrification Event 

Thursday, December 13 | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

TBD- border of San Anselmo + Fairfax 

Join the team from ReadySetReplace and Carbon Free on Thursday, December 14th to learn about rebates and incentives that dramatically reduce the cost of replacing your gas appliances with electric ones like a heat pump space heater. During the event, experts will be able to answer questions and educate homeowners about the appliances, benefits, rebates, and process of working with contractors.  

Learn more about this event and RSVP online!

3rd Annual Chanukah Festival

Thursday, December 14 | 4:30 p.m. 

Bolinas Park 

Bring the entire family to enjoy live music by the one and only Saul Kaye, fresh latkes, soup and hot drinks, children's crafts, a Chanukah themed 'photo booth, a collaborative art mural (new for this year!), and the lighting of the grand nine-foot Menorah after sunset!


The event opens at 4:30 PM, Menorah lighting is at 6pm. 

FREE Admission | At Bolinas Park | RSVP's are appreciated

Fairfax Winter Market: A Magical Holiday Experience

Friday, December 15 | 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Downtown Fairfax 


Join the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce for their Fairfax Winter Market - A Magical Holiday Experience

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with special discounts and unique gift options from local businesses at the Fairfax Winter Market! Support your community by shopping local to find that perfect gift for your loved ones. 

This is a family-friendly event that will capture the essence of the holiday season! 

NOTICE: Road Closure 

Bolinas Road between Broadway and Elsie Lane will be closed to vehicles during this event. 

Join a Climate Action Workshop

Starts January 1, 2024 


Ready to take effective, measurable climate action and help build disaster-resilient communities? Join a Climate Action Team by signing up to participate in the free workshop series starting in January.  

The program offers a Wednesday and Thursday evening workshop—learn more and sign up online! 

From Our Partners

Age Friendly Fairfax

Read the Age Friendly December newsletter to learn about new and upcoming age-friendly classes and events.

If you're looking to get connected with or have questions about the Age Friendly community, contact our representative for the Commission on Aging, Kristin Amlie at aginginfairfax@sonic.net.

Age Friendly discounts offered in Town

Several shops in Fairfax offer discounts to our Age Friendly community. View the list to see where you can shop and save!

Fire Safe Marin Year End Report

Fire Safe Marin presented their end of year report to the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority Board of Directors at their November meeting. A copy of the report is available online.  

Eyes Up, Marin!

Watch out for pedestrians and watch your speed. A pedestrian hit by a car traveling at 20 mph has a 90% chance of surviving. But the chance of surviving is only 50% if hit by a car traveling 30 mph. Increased speed of just 10 miles per hour can make a difference between life and death. Eyes up and slow down! 

Street Smarts is a traffic safety program that educates drivers, pedestrians and cyclists about safety issues, including distracted driving.  

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