The first development proposal submitted to Marin County under a new state law intended to streamline certain types of housing developments to address California’s severe housing shortage and affordability crisis has been given county approval.
A new 74-unit multifamily housing complex in Marin City has received approval from the Marin County Community Development Agency.
The law, Senate Bill 35, applies to cities and counties that have not met their state-mandated Regional Housing Need Allocation targets. To facilitate the development of housing in Marin and elsewhere, state law now limits local review to compliance with adopted objective development standards and bypasses public hearings.
Except for one manager’s apartment, every unit would be designated for households that qualify as very low and extremely low income. For example, a four-person household with an annual income of up to $87,000 would be considered very low income, and a two-person household with an annual income of up to $41,800 would be considered extremely low income, according to the county.