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* 1. Do you live (or own a business) in the Canal Neighborhood/ Southeast San Rafael? 

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* 2. Are you submitting this survey on behalf of a neighborhood association or organized group?

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* 3. What do you like most about the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood?

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* 4. What are your biggest concerns about the Canal/ SE San Rafael neigjborhood?

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* 5. As you visualize the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood in 20 years, what major changes or improvements would you like to see?

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* 6. Please review the text below, which was drafted in 2001-2003 by the City of San Rafael to describe the Canal/ SE San Rafael neigjborhood:

The Canal Neighborhood encompasses the residential and nonresidential areas south of the San Rafael Canal and east of Highway 101. The residential portion, including the Canal, Spinnaker and Bay Point houses more people than any other part of San Rafael. It is comprised of many large apartment buildings, condominium complexes, townhomes and duplexes, as well as single-family homes along the Canalfront.

The nonresidential areas include an older industrial area north of Bellam Blvd. and west of Belvedere Street, a newer light industrial/office area south of Bellam Blvd., and a light industrial/office and industrial area between I-580 and Highway 101. Businesses within the neighborhood include industrial, commercial, car dealerships, and office. The neighborhood has a major impact on the local economy comprising 15 percent of the City’s jobs.

The neighborhood also has outstanding natural features including the San Rafael Canal, a two-mile long Bay Shoreline Parkband featuring the Bay Trail, regionally important wetlands, and the San Quentin Ridge hillside. Parks and schools include Pickleweed Park and Bahia Vista Elementary School.


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* 7. Please review the “Vision for 2020,” which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ Southeast San Rafael neighborhood

There will not be much more development in the area. Marin Square is the Southern Gateway to San Rafael. Potential land uses include a hotel (Gary Place site), and mixed-use (neighborhood and region serving), with retail on the ground level and residential above or behind the street frontage. The Medway/Vivian Way area is the heart of the Canal neighborhood, and should be redeveloped with neighborhood serving mixed-uses. Gathering places with pedestrian connections through the Medway-Vivian block should also be encouraged. The corridor from Francisco Boulevard East along Medway Road to Canal Street is the major entryway into the Canal neighborhood, a true gateway for residents, business owners, students, and shoppers. Sidewalks will be widened, lighting and landscaping installed and amenities such as benches and signage will be added. All of this will make the corridor more inviting and safer by striking a balance between pedestrians and bicyclists and the numerous cars, buses and trucks that drive through the corridor every day. General commercial should be allowed along Francisco Boulevard East, with neighborhood retail and services uses such as a health center, police station, and childcare.

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* 8. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Develop well-designed new residential areas at medium to high densities in the neighborhood. Provide residential development opportunities close to jobs, and support and enhance the existing residential neighborhood. 

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* 9. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Prevent the encroachment of new residential development into the Light Industrial/Office District to minimize conflicts. Businesses locating adjacent to residential areas shall be designed to minimize nuisance impacts. 

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* 10. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Prepare a new Canal Neighborhood Plan. Building on the results of Canal Voice, create a vision for the neighborhood that addresses the need for better access, more shopping and services, and improved housing.

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* 11. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael Neighborhood:

Policy: Support and encourage the upgrading of existing business areas, consistent with infrastructure needs. Encourage redevelopment and upgrading of existing sites. 

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* 12. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy:  Encourage and give priority to new business development that benefits the neighborhood through provision of needed services, low traffic impacts, or employment of a high percentage of neighborhood residents. Encourage opportunities for local residents to own and operate businesses.

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* 13. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Maintain availability of sites for building, automotive and related service industries important to San Rafael’s economy and needed for the convenience of its residents and businesses. 

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* 14. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Encourage the following in the Medway/Vivian Way area:
(a) Neighborhood serving-uses, such as a health center, neighborhood retail and services, and childcare;
(b) Community gathering places; and
(c) Pedestrian connections through the Medway/Vivian block. 

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* 15. Please review the General Plan Program below, which was adopted in 2004 to implement the policy in Question 14:

Program:  Maintain NC District zoning to encourage neighborhood-serving commercial uses and housing in the area. 

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* 16. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy:  Recognize the high resource value of the site's wetlands that provide habitat to many species, which may include rare and endangered species. In addition, recognize that this site is in an area affected by traffic congestion. With any development of this property, buffer site wetlands from buildings and parking lots, and obtain trail easements and improvements for the Jean and John Starkweather Shoreline Park. Development shall be located along the western edge of the site and to the greatest extent feasible in areas outside of delineated wetlands or areas determined as critical upland habitat for endangered species. 

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* 17. Please review the General Plan Program below, which was adopted in 2004 to implement the policy in Question 16:

Program: Require a wetlands delineation and wetland habitat analysis to assist in identifying appropriate area for development (on the Canalways site). 

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* 18. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy:  Allow medium density residential use on the privately owned 2.5-acre parcel with development clustered at the south end to retain views of the park site from Windward Way (APN 009-330-01). Avoid conflicts with overhead wires. 

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* 19. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy:  Use the City lot at the southwest corner of Bellam and Windward Way, or proceeds from development of the site, to provide needed neighborhood services. 

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* 20. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy:  Encourage joint planning for the Marin Square/Gary Place area, including improved access to Gary Place. With any future redevelopment of the Marin Square shopping center and Gary Place, emphasize the following land uses: mixed-use (retail on the ground level and residential above), and possibly a hotel. 

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* 21. Please review the Program below, which was adopted in 2004 to implement the Policy in Question 20:

Program: As part of a development application, consider land use changes to Gary Place to allow redevelopment of the site.

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* 22. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Allow light industrial/office, specialty retail, and region-serving specialty retail uses (on the Cal-Pox site east of Home Depot). Traffic congestion in the area, prior to needed roadway improvements, may limit development on the site to low traffic-generating uses. Hotel use may be considered for the site provided that environmental analysis demonstrates that potentially hazardous soils conditions are in compliance with State and Federal laws and that geo-seismic conditions and commercial use conflicts have been mitigated.

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* 23. Please review the General Plan Program below, which was adopted in 2004 to implement the policy in Question 22:

Program: As part of a development application, consider land use changes to Cal-Pox Site to allow for redevelopment.

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* 24. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ East San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy:  Should the (Marin Rod and Gun) Club discontinue use of the site for recreational activities, allow high density residential or hotel use and provide for public access. 

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* 25. Please review the General Plan Program below, which was adopted in 2004 to implement the Policy in Question 24.

Program: As part of a development application, consider land use changes to the Marin Rod and Gun Club to allow for redevelopment. 

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* 26. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Encourage the creation of a public plaza to serve the Canal community. 

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* 27. Please review the General Plan Program below, which was adopted to implement the Policy in Question 26:

Program: Through development review process, encourage a public plaza area. If funding becomes available, identify a location and purchase land for a plaza. 

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* 28. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Increase recreation opportunities and facilities to serve neighborhood residents and employees. Complete planned Pickleweed Park and Starkweather Shoreline Park improvements, enhance Beach Park, and plan and implement park improvements at the Bellam/Windward Way site.

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* 29. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Meet the need for affordable meeting/activity space, during prime times for the community for resident serving programs and activities such as English as a Second Language classes and other programs and activities, with priority given to neighborhood residents.

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* 30. Please review the General Plan Program below, which was adopted to implement the Policy in Question 29:

Program: Continue to encourage neighborhood use of Pickleweed Community Center.

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* 31. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Support efforts of the School District to provide adequate space for increasing student enrollments. Encourage continued City/School dialogue on such issues.

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* 32. Please review the Program below, which was adopted to implement the Policy in Question 31:

Program: Continue to support School District efforts to provide to expand or replace the existing Bahia Vista School in the Canal neighborhoods.

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* 33. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Support expanded library services in the Canal Neighborhood. 

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* 34. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Provide more affordable, quality, childcare facilities that support the community.

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* 35. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Provide more programming at Pickleweed, such as College of Marin bilingual classes, library services, Kids' Club, pre-school and after-school programs. 

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* 36. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Require riprap on the outside face of levees facing the Bay. After large storms, inspect existing riprap on levee faces. Repair and replace as necessary to provide adequate wave erosion protection. 

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* 37. Please review the Program below, which was adopted to implement the Policy in Question 36:

Program: When the levees are improved, require riprap of the type and size approved by the Public Works Department on the outside face of the levee. 

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* 38. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Preserve San Quentin Ridge as open space through the development process due to its visual significance, importance as a community separator, slope stability problems and wildlife/endangered species habitat value. The exact delineation of "conservation" and "development" portions of the site on the land use map is schematic, with development to be limited to the lower, less steep portion of the site. Provide a public access trail. 

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* 39. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Provide public access to open space areas when projects are approved, including access to and along the shoreline, portions of the Canalfront, and San Quentin Ridge. Minimize public access conflicts with sensitive habitat areas and with nearby development, including parking conflicts.

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* 40. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Support efforts to provide places where neighbors can meet each other, such as at Pickleweed Park, the Community Center, or a public plaza.

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* 41. Please review the Program below, which was adopted to implement the Policy in Question 40:

Program: Through the development review process, encourage the provision of neighborhood gathering places. 

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* 42. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy:  Improve neighborhood entry roads and landscaping, and retain views

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* 43. Please review the Program below, which was adopted to implement the Policy in Question 42:

Program: Complete the design phase and construction of streetscape improvements of the Medway/Canal project funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. 

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* 44. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood:

Policy: Pursue improvement of the I-580/101/Bellam Blvd. interchange. 

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* 45. Please review the Program below, which was adopted to implement the Policy in Question 44:

Program: Work with Caltrans on an effective and attractive design for the Highway 101 and I-580 interchange. 

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* 46. Please use the space below to list any new long-range planning policies or action programs you would like to see considered for the Canal/ SE San Rafael neighborhood.

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