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* 1. Do you live in the Loch Lomond neighborhood?

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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 Loch Lomond neighborhood?

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* 4. What are your biggest concerns about the Loch Lomond neighborhood?

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* 5. As you visualize the 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 Loch Lomond neighborhood:

The Loch Lomond neighborhood is primarily developed with single-family homes on hillside lots or lots along the Bay. The hills above the neighborhood provide hiking trails and access to Harry A. Barbier Memorial Park.

The neighborhood is home to the Loch Lomond Marina and Shopping Center. This extraordinary site includes neighborhood-serving shops and a market, but is primarily a 550-slip marina. The long breakwater offers unique pedestrian access along the bay front and striking views of the San Francisco and San Rafael bays, San Rafael-Richmond Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais, and the Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge – artists are drawn to the site to capture the Bay vista. To the east and west of the site are wetlands that support all manner of wildlife. The marina includes boat slips, a yacht club, a public boat launching facility, boat storage, and a restaurant.

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* 7. Please review the “Vision for 2020,” which was adopted in 2004 for the Loch Lomond neighborhood:

The Loch Lomond Shopping Center and Marina may be redeveloped to feature neighborhood-serving and marine-related retail and service uses including a market, neighborhood serving offices, residential units, and a restaurant. The marina should continue to feature boat slips, a yacht club and a public boat launching facility. Redevelopment of the site will protect the existing marsh and wetland areas and will be designed to be compatible with the surrounding residential uses.

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* 8. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Loch Lomond neighborhood (note: this is part one of two-part policy):

Policy:  Retain the Loch Lomond Marina uses, and enhance recreational use of the marina waterfront. Preserve and improve access to the marina and the water’s edge as a welcoming place for the public to enjoy the boating activities and the waterfront. As the focal point of the site, the marina shall continue to be a distinct, accessible area. If the property owner proposes to redevelop the site, create a beautiful waterfront development that maximizes the site’s location facing San Francisco Bay, consistent with the following guidelines and requirements:

 A.       Land Use. Encourage a mixed-use development that includes all of the following land uses:
(1) Marina and marina-support facilities, with boat berths, a public boat launch, day use boat trailer parking, a yacht club, boat retail and services, amenities for boaters, restaurant and shops, and parking. Sufficient dry boat storage to meet the needs of local residents should be retained.
(2) Waterfront-oriented recreation along the marina, spits and breakwater. Recreational activities include picnicking, kite flying, walking, biking, fishing, bird watching, and enjoying the views. For example, bird-watching and fishing opportunities should be enhanced. Access for fishing should be provided in a way that extends a welcome to visitors.
(3) Neighborhood-serving commercial uses that meet the needs of residents and visitors in the area should be included for their convenience and for trip reduction.
(4) Residential, with a mix of housing types, that meets design and housing objectives. To increase the affordability of market-rate units, a majority of the dwelling units on the property shall be attached housing and/or small single-family homes. The different types of housing should be integrated into one neighborhood, and should be designed to be compatible with the marina and recreational uses. Because of the limited area for marine uses on the site, residential use is not allowed in the Marine Related District. In order to accommodate the optimal site plan for the marina and housing, the land use district boundaries on the site shall be considered approximate and may be adjusted through the master plan for the Planned District zoning. 


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* 9. The policy in Question 8 continues..... please review part two (which addresses Site Design at the Loch Lomond Marina) below: 

B.    Site Design. Achieve an extraordinary design in an innovative development that enhances the neighborhood, San Rafael, and the bayfront. New development should draw inspiration from the marina and waterfront, provide a community gathering place with neighborhood shopping and recreational opportunities, and include attractive housing, consistent with the following guidelines:

 (1) Views of the marina and waterfront should draw people into the site and retain their value to the surrounding community.
         * The view to the waterfront down the entryway into the site at the Lochinvar intersection is the major public view corridor. To enhance this corridor and to achieve an open, welcoming and inviting entrance to the marina, this corridor may include street right-of-way, open space and parking. Buildings adjacent to the view corridor should be lower scale, or incorporate larger setbacks or stepbacks of upper floors.
         *  The frontage along Pt. San Pedro Road should be warm and welcoming, encouraging access through the site’s principal entryway.
          *  Buildings should be carefully sited and designed to enhance or minimize impacts to views of the Bay, the Marin Islands, wetlands and the marina.
(2)  Improved pedestrian and bicycle access through the site to the marina and breakwater should be part of the site’s design.
(3)  A recreational area along the waterfront should be included to differentiate the marina functions from the new neighborhoods. This public area shall serve as a community-gathering place, and provide activities accessible to children and adults both in the immediate neighborhood and in the surrounding area. A play area with playground equipment suitable for preschool and elementary school ages, with a water play feature, is recommended, and an active recreational area such as a sports court (i.e., bocce ball or volleyball) is desired.
(4) The streets and alleyways should be designed for slow driving speeds, and there should be an enhanced transit stop on Pt. San Pedro Road 

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* 10. Please review the General Plan programs below, which were adopted in 2004 to implement the Policy in Questions 8/9:

Program A:
a.       Require early conceptual design review by the Design Review Board and the Planning Commission. Encourage applicants to present alternative proposals for conceptual review in that design review.
b.       Prior to submitting a proposal, the property owner must confer with Federal, State and local agencies (such as Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Association of Bay Area Government’s Bay Trails Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife) with responsibility for the Bay.
c.       The neighborhood residents and homeowner associations shall be informed and consulted on major design issues throughout the process.
d.       Require a mixed-use parking analysis to establish adequate parking requirements; require photomontage analyses as part of the evaluation of view impacts; and, require a wetlands delineation.
e.       Carry out the Village at Loch Lomond mixed-use development project approved in 2007, which was designed to address the recommendations of this program.

Program B:  Continue to maintain publicly-accessible parks, shoreline areas and marina green through resources provided by development within the established Mello-Roos (assessment) district.

Program C:  Facilitate the implementation of approved projects that include permanent open space areas and provide viewing areas and signage for bird-watching.

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* 11. Please use the space below to list any new long-range planning policies or action programs you would like to see considered for the Loch Lomond neighborhood

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* 12. (Optional) Please provide your name and contact information below, in the event we need to contact you to discuss your responses:

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