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* 1. Do you live in the Sun Valley 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 Sun Valley neighborhood?

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* 4. What are your biggest concerns about the Sun Valley 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 Sun Valley neighborhood:

The primary land use in the neighborhood is single-family residential. The neighborhood also has some duplexes and small apartments. Commercial land uses are limited to the neighborhood shopping center at the corner of Fifth and California, the West End Nursery, and the monument sales office near the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery at the end of Fifth Avenue. Sun Valley Park and Sun Valley School provide recreational opportunities to residents of the neighborhood.

The diverse character of neighborhood housing is significant because homes were developed with the changing architectural styles over the past century. The oldest area of the neighborhood was subdivided between 1882 and 1916, the Sun Valley subdivision was built after World War II, and the hillside homes were constructed in the 1960s and 1970s. Major topographic features such as the Sun Valley slope and the upper slopes of the Red Rock Quarry are significant parts of the neighborhood.

The 1980 Neighborhood Plan was adopted, in part, to establish development standards for eight undeveloped parcels, totaling 170 acres. The Camgros and Ducca properties are the only vacant parcels remaining in Sun Valley today for development.

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

The scale, diversity, and residential character of the neighborhood need to be maintained, including the existing affordable housing stock. Housing shall continue to be the dominant land use in the neighborhood. New commercial uses will only be allowed if they benefit the neighborhood and will not impair the dominant residential character. There is a desire for infrastructure improvements, including better storm drainage and sidewalks.

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* 8. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Sun Valley neighborhood:

Policy: New development and significant remodels should retain the existing neighborhood character, particularly in areas of smaller or historic homes.

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* 9. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Sun Valley neighborhood:

Policy: Develop the Camgros and Ducca properties at densities and a scale consistent with that of the surrounding neighborhood. Seek annexation of these properties when they are developed. Development should comply with the City’s Hillside Guidelines and should include enhancements along the riparian corridor.

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* 10. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Sun Valley neighborhood:

Policy: Upgrade walkways to sidewalks as a means of safe access to Sun Valley School and the neighborhood commercial center.


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* 11. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Sun Valley neighborhood:

Policy: Consider annexation of the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, which constitutes an important element in the visual backdrop of the neighborhood.

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* 12. Please review the General Plan Policy below, which was adopted in 2004 for the Sun Valley neighborhood:

Policy: Prohibit commercial uses in Sun Valley unless such uses would be of primary benefit to the neighborhood and would not disturb or impair its dominant residential character. Encourage retention of the existing neighborhood commercial services at Fifth and California Avenues and at West End Nursery, allowing acceptable alternative uses only if it can be clearly demonstrated that local serving uses are not economically viable.

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* 13. Please review the General Plan Program below, which was adopted in 2004 to implement the Policy in Question 12:

Program: Through the development review process, encourage improvements consistent with this policy.

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

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* 15. (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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