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* 1. Do you live in the Lincoln Av/ San Rafael Hill 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 Lincoln Ave/ San Rafael Hill neighborhood?

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* 4. What are your biggest concerns about the Lincoln Ave/ San Rafael Hill 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 Lincoln Ave/ San Rafael Hill neighborhood:

Lincoln Avenue, a transportation artery for San Rafael, bisects the neighborhood. The street connects north and central San Rafael via Los Ranchitos Road over Puerto Suello Hill. The mixed-use neighborhood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Rafael, consists of single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, offices, hotels, social services, and a neighborhood delicatessen. These uses serve a diverse population. Many offices along Lincoln Avenue are converted single-family homes from the 1980s. Buildings in the Lincoln Neighborhood have a variety of architectural styles. Boyd Park provides recreational opportunities for the residents. Planning issues in the neighborhood are traffic congestion, traffic speed and safety, parking on hillside streets, and limited parking along Lincoln Avenue.

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

The future vision of the Lincoln-San Rafael Hill neighborhood is a balanced approach to addressing the area’s unique issues. The neighborhood is zoned as a mixed-use area of single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, offices, rehabilitation facilities and businesses. The area has a variety of architectural styles and history with a relatively dense and diverse population. Perspectives reflecting the future of this Neighborhood have to include the hillside areas of San Rafael Hill with those along Lincoln Ave. This neighborhood may also experience limited infill development along Lincoln Avenue with the redevelopment of single-family home lots, a nursery and existing motels.

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

Policy:  Maintain low-density development in the hillside areas, consistent with the existing density and environmental constraints. Allow higher density residential development along Lincoln Avenue between Hammondale Court and Mission Avenue given its good access to public transit. Promote lot consolidations to achieve higher densities while providing adequate on-site parking and circulation and minimizing ingress/egress to Lincoln Avenue; minimize additional office conversions of residential sites; maintain 15-foot setbacks and street trees as corridor amenities to provide a landscaped streetscape.

The following are more specific policies for Lincoln Avenue:
a.  Promote high-density residential development along Lincoln Avenue, consistent with its existing character and good access to public transit. Encourage redevelopment of these sites for residential use, consistent with the surrounding neighborhood. Encourage lot consolidations to achieve more efficient redevelopment project designs. Encourage underground parking for any new or substantial redevelopment project along Lincoln Avenue.
b.  Prohibit additional office conversions of residential units in residential/office areas except for mixed office/residential projects where the same or additional residential units are provided. Prohibit retail uses.
c.  Design all new projects and substantial remodels in accordance with Noise Element policies.
d.  Require setbacks and other project design features that visually reduce the wall effect along Lincoln Avenue. Encourage underground parking in new development to reduce building mass and height. 


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

Policy: Pursue opportunities to provide a neighborhood park in the Lincoln/San Rafael Hill neighborhood.

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

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* 11. (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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