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OCTOBER 2018

  • City/District Feasibility Study Continues

The Novato Unified School District (NUSD) and the City of Novato are exploring uses for land on San Andreas Drive. Understanding that attracting and retaining high quality teachers and city staff can be a challenge due to the rising cost of housing in the county, options that could utilize the site in a productive manner to help house the District’s employees are being discussed.

SEPTEMBER 2018

On September 19, the Novato Unified School District (NUSD) and the City of Novato (City) made a short presentation to the San Marin Improvement Association (SMIA) to share initial thoughts around developing teacher housing on property located on San Andreas Drive. The presentation was given by NUSD Superintendent Jim Hogeboom where he shared results from the District and City survey to gauge employee interest in local housing. Russ Thompson, Public Works Director from the City of Novato, discussed the site feasibility study and the timeline moving forward. Over 50 community members attended the meeting and provided good feedback and questions. These questions can be found here. The Feasibility Study will conclude around November and these results will be shared with the San Marin Improvement District at their December meeting (tentative.)

SAN MARIN NEIGHBORS:  Please contact Sylvia Barry at [email protected] if you want to receive notifications for this information.

HISTORY

The Novato Unified School District (NUSD) acquired approximately 22 acres of open land on San Andreas Drive in the San Marin neighborhood in 1967. Its original designation was to be a future middle school. Since then, the site has seen a number of ideas that have not moved past the planning phase.  Now the NUSD School Board is exploring options that could utilize the site in a productive manner to help benefit the District’s employees.

In turn, the City of Novato (City) owns 4 acres of open land that is connected to the NUSD site and could partner with the district to meet their employee housing needs.

Over the last few months, the Novato Unified School District and the City of Novato have had preliminary conversations to explore uses for the 26 acres of land on San Andreas Drive. Understanding that attracting and retaining high quality teachers and city staff can be a challenge due to the rising cost of housing in the county, a Memorandum of Understanding was created to provide a feasibility study to determine if housing options are available for this property.

Once the feasibility study is complete, NUSD and the City will begin a robust community outreach campaign to gather input and answer questions about the land options. This process will include numerous meetings and informational sessions that will determine next steps.

Timeline

Fall 2017:  NUSD begins exploring teacher housing on San Andreas property

January – February 2018:  NUSD and City of Novato administer housing survey to employees

June 2018:  City of Novato and Novato Unified School District adopt two-year Housing Memorandum

of Understanding.

June – November 2018:  Conduct Feasibility and Technical Study and identify areas

for further investigation and development.

November 2018 – January 2019: Analyze the Feasibility and Technical Study to determine next steps as

well as consider project financing alternatives for possible development.

February-April 2019: Develop and agree upon policies for apportionment of the total number of Housing units needed. Agree on best development alternative and consider issuings a Request for Proposal.  Continue public outreach and community communications.

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