BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR!
YOU CAN HELP TO ENHANCE AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THIS NEIGHBORHOOD BY MAINTAINING YOUR PROPERTY AND REPORTING NEIGHBORHOOD BLIGHT!
WHAT IS BLIGHT?
Blighted properties are properties that are in disarray, disrepair, have overgrown and unkempt front yards, have been neglected or are unsightly, etc. These properties can attract illegal activities, cause general neighborhood instability, are a public nuisance, and can endanger the health and safety of our residents and neighbors. Neighborhood Blight impairs growth, withers hopes and ambitions, and impedes progress and prosperity.
A neighborhood’s reputation depends not only upon the quality of its school but also on its appearance and livability. Once one house on a block goes, it affects the entire neighborhood.
BENEFITS OF A WELL MAINTAINED NEIGHBORHOOD:
- Less Crime
- Higher Property Values
- More neighborhood pride and community spirit
- Greater beauty – aesthetically pleasing
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Clean up and maintain YOUR property – whether you are a homeowner or renter – HAVE PRIDE IN YOUR HOME!
- Offer to help a neighbor clean up their yard, paint their home, etc.- we have a lot of elderly neighbors who could use a helping hand and a friendly gesture like this from a neighbor goes a long way in cleaning up the neighborhood and also helps to create community relationships as well!
- Organize a “BLOCK CLEAN UP DAY”
- Submit a complaint to the County of Marin (information provided below)
HOW TO SUBMIT A COMPLAINT:
The Community Development Agency accepts written, signed complaints only. Anonymous complaints will not be investigated. All complaint are kept confidential. Please include the address of the violation and any other pertinent information including, but not limited to, the assessor’s parcel number and property owner’s name.
The complaint must include an address and should provide a clear description of the violation and where it is located on the property. Example — The property located at 10 Main Street, City contains a junkyard in the rear or 60 First Street, City appears to be constructing an addition at the rear of the property.
Please submit your written complaint to:
Marin County Community Development Agency, Planning Division
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 308
San Rafael, CA 94903.
Staff Directory, Location and Hours of Business:
The Enforcement Division is located in the Marin County Civic Center at the following address:
3501 Civic Center Drive, #308
San Rafael, CA 94903-4157
Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Phone: (415) 473-6269 – Fax: (415) 473-7880 TDD:
|Debbi Poiani, Senior Enforcement Officer||(415) 473-7169|
|Cristy Stanley, Code Enforcement Specialist||(415) 473-7875|
|Robert Harris, Code Enforcement Specialist||(415) 473-6956|
|Gerry Morena, Code Enforcement Specialist||(415) 473-7417|
Junk and Debris Complaints
The Marin County Community Development Agency regulates junk and debris located on private property. Junkyards which use more than 200 square feet of land to store vehicles or junk are only allowed within industrial zoned properties within the unincorporated area of Marin County. The Marin County Zoning Ordinance prohibits the permanent storage of junk materials in the front yard of any lot located in any R-1 (Single-Family, Residential) zoning district. This restriction includes the storage of vehicles in areas other than improved parking areas.
Complaints regarding the accumulation of household garbage are handled by the Community Development Agency, Environmental Health Services Division at (415) 473-6907