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Marin County, California

Marin County administrative offices are located at 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903; phone: 415‑473‑3084.

Dolliver House

Photo: Dolliver House, circa 1888, located at 58 Madrone Avenue, Larkspur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Photograph by username: Sanfranman59, 2010, own work, [cc 3.0] via wikimedia commons, accessed May, 2021.


Many structures lie in hazardous areas, and land for new development may be even more hazard- prone. With most easily buildable land already developed, construction increasingly is being proposed on the remaining marginal lots with difficult access and steep hillsides, which are subject to slope instability and are vulnerable to rapid changes in fire behavior Nevertheless, the median resale price for a single family home is well over one millian dollars.

Marin County [†]is known for its distinctive natural setting and environmental and agricultural heritage. Surrounded on three sides by water, Marin encompasses abundant environmental resources beautiful and rich in diversity, as well as working agricultural landscapes. From the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, to the outdoors where we relax and rejuvenate, we depend on nature to provide for us. A responsibility to understand and protect the environment and agriculture is a fundamental component of this Element of the Countywide Plan. Reinforcing the critical role of watershed planning is an overarching concern.

The Marin trail system is widely recognized as one of the best anywhere, and Marin has become a trail recreation destination. Demand by hikers, road and mountain bicyclists, and equestrians is increasing, as is commercial use, such as organized hiking, dog walking, and nature interpretation. Trail use also is rising among sports enthusiasts. Increased activity on trails has led to conflicts among users and with neighbors, especially regarding parking and private property issues. Parks and recreation services and their facilities are discussed in the Socioeconomic Element.

Marin Countywide Plan, 2007, www.marincounty.org, accessed May 2021.


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