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{{tnr}}A '''Town of San Anselmo Floor Area Ratio Ordinance, Measure E''' ballot question was on the {{nov03ca2009}} for voters in the Town of San Anselmo in {{marin}}, where it was '''approved.'''
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|{{#ev:youtube|vop9YcIvRFQ|300}}<br><span style="font-size:80%">The San Anselmo Flood of 2005</span>
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|}</div>A '''San Anselmo Rules for Properties below Sea Level, Measure E''' ballot proposition will be on the {{nov03ca2009}} in {{marin}} for voters in the City of San Anselmo.
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The question on the ballot will be, "Shall the ordinance of the San Anselmo Town Council establishing maximum floor
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Measure E was a [[veto referendum]] placed on the ballot by citizens who were challenging home-size restrictions approved by the Town of Anselmo Council.  A "yes" votes supported the home-size restrictions.  A "no" vote was a vote to overturn the home-size restrictions.<ref>[http://cbs5.com/localwire/22.0.html?type=bcn&item=MARIN-MEASURES-23-09 ''CBS 5'', "Nine local measures on Marin ballot November 3", October 23, 2009]</ref>
area and maximum lot coverage for single family properties located below 150
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feet mean sea level elevation be adopted?"
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==External links==
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The Town Council passed a size-restrictions ordinance for the San Anselmo flatlands in October 2008.  The ordinance limited the habitable-space parts of home construction projects to 45% of the lot size.  It also limited the size of new homes to 5,000 square feet.<Ref name=flatlands>[http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/california/ci_13421130 ''Pasadena Star News'', "Floor-area ratio ordinance a hot ballot topic in San Anselmo", September 25, 2009]</ref>
  
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San Anselmo has had a FAR (Floor Area Ratio) ordinance for its hillside properties since the early 1990s.  The hillside FAR is less restrictive than the flatlands FAR.  The hillside FAR explicitly says that basements, garages, crawlspaces and attics with floors do not count as habitable space in calculating a building's square footage, whereas the flatlands FAR makes no such distinction.<Ref name=flatlands/>
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==Election results==
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{{Short outcome
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| title = Measure E
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| yes = 1,980
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| no = 1,775
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| nopct = 47.27
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:: ''These final, certified, results are from the [http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/RV/Main/Elections/2009/Results/results11-09.htm Marin County elections office].''
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==Supporters of a "yes" vote==
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* The Marin Independent-Journal urged its readers to vote "yes" on Measure E.  They said, "Design may be more important than square footage, but having standards well-detailed in city building rules is the best way to settle disputes over "McMansions." The goal of the town law was to spell out local house-size restrictions for homeowners, potential buyers and neighbors who are worried that neighborhoods are getting overbuilt."<ref name=ij/>
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* An argument in the official ballot guide made by supporters said that Measure E will protect residents from "new outsized houses that will severely impact your light, views, privacy and change the character of your neighborhood" and "Without FAR, San Anselmo must allow houses nearly double the size allowed in Mill Valley and Tiburon. Your vote will shape how San Anselmo will look in the future."<ref name=cbs>[http://cbs5.com/localwire/22.0.html?type=bcn&item=SAN-ANSELMO-MEASURES-23-00 ''CBS 5'', "San Anselmo voters will decide two measures on November ballot", October 23, 2009]</ref>
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* The "Yes on E" committee raised about $2,000 for their campaign.<ref name=signs>[http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_13671699?nclick_check=1 ''Contra Costa Times'', "Sign expense not itemized on San Anselmo ballot measure campaign", October 29, 2009]</ref>
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==Opponents of the new home-size restrictions==
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* Former mayors Paul Chignell and Jeff Kroot urged a "no" vote.  They said that San Anselmo's new restrictions for properties in the flatlands are too burdensome and will prevent people from building additions if their family size increases.<ref name=ij>[http://www.marinij.com/opinion/ci_13543064 ''Marin Independent Journal'', "Editorial: IJ's recommendations on Ross Valley ballot measures", October 12, 2009]</ref>
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* Arguments in the official voter's guide made by opponents of Measure E said that if Measure E passes, more than 1,000 existing homes will be defined as too large to add even a single square foot, that the planning code already preserves the character of the town and Measure E is "redundant and heavy handed."<ref name=cbs/>
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* The "Too Far Committee", which opposed Measure E, raised $1,934 for their campaign through mid-October.<ref name=signs/>
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==Ballot question==
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  text = '''Measure E:''' "Shall the ordinance of the San Anselmo Town Council establishing maximum floor area and maximum lot coverage for single family properties located below 150 feet mean sea level elevation be adopted?"
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==External links==
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* [http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/RV/Main/election_info/Measures/2009/docs/11-09/MeasureE.pdf Full text of the ordinance]
 
* [http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/RV/main/election_info/Measures/2009/docs/11-09/Measures.pdf Measures on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Marin County]
 
* [http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/RV/main/election_info/Measures/2009/docs/11-09/Measures.pdf Measures on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Marin County]
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* [http://www.townofsananselmo.org/ Website of the Town of Anselmo]
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* [http://www.smartgrowthsananselmo.com/sitemap-measure-e.html Website of the "Yes on E" committee]
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* [http://www.townofsananselmo.org/townclerk/files/yesone410.pdf Statement of organization of the "Yes on E" committee]
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* [http://www.townofsananselmo.org/townclerk/files/2far410.pdf Statement of organization of the "No on E" committee]
  
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==References==
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Revision as of 07:11, 14 February 2013

A Town of San Anselmo Floor Area Ratio Ordinance, Measure E ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the Town of San Anselmo in Marin County, where it was approved.

Measure E was a veto referendum placed on the ballot by citizens who were challenging home-size restrictions approved by the Town of Anselmo Council. A "yes" votes supported the home-size restrictions. A "no" vote was a vote to overturn the home-size restrictions.[1]

The Town Council passed a size-restrictions ordinance for the San Anselmo flatlands in October 2008. The ordinance limited the habitable-space parts of home construction projects to 45% of the lot size. It also limited the size of new homes to 5,000 square feet.[2]

San Anselmo has had a FAR (Floor Area Ratio) ordinance for its hillside properties since the early 1990s. The hillside FAR is less restrictive than the flatlands FAR. The hillside FAR explicitly says that basements, garages, crawlspaces and attics with floors do not count as habitable space in calculating a building's square footage, whereas the flatlands FAR makes no such distinction.[2]

Election results

Measure E
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,980 52.73%
No1,77547.27%
These final, certified, results are from the Marin County elections office.

Supporters of a "yes" vote

  • The Marin Independent-Journal urged its readers to vote "yes" on Measure E. They said, "Design may be more important than square footage, but having standards well-detailed in city building rules is the best way to settle disputes over "McMansions." The goal of the town law was to spell out local house-size restrictions for homeowners, potential buyers and neighbors who are worried that neighborhoods are getting overbuilt."[3]
  • An argument in the official ballot guide made by supporters said that Measure E will protect residents from "new outsized houses that will severely impact your light, views, privacy and change the character of your neighborhood" and "Without FAR, San Anselmo must allow houses nearly double the size allowed in Mill Valley and Tiburon. Your vote will shape how San Anselmo will look in the future."[4]
  • The "Yes on E" committee raised about $2,000 for their campaign.[5]

Opponents of the new home-size restrictions

  • Former mayors Paul Chignell and Jeff Kroot urged a "no" vote. They said that San Anselmo's new restrictions for properties in the flatlands are too burdensome and will prevent people from building additions if their family size increases.[3]
  • Arguments in the official voter's guide made by opponents of Measure E said that if Measure E passes, more than 1,000 existing homes will be defined as too large to add even a single square foot, that the planning code already preserves the character of the town and Measure E is "redundant and heavy handed."[4]
  • The "Too Far Committee", which opposed Measure E, raised $1,934 for their campaign through mid-October.[5]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure E: "Shall the ordinance of the San Anselmo Town Council establishing maximum floor area and maximum lot coverage for single family properties located below 150 feet mean sea level elevation be adopted?"[6]

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