What Would You Improve in Novato in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for our city, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Novato to make it an even better place to live? Let's make a resolution to accomplish something together.

Maybe you're thinking about business development — the North Redwood Boulevard corridor, Hanna Ranch, the half-vacant Square shopping center.

Maybe you're thinking about ways to reduce crime — donating to the police dogs, monitoring a school campus or participating in a Neighborhood Watch program.  

Maybe you're thinking about humanity — keeping people clothed and warm, keeping people from being homeless, keeping people from needing to beg on street corners.

Those are just starter ideas. What is on your wish list? What is one thing you would improve for the community in 2013? Do you think it's achievable?

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Tina McMillan January 03, 2013 at 06:16 PM
The work done to determine that one entrance/exit was sufficient at the Hannah Ranch site was incomplete at best. It may take a law suit to prove but I see little else that the city pays attention to. At the holidays there was a day where you had to wait 30 minutes in a long line of traffic just to exit. Can you imagine with a hotel there what would happen in an emergency. Why did the city choose to give the land to the developers? Why did they not make it a project requirement to build a second entrance/exit for that site?
Tina McMillan January 03, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Right now we don't have much of a say on the Square unless Chang violates code. What could change this would be a law saying that the intentional creation of a blighted property has consequences. Suggestions to revitalize the Square have been met with silence on Chang's part. Many suspect that he is waiting for the next cycle of affordable housing. It's true that we all have rights as owners of private property but when a single individual can intentionally blight commercial property thus creating both an eyesore and a detriment to the community there should be recourse if even in the form of discussion. The Square could be turned into many things that would benefit the neighborhood. It was once a thriving shopping center. It's demise has been due to poor management. Just look at San Marin's Harvest Market and the surrounding shops. There is a neighborhood shopping center that is well cared for and appreciated by all its customers.
Tina McMillan January 03, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Generating revenue is huge. We just received the response from HCD about our draft housing element. http://www.ci.novato.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=1410 If we are forced to overbuild residential property without a tax base we create a need for more services without the revenue stream to support them. The draft housing element is a crucial aspect of our general plan. The planning commission meetings have been very interesting. Compared to the city council meetings where little gets discussed with the public, in the planning commission we have enough diversity to see a real conversation take place. I agree stabilizing our finances is huge and I wonder how we will get there if we are not allowed to create more commercial development. We currently have only 5% of our land zoned commercial. Our laws make it difficult for small and large businesses to open here. We need our city council to make every effort to support Novato businesses.
Anthony January 03, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Lets get S.M.A.R.T. here in 2013 :)
Devin January 03, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Yeah....Christine needs to lighten up for sure...wow.


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