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Neighbors make 11th-hour push to drop Paradise Drive site for housing

About 50 Tiburon residents attended an April 29 open house to weigh in on the town’s draft 20-year growth plan and its accompanying environmental impact report, with a majority focused on the draft’s housing element and the potential development of new units on Paradise Drive.

“Multiunit housing is completely wrong for Paradise Drive,” wrote one commenter. “It’s only a narrow country road. Very popular for biking. Hundreds more cars will ruin it.”

Held at Town Hall, the open house was aimed at giving residents a chance to review and comment on the different elements of the general plan by speaking with town officials and leaving written comments on poster boards.

The housing element received the most attention, drawing about three-dozen sticky-note comments — many focused on the most recently added site for rezoning and potential development: 4576 Paradise Drive, near Paradise Cay. The town’s plan says 93 units could be built on three of the property’s 10 acres, which the landowner volunteered for addition to the site list after the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s 90-day review of the first draft said Tiburon anticipated too many lot splits in single-family zones and concentrated too much new multifamily housing in the downtown corridor.

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