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Residents sue Tiburon over Paradise Drive housing site


Neighbors seeking to block any potential high-density development on a waterfront property above Paradise Cay have sued the town of Tiburon.


The group, calling itself the Committee to Preserve the Paradise Cove Salt Marsh, Tidelands and Neighborhood Safety, filed its lawsuit in Marin Superior Court on June 23, petitioning for an injunction to halt implementation of the town’s general plan and its environmental-impact report, which were adopted by the Town Council in May. The suit also puts the town on notice that the group will file a separate petition directly challenging certification of the impact report.


Through its state-mandated housing element, the town’s new general plan identifies the 9.6-acre property at 4576 Paradise Drive as capable of realistically accommodating 93 new market-rate housing units where two single-family homes and a guest house now stand, increasing density from one unit per acre to 10-12.4.


“The community believes that this … poses significant safety, environmental, physical and infrastructural challenges that make it unsuitable for more than four units of housing,” committee spokesperson Jon Larson of Mateo Drive said last week. “We view ourselves as being pro-Tiburon. We are not against the town. We want to do our best to work with everybody.”


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