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State gives green light to Tiburon’s housing element

Sacramento has finally given Tiburon’s eight-year housing roadmap its seal of approval.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Oct. 18 notice that the town’s 2023-2031 housing element is in “substantial compliance” comes after nearly two years of work and four rounds of state review, but it includes several caveats. The town must complete rezoning of its most controversial site by Jan. 31 and spend the next several years rolling out promised programs, including a renter-protection ordinance, finding sites for more low-income housing and streamlining permitting and project approvals.

The state’s certification also appears to have strengthened the resolve of a Paradise Cay-area group to press forward on its lawsuit to block the housing element, as some residents there object to high-density housing targeted for their neighbor’s property.

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