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Tiburon commission narrowly recommends rezoning of Paradise Drive site for denser development

Town planning commissioners say Tiburon should follow through with rezoning a controversial Paradise Drive property to meet state deadlines — but they continue to stress their reservations about including the site in long-term housing plans.

The Planning Commission voted 2-1, with Eric Woodward dissenting and Daniel Amir and Kathleen Defever absent, at its Oct. 25 meeting to recommend the Town Council approve objective design and development standards for multifamily hillside developments. Those standards would be used toward rezoning for higher density at a 9.6-acre parcel at 4576 Paradise Drive, above Paradise Cay, and at a vacant plot at Reed Elementary School, as well as any future multifamily development proposed on hillside parcels.

The council is expected to approve a first reading of the design standards and rezoning at its Nov. 15 meeting, with formal adoption in a second vote on Dec. 6, according to Town Manager Greg Chanis. Rezoning would take effect 30 days later, beating the state’s Jan. 31 deadline for completing all rezoning required by Tiburon’s 2023-2031 housing element, which was certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development on Oct. 18.

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