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Tiburon seeks to ‘blunt impact’ of the coming builder’s remedy

Facing a shortfall in new units it must accommodate and the prospect of concentrating even more downtown, Tiburon is considering the addition of an already-controversial Paradise Drive property to its revised housing element.

In the meantime, the town is seeking to build a defense against the punitive “builder’s remedy” for falling out of compliance with California law.

The Town Council called a special meeting Jan. 18 to hash out the necessary revisions to its state-mandated 2023-2031 housing element after the California Housing and Community Development Department broadly rejected the initial draft in late December.

Tiburon will miss the state’s Jan. 31 compliance deadline. Without an adopted plan, on Feb. 1 it will be subject to the builder’s remedy, in which local zoning and general-plan standards no longer apply and any development with enough affordable housing must be approved by right under less-restrictive state rules.

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