Resistance to housing mandates force-fed by the state of California was as strong as ever Wednesday night in Novato.
Novato City Hall overflowed with concerned residents who spoke before a 21-person volunteer committee charged with making recommendations to the Novato City Council about sites around the city that could be rezoned for housing.
Organizers kept the microphone open for about 3 ½ hours as each of the nine sites proposed by the City Manager’s Housing Ad Hoc Working Group was discussed. Dozens of people took their 90-second turn speaking out, and nearly all of them were opposed to development on the properties.
Several people criticized the city for wanting to knock down a preschool or church to build low-income housing. Many speakers with a better grasp of the facts justified their not-in-my-backyard positions by citing concerns about safety, health, traffic, property values, environmental issues and crime. Several people mentioned that Novato has 20 percent of Marin County’s population but has 33 percent of the affordable housing.
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