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Recap of 3/7 City Council Meeting

Post Date:03/09/2017 12:40 PM

** (note: following are highlights only; for more detailed information, please see meeting minutes)

A Closed Session regarding a performance evaluation—objectives setting and evaluation tool—for the City Manager, convened at 6 p.m., prior to the Council’s regular meeting, and will be continued to a future close session.


Harry Thomas, the Chair of the City’s Economic Development Advisory Commission, gave a presentation that included an overview of the purpose and activities of the Commission as well as a workplan.

Photo of Economic Advisory Commission Council meeting presentation


CONSENT CALENDAR - Council approved both items.

Expenditure Approval List for March 2, 2017

Investment Report for the quarter ending 9/30/16



The City Council appointed Mayor Denise Athas and Councilmember Pat Eklund to participate on a two-person subcommittee for the City’s Assistant City Manager recruitment.

The City Council received a presentation from the Age-Friendly Novato Taskforce and approved their pursuit of the World Health Organizations' (WHO) “Age Friendly Cities” designation and authorized a letter from the Mayor to WHO requesting membership to in the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

The City Council received a presentation on the updated 2014 Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and implementation status of the City's Climate Action Plan, and provided direction to add a new staff position devoted to implementation of the Climate Action Plan in the proposed FY 2017/18 budget.

The City Council received a presentation and reviewed the public input received to date and staff-recommended edits, and also provided edits to staff for the Draft General Plan—specifically the Introduction, Great Places Chapter and Draft Downtown Design Guidelines—which include:

  • edits to the “Vision of Novato” in the Introduction Chapter,
  • addition of an action program to determine potential uses and restoration of the old railroad depot building and former freight building area,
  • exploration of an amendment to the Master Plan that would allow existing non-conforming recreational uses in the Bel Marin Keys Industrial Parks to expand
  • accepted staff-recommended edits to the Draft General Plan

Council also voted to place the extension of the Urban Growth Boundary on the November 2017 ballot and added a provision in the City’s Zoning Ordinance for staff to provide a calculation of building Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for mixed-use projects that includes structured parking within the Land Use Chapter.

Proposed Agenda Item: Consideration of placing the renewal of the Novato Urban Growth Boundary on the November 2017 ballot – Councilmember Eklund—This item was removed from the agenda and discussed under the draft General Plan agenda item, specifically related to the Urban Growth Boundary (see agenda item above).

Proposed Agenda Item: Council voted to place on a future agenda the consideration of a "Summer at City Hall" Intern Program in conjunction with Novato Unified School District – Mayor Athas


Video of meeting

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday, March 14

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