In 2008, the City of Novato was one of the first cities in the nation to enact a smoking ordinance aimed at improving the health of the community and protecting vulnerable citizens. Since 2008, other cities in the nation and Marin have taken additional measures to ensure the health and safety of their citizens by ensuring definitions are clear for both clarity in understanding and enforcement of the ordinances. Novato's City Council asked staff to work with the Marin County Health & Human Services Tobacco Related Disease Control Department.
Below is a timeline and all pertinent information related to the updating of the ordinance. Please check back for up-to-date information about the process of updating the ordinance as dates are subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact the analyst tasked with helping the Council update this ordinance at 415-899-8919 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 25, 2016: Staff provided Council with an informational item on the Smoking Ordinance
November 23, 2016: Letters mailed to owners and managers of multi-unit housing complexes & tobacco retailers
December 1, 2016: Public meetings held for owners and managers of multi-unit housing complexes & tobacco retailers (2 attendees from owner/manager meeting and 0 attendees for tobacco retail meeting); We have also received one email and one phone call about updating the ordinance. All public feedback will be summarized and included in the presentation on 1/10/17.
December 20, 2016: Letters mailed to owners and managers of multi-unit housing complexes & tobacco retailers
1st week January: Alert posted in Novato Chamber's E-newsletter
January 10, 2017: Public Hearing & First Reading of Smoking Ordinance & Tobacco Retail License Ordinance @ City Council Meeting, 6:30pm - OCCURRED
January 24, 2017: Planned Second Reading & Adoption of Smoking Ordinance @ City Council Meeting, 6:30pm - SMOKING ORDINANCE APPROVED; DEFERRED TOBACCO RETAIL LICENSE ORDINANCE
January 31, 2017: Second Reading & Adoption of Tobacco Retail License Ordinance @ City Council Meeting, 6:30pm - TOBACCO RETAIL LICENSE ORDINANCE APPROVED
15 Days after Adoption: Smoking Ordinance text will be posted in local newspaper
To view Draft Ordinances and Staff Reports, please visit Council Agendas here.