A revised Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Corte Madera Inn Rebuild Project has been published and can be accessed on the Town of Corte Madera website via the following link: http://www.townofcortemadera.org/531/Corte-Madera-Inn-Rebuild-Project. It is also viewable at the Corte Madera Planning Department at Town Hall at 300 Tamalpais Drive, and at the Corte Madera Public Library at 707 Meadowsweet Drive.
As a reminder, these documents are intended to disclose to Corte Madera decision-makers and the public the potential environmental impacts associated with the applicant’s proposed project and identify mitigation measures or alternatives to the proposed project that would reduce or avoid the environmental impacts. This information is required by State law to be considered prior to making decisions on the Corte Madera Inn Rebuild project.
In addition, below is the public hearing notice for the Corte Madera Planning Commission’s April 11, 2017, regularly-scheduled meeting, where the Corte Madera Inn Rebuild project will be discussed. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm at Town Hall. The Planning Commission will be re-evaluating its prior recommendation to the Town Council to certify the EIR and approve the proposed project in light of the revised biological analysis and public comments related to the on-site pond. Information regarding the Planning Commission’s prior meetings, project plans, prior staff reports and presentations, and all environmental documents can be found on the Corte Madera Inn project page here: http://www.townofcortemadera.org/531/Corte-Madera-Inn-Rebuild-Project and at the Town of Corte Madera Planning Department at Town Hall.
If you have any comments, and cannot appear at the meeting to speak in person, please forward your comments to the Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org (prior to 5pm the Monday before the meeting) and they will be made available to the Commission and to the public at the meeting. If you have any questions, please call (415) 927-5064.
TOWN OF CORTE MADERA PLANNING COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: CORTE MADERA INN REBUILD PROJECT
TOWN AGENCY: CORTE MADERA PLANNING COMMISSION
MEETING DATE: TUESDAY APRIL 11, 2017
TIME AND PLACE: 7:30 P.M., CORTE MADERA TOWN HALL, 300 TAMALPAIS DRIVE
SUBJECT: PUBLIC HEARING FOR CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION TO THE CORTE MADERA TOWN COUNCIL TO CERTIFY A FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (FEIR) AND APPROVE APPLICATIONS BY RENESON HOTELS, INC., FOR A NEW DUAL-BRANDED MARRIOTT HOTEL, INCLUDING A 71-ROOM SPRINGHILL SUITES AND A 103-ROOM EXTENDED STAY RESIDENCE INN. APPLICATIONS INCLUDE A PROPOSED GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT, NEW PRELIMINARY AND PRECISE PLANS (INCLUDING DESIGN REVIEW), AND A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Corte Madera Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to review information, including the Recirculated Environmental Impact Report No. 2 (REIR No. 2) and the revised Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), receive public comments, and re-evaluate the Planning Commission’s prior resolution (Resolution No. 16-015) recommending to the Corte Madera Town Council certification of the EIR and approval of the applications regarding: 1) a General Plan amendment to create a new General Plan land use designation (Hotel/Motel Highway Commercial) allowing up to .55 FAR; 2) Zoning Ordinance amendment to create a new Zoning district (C-5) consistent with the proposed General Plan land use designation; 3) Preliminary Plan; 4) Precise Plan (including Design Review); and 5) a Condition Use permit to facilitate a proposed new 174-room dual-branded Marriott hotel development at 56 Madera Boulevard (Assessor’s Parcel Number 024-031-15).
Reneson Hotels, Inc., is proposing to demolish the existing Corte Madera Inn, a 110-room Best Western affiliated hotel, and the adjacent restaurant (approximately 82,000 sq. ft. of floor area in total), fill the .64 acre pond on the site, and construct a new 174-room, 127,000 sq. ft. hotel.
The proposed hotel facility would include a 3,600 square foot conference area (for up to 300 people), lounge and dining area for hotel guests, a business center, a fitness center, public restrooms, and two board meeting rooms. A swimming pool and spa, basketball court, outdoor seating areas, an artificial pond, and landscaped areas would also be provided as amenities for hotel guests. Parking would be provided for 235 vehicles.
Portions of the hotel structure would be two-stories and other portions would be three-stories. The maximum height of the building would be 35 ft., although roof elements would reach approximately 37 ft. in height. Project plans can be accessed via the following link: http://www.townofcortemadera.org/531/Corte-Madera-Inn-Rebuild-Project
Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared for the proposed project. At its April 26, 2016 meeting, after a series of public hearings regarding the Corte Madera Inn Rebuild proposed project, the Planning Commission recommended that the Town Council certify the EIR by adopting Resolution 16-015. Subsequently, photographic evidence indicating presence of widgeongrass at the on-site pond was presented to the Planning Department and it was determined that due to the identification of a new potential significant impact, the Biological Resources section of the EIR required recirculation for public comment. The public comments, and the Planning Department’s responses to public comments, are included in a revised Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR).
All environmental documents and all other information regarding the Planning Commission’s prior meetings, project plans, prior staff reports and presentations can be found on the Corte Madera Inn project page here: http://www.townofcortemadera.org/531/Corte-Madera-Inn-Rebuild-Project and at the Town of Corte Madera Planning Department, located at 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, California, lower level, during public hours: 8:00am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 3:00pm Monday through Thursday.
All persons interested in the foregoing are invited to appear before the Corte Madera Planning Commission at the time, day and place mentioned above. If you challenge this project in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this NOTICE, or in written correspondence delivered to the Town of Corte Madera at, or prior to, the public hearing. All written responses will become part of the public record. Staff reports are usually available by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting and may be obtained from the Planning Department, Corte Madera Town Hall, 300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. If you have any questions about the information contained in this notice, please contact the Planning Department at (415) 927-5064. If you have any comments, and cannot appear at the meeting to speak in person, please forward your comments to the Planning Department at email@example.com (prior to 5pm the day before the meeting) and they will be made available to the Commission and to the public at the meeting.
I do hereby certify that the foregoing Notice of Public Hearing was duly processed according to the California Government Code and the Corte Madera Municipal Code. - Adam Wolff, Planning Director
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Planning Division at 415-927-5064. Notification two business days (the Friday before the meeting) prior to the meeting will enable the Town to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.