West Marin Access Coalition
About the West Marin Access Coalition
Everyone should have access to the beautiful parks, beaches, and forests of West Marin. The West Marin Access Coalition is a grass-roots organization of homeowners, long- and short-term rental hosts, visitors, local businesses, and concerned citizens interested in preserving West Marin's tourism-friendly community.
The Coalition was formed in late 2022 shortly after the County of Marin implemented a moratorium on new short-term/vacation rentals and announced their intention to overhaul West Marin's short-term rental regulations and approval processes. It is the goal of the coalition to hold the County and its Supervisors accountable to their own guiding principles, notably that West Marin has historically provided vacation opportunities in communities adjacent to our public parks and beaches.
The County of Marin is drafting and plans to release short-term rental regulations for public review and comments in the Spring of 2023. Once released, the community will have a short time in which to comment. To receive updates, please Join the Coalition
Access to West Marin
Access to the parks and beaches is paramount. A variety of overnight accommodations is essential to these coastal, recreational experiences since most visitors travel from afar.
Supporting the Community
Visitors support the community, its businesses, and create jobs. Short-term hosts pay Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOTs), which have provided over $2.5 million in Measure W funds for Community Housing since 2018, and another $2.5 million for emergency services.
Protecting Our Environment
West Marin is home to a number of biodiversity hotspots, and each promotes the health and well-being of the planet and its people. Staying overnight allows people to avoid making multiple day trips, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions.
DRAFT STR REGULATIONS RELEASED
On September 18, 2023, the County of Marin released draft regulations for Short Term Rentals in West Marin. Whether you are a homeowner, a business owner, or someone who enjoys vacationing in West Marin, the County needs to hear from you. They plan to finalize the regulations before the end of the year. Two hearings are set for the Planning Commission and then it will go immediately to the Board of Supervisors for approval. Your voice is needed now!
Everyone--residents and visitors alike--are attracted to the region’s public parkland and coastline, yet the County proposes to permanently reduce the number of vacation homes available in the communities that are adjacent to our shared public lands. The Planning Commission is seeking your insight as to how these regulations will impact you and visitors to the region. Please review the regulations and send a letter to:
Marin County Planning Commission
Community Development Agency
Supervisor, Marin County
Cc: the Coalition email@example.com so we can ensure your comments will be received.
Tentatively, the Planning Commission will hold public hearings on October 23, , 2023 and November 13, 2023. Please mark these dates in your calendar and consider attending.