Costal Post May 31, 1989
Hamilton Housing And Jobs
Based on an analysis of the Redevelopment dollars that the Hamilton project would generate and the state-mandated 20% minimum set aside for Affordable Housing which total $105 million, I have computed that by year five of the project up to 330 of the lowest salaried families (earning up to $20,000/year) could be receiving $250 per month rent assistance payment for up to 30 years. By year seven, a thousand local families will be eligible to receive that level of assistance and there will be sufficient funds to provide it.
NEH has recently assisted over 100 families to secure newly affordable housing in Novato. We have found displaced Novato families with young children will move back from Sonoma to Novato when they can be guaranteed as little as $250/month rent reduction/rent assistance.
Thus, the estimated worse case traffic figures in the EIR are very wrong. The backups, both a.m. and p.m., are based on an erroneous assumption that only 16% of the people will be living and working on site at Hamilton. Our analysis shows that over 50% of families working at Hamilton can and will live on site, especially if at least 50% of the first housing units built in phase One will not be generating the 101 peak hour traffic feared.
Additionally, our analysis shows that many of the newly created entry level jobs at Hamilton can and will be filled/held by spouses of active duty military personnel. These spouses will need neither new housing nor will then need to get on the freeway to get to Hamilton—they will already be there at Capehart and Rafael Village. They can be at Hamilton without ever going onto any freeway as it exists or as improved by Berg-Revoir. The EIR did not adequately evaluate the traffic reducing impact of these available workers—already in affordable military housing—on site.
CLARK A. BLASDELL
Novato Ecumenical Housing Novato
Traffic Impact Of The Hamilton
Letter to Dwayne Hunn
North Bay Transportation Management Association:
You have asked for a clarification of the County’s projections for the traffic impact of the proposed Hamilton project on Highway 101 as outlined on Page 9 of the County letter submitted to the Novato Planning Commission on September 12, 1988.
The morning queue of bumper to bumper traffic on Highway 101 currently backs up 6.8 miles from the bottleneck at Puerto Suello Hill to Highway 37. As our September letter to the Novato Planning Commission indicates, the County estimates that the addition of 1,150 southbound vehicles per hour on Highway 101 headed for Hamilton in the morning would add 9 to 17 lane miles of queue to the existing queue beginning at Highway 37. The addition of 9 to 17 lane miles to the existing queue would back up traffic on the freeway an additional 3 to 6.5 miles extending the bumper to bumper traffic from its current beginning at Highway 37 up to San Marin Drive or past Gnoss Field.
The evening queue of bumper to bumper traffic currently begins north of San Marin Drive where the freeway narrows to 4 lanes and extends 1.8 miles to DeLong Avenue. As our September letter indicates, the County estimates that the addition of 865 northbound vehicles per hour on Highway 101 from Hamilton during the evening commute would add 7 to 13 lane miles of queue to the existing queue beginning at DeLong Avenue. The addition of 7 to 13 lane miles to the existing queue would back up traffic on the freeway an additional 2.3 to 4.3 miles extending the bumper to bumper traffic from its current beginning at DeLong down to Highway 37 or Alameda del Prado. In summary, the County estimates that the Hamilton project would add 3 to 6.5 miles of congestion to the freeway during the morning commute hours and 2.3 to 4.3 miles of congestion to the freeway during the evening commute hours. I hope these figures provide the clarification you requested.
Marin County Planning Department San Rafael
NBTMA Supports The Hamilton Project
North Bay Transportation Management
Association (NBTMA) believes that the public and private sectors working together can create traffic solutions that will improve the community’s quality of life.
NBTMA asks you to support the Hamilton Project for the following reasons:
Hamilton traffic reduction strategies; first right to rent for those who work at Hamilton; Redevelopment Agency funds of$105 million guarantee low and moderate income households funds to live and work at Hamilton; and optimal use of the Northwest Pacific Right-of-Way by designing to build a live/work community within a 1,2 mile walk of the transit corridor.
The correct County estimates that the project would add to miles of added queues are 3 to 6.5 miles in the morning and 2.3 to 4.3 in the evening. This is without factoring in the traffic mitigations listed above.
When phased traffic mitigation requirements are coupled with developers who listen, traffic reduction can be the result.
Local Jobs Data Bank would place present Novato out-commuters into jobs at Hamilton. Transit providers could shuttle workers from Sonoma to their Hamilton jobs, such as the Santa Rosa Airporter.
Federal Entrepreneurial Capital Grunt funds are available to put a jitney on the road, but to receive them the recipient must show a 3 year business plan which shows that non-public money will make the jitney self-supportive. Hamilton’s developers would consider paying the fares of their workers who commute from Novato to work at Hamilton.
Hamilton is a model that can encourage the development of other mixed-used communities along Marin and Sonoma’s railroad right-of-way. To build those workable communities, a model must be created. Hamilton is the model.