We need affordable housing in Point Reyes Station, and the Village Association has been an active and willing partner in supporting dreams of securing more affordable options. We are currently working with CLAM, our community land trust, on a multi-year plan to help acquire the Coast Guard housing complex for conversion to affordable units. Come join us.
I don't want to be an old curmudgeon who complains about lack of civic pride, loss of community and bemoans the commodification of every aspect of modern life. I don't want to see Point Reyes Station become just an outdoor mall. So I am here to meet my fellow citizens to try to improve what I can and defend aspects that I love. Others before us cared enough to leave us the magnificent national seashore.
In 1972 the people of California voted to approve Proposition 20 that was the result of years of grassroots organizing to protect the California coast from further privatization and exploitation. The citizens of northern California watched the rapid privatization of the southern California coast line with alarm. They formed the “Save Our Seashore” movement to prevent the same thing from happening here. Once Prop. 20 passed, the California Coastal Commission was formed to hold overriding permit authority over the entire coast line for four years. In 1976 the California Coastal Act, extending the jurisdiction of the Coastal Commission indefinitely, was passed overwhelmingly by the voters. It has proved to be hugely popular legislation.
The Coastal Commission has had a profound effect on West Marin over the ensuing 45 years. The Commission originally tasked each coastal town and village along the entire state’s coastline to develop a community plan in keeping with Prop 20’s charge to protect and conserve the coastal resources of the state. The coastal villages of Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Olema, Inverness, Point Reyes Station, Marshall, Tomales, and Dillon Beach were each required to form a village association of locals who would define the culture and geography of their village in order to act as it’s local protector. In this role the village association would provide informed advisory review of any proposed development or significant change in the village. To this end, the Community Plan was created by locals in concert with Marin County Government and adopted in 1976. It was revised under local leadership in 2001. It serves today as the leading document by which the town evaluates proposed changes to it’s historical character and community life. Whenever projects are proposed for an area, Marin County government provides copies of the plans for review and response from the Village Association.
The Village Association has acted in this role – advising Marin County and the California Coastal Commission – since 1974.
The members of the Village Association's leadership circle are: Ken Levin, President Pamela Bridges, Vice President Peggy Day, Secretary Laura Arndt, Treasurer
Member of the design review committee: Steve Antonaros Pam Bridges Jon Fernandez Roy Pitts Mike McClasky Randall Fleming
If you are interested in becoming a member, please come to a meeting and introduce yourself to us. Voting membership is open to business owners, property owners and residents of Point Reyes Station. Dues are $20 per calendar year.