Update (Aug. 13): The appeal has been postponed. The new date has not yet been announced.
What: FINAL Appeal Against San Rafael Airport Indoor Soccer Complex – San Rafael City Council.
When: Monday, August 6, 7 pm.
Where: San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fifth Avenue (map).
San Rafael’s Planning Commission has approved a two-story, Walmart-sized indoor and outdoor sports complex and 184-car parking lot with outdoor lighting, which would put soccer-playing kids within 160 feet of an active runway and flight-path. The project would bring light and noise pollution, toxic runoff, increased traffic, and excessive disturbance to the marsh and creek (see previous
On Mon., Aug. 6, the City Council will hear the appeal against this project which the Sierra Club and a host of other environmental groups oppose. It threatens sensitive habitat for the endangered California clapper rail, salt-marsh harvest mouse, black rail, and steelhead trout, and other species in the Gallinas Creek watershed.
Additionally, the Caltrans Aviation Division “recommends prohibiting group recreational uses” so close to this runway. “In general, society gives special attention to protection of children. Special consideration should be given to facilities that cater to children such as recreation and sports facilities.”
For more information contact Mary Hanley at email@example.com.