Welcome to the Town of Fairfax! Whether you are a long-time or new resident, a visitor, or doing business with our community, we welcome you and hope you will find this website a useful resource.
FREE Green House Calls from Rising Sun Energy Center
Free, no-cost energy and water assessments from Rising Sun’s California Youth Energy Services (CYES) are available to all Marin residents (renters and owners of all income levels) this summer. CYES will check your home for efficiency, install energy and water-saving equipment, and provide personalized recommendations for further savings. They may install equipment like energy-efficient lighting (CFLs and LEDs), high-efficiency aerators for bath and kitchen sinks, showerheads, LED nightlights, SMART power strips, and more – all for FREE. Visit www.risingsunenergy.org or call 510-665-1501 ext. 5 to schedule your appointment.
Go Green Get Green Fairfax – an Incentive Program to Help 100 Fairfax Households Pay for 100% Renewable Energy
First come first served! There are only 50 spots left for Fairfax households to get a $5 credit each month for 12 months on their electricity bill when they sign up for MCE's Deep Green100% Renewable Energy service in Fairfax. Even better, the typical household will reduce over 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide in a year by using 100% non-polluting Green-e Energy certified wind and solar power.
This unique Fairfax program is funded in full by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality District, in partnership with the Town of Fairfax and the Fairfax Climate Action Committee. Learn more and sign up: www.mceCleanEnergy.org/Fairfax or 1 (888) 632-3674.
Newly Adopted Ordinances
The Town Council adopted two ordinances at their regular meeting on August 5th. Ordinance 797 adds new Article III (‘Medical Marijuana Cultivation’) to Town Code Chapter 17.138 (‘Regulations Applying in Multiple Districts’) of Title 17 (‘Zoning”) of the Fairfax Town Code, to ban marijuana cultivation with exemptions for personal cultivation for qualified patients and primary caregivers. Ordinance 802 amends Fairfax Town Code Chapter 9.28 (‘Social Host Accountability’) to add controlled substances.
2010-2030 General Plan
Interested in viewing the Town's General Plan? It was approved in April 2012. Click the following links to read the documents: 2010-2030 General Plan | Appendices | Revised Appendix: Matrix
2015 Housing Element Update
The certified Housing Element in the General Plan was updated and adopted by the Town Council on May 27, 2015, and conditionally accepted by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
Town Budget Available Online
Please visit the Town’s Finance department to see both current and past budgets. The Town’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing Program
PACE is an affordable way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water upgrades to residential and commercial buildings. Property owners can finance up to 100% of the project, for up to 30 years, as a tax assessment on their property bill. The assessment obligation may be assumed by the new owner upon property sale, and under most leases, can be shared with tenants. For information check out MCE’s PACE FAQs or visit the MCE Finance Finder Tool.
Marin County Advisory Group for the Assessment of Fair Housing Seeks Members
Marin County is seeking members for the Community Advisory Group for the Assessment of Fair Housing. They strongly encourage a diverse applicant pool, including members of the protected classes, young adults, and individuals from low-income communities. For info and application, please contact email@example.com. Deadline to file application is 5 pm Friday Sept. 16.
Storm drain blocked? Streetlight out? Tree limb in road?
No problem! Use our “iworks” program to report an issue directly to our Public Works Department and track your request. Send a Public Works Maintenance Request
Smart Meter Update
Interested in information on the Town's actions regarding Smart Meters? For more information click here.
Wood Smoke Pollution
For an excellent overview of the health and environmental hazards of wood smoke pollution, please watch this 3-minute video, which was shown at the March 4, 2015, Town Council Meeting.
Streets for People, 10:00 am to 4:00pm
Where: Bolinas Road between Broadway and Elsie
Note: This section of Bolinas will be closed to traffic
Description: Street festival with food, music, activities
Labor Day. Town offices closed.
Town Council Meeting, 7pm
Where: Women's Club, 46 Park Road (map)
Description: Regular meeting. Open to the public.
Watch it live! On Comcast Channel 27 or AT&T Channel 99
Or on your computer (click here)
view town calendar
September is National Preparedness Month – Upcoming CERT Training
In the event of an emergency, our first responders will be overwhelmed. It’s critical for citizens to be prepared to take care of themselves, their neighbors, and their community for at least 3 days, and preferably 5-7. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a national program to train citizens to help fill the gap between a disaster or emergency, and the arrival of professional services. Sign up at www.readymarin.org/CERT for upcoming classes:
Nicasio – Oct. 15 and 22
Kentfield – Nov. 5-6
San Rafael – Nov. 12 and19
There are many resources available to assist you in preparing for a disaster.
- ReadyMarin.org: guidance, classes, CERT training, and resources on emergency preparedness for citizens.
- Ross Valley Fire Department: comprehensive information on how to prepare for and handle certain events
- Fairfax flood siren FAQ: what to do when you hear the siren.
- Fairfax Creek Cam: 24/7 live feed of the creek under Town Hall.
- Free sand and sand bags for residents: in the Pavilion parking lot prior to storms.
Our on-line Community Forum (run by Peak Democracy) is where you can express your opinion for decision-makers to read. Although the recent three surveys (below) have closed, you’re invited to read what residents have commented on the topics:
- Short term and vacation rentals in Fairfax
- Regulating cultivation of marijuana for personal medical use
- Regulating delivery of marijuana for personal medical use
To go to the Community Forum, please click here.
Interested in reading the Town Newsletter? Click here for the current issue or sign up below to receive it electronically!
There will be a Special Municipal Election (consolidated with the statewide general election) held in Fairfax on November 8, 2016 for Measure C: a general tax measure to continue a retail transactions and use tax for an additional ten years and increasing the rate from ½ % to ¾ %. Please click here to see the Notice of the election and Notice of time within which arguments for or against a measure may be submitted to the town clerk, and here to see the Resolution calling for the election and the proposed measure.
Town Seeks Artist-in-Residence
The Town of Fairfax is advertising for the services of an Artist-in-Residence, who will have a loft space in the Pavilion. Please click here for details.
Proposed Bicycle Pump Track Near Peri Park
A bicycle pump track is an elevated bicycle path designed for riders of all ages and skill levels to enjoy at the same time. A pump track features a series of rollers and berms constructed using compacted dirt. The pump track that is being proposed in Fairfax is geared towards young children, ages 5-10. The Fairfax Parks & Recreation Commission has not yet chosen the concept that will be designed. For more information, you may contact Maria Baird, Recreation & Community Services Manager, at (415) 456-5652 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. | design samples
Information and Assistance for Seniors
Did you know that Marin County has a Senior Information and Assistance Line? (415) 457-INFO. This help line is staffed by social workers, real people who answer the phone. The County also has an online information portal through which older adults, their friends, caregivers, and family members can learn to navigate our County's community resources. The Community Resource Guide on the website has nine areas of resources: Health, Housing, Money, Transit, Food, Emergency, Legal, Education and Care. Please visit! http://aging.livelonglivewellmarin.org
Chipper Days 2016
The Town of Fairfax and the Ross Valley Fire Department are planning chipper day collection at decentralized sites throughout town. Residents will be able to drop off their brush at the following locations in the Scenic, Jolly Hill, Cascade and Deer Park neighborhoods. For details and dates, view flyer.
Upcoming Bridge Repair/Maintenance Projects
The Town of Fairfax has begun a multi-year project to rehabilitate five bridges spanning the Fairfax and San Anselmo Creeks. We are committed to a public process, and have created a project website www.fairfaxbridges.com where you can get more information, see upcoming events, join the project email list, and submit your comments.
Volunteer Board: 3 vacancies
3-year terms (3 years)
General Plan Implementation Committee: 1 vacancy
Term of Office: undefined
Fairfax Open Space Committee: 2 vacancies
Term of office: 4 years
Planning Commission: 1 vacancy
Term of Office: unexpired term to 12-31-18
Vacancies are effective immediately. Applicants are requested to attend one committee meeting prior to applying. Please click here for information and application materials.