Mid-Week Links: Back to the Future

Contraflow bus lane on US 101 in Marin County (1973) Thanks to some filename snafus, you may have missed my San Anselmo Spider Map, which you can now grab here without hassle.

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  • Last week, Mill Valley kicked off its general plan update, Mill Valley 2040.  The next year will consist of brainstorming by three committees on community vitality, land use and mobility, and natural environment, as well as input from the general public. It's the first update since 1989. (Mill Valley Herald)
  • Wincup's developers will donate $250,000 to Corte Madera's traffic fund to mitigate negative traffic impacts of its development.  Staff have yet to identify a use for the funds. (IJ)
  • A Sausalito entrepreneur has plans to start a shuttle for bike-renting tourists who find themselves semi-stranded in Marin after biking over the Bridge.  Sadly, the service will avoid bus routes, disconnecting the system from existing mobility options. (Marinscope)
  • The Good Earth opens in Fairfax today at 10:30am in its new location. The store marks a new beginning for that corner of town, removing a major downtown blight. (IJ)
  • Ugly, noisy, crowded, and a foot in the door: these are what opponents are calling Lucasfilm's Grady Ranch development, a large complex of stages, studios, visitor housing and support infrastructure in Lucas Valley. (ABC)
  • Looks like San Quentin will not be a priority development zone after all, as environmental activists hated the idea even though the land is state-owned and won't sell unless the prison closes. (IJ)
  • The County Planning Commission has approved a West Marin plan, tightening rules for development on the coast and loosening some ranching restrictions.  A discussion on the subject will be held on March 4 in Point Reyes, followed by a review by the Board of Supervisors. (IJ)
  • MALT will get a new executive director for 2013 as Bob Berner, head of the Trust since its inception, is retiring. (Pacific Sun)
  • The Ritter Center wants to expand its medical services to an on-site trailer.  The San Rafael Planning Commission heard the proposal last night. (Patch)

The Greater Marin

  • Rather than repair the Petaluma River swing bridge, SMART staff want to buy a used drawbridge from Galveston, Texas. The cost would be considerably less, and the bridge is projected to last 80 years. (Press Democrat)
  • The House is proposing a roads-only transportation bill, and that's bad news for anyone that cares about moving around - including drivers. (Sacramento Bee)
  • Healdsburg is moving ahead with its main street roundabout plan, despite opposition from car-centric businesses and a dearth of redevelopment funding. (Press Democrat)