Sausalito ridgeline home proposal dismays neighbors,

Sausalito ridgeline home proposal dismays neighbors, National Park Service By Mark Prado 01 Nov 2015, 01:33 PM Story poles outline the dimensions of a home proposed at 44 Wolfback Ridge Road, an undeveloped Sausalito lot adjacent to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The property owners want to build a 3,785-square-foot home. (Frankie Frost) Marin Independent Jounal) A proposal to build a home on the edge of a national park in Sausalito is troubling the National Park Service and has raised the hackles of those who fought to keep the area from being developed during a historic and pitched battle in the 1960s. Last week the Sausalito Planning Commission was set to hear a plan for a 3,785 square foot, two-level single family residence, on an undeveloped section of Wolfback Ridge on a high slope in the city. Story poles erected at the site make it clear the home at 44 Wolfback Ridge Roadwould become a dominant feature on the edge of the Gerbode Valley, land that is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area near Rodeo Beach. In a letter to the commission, park Superintendent Chris Lehnertz wrote the home would be “visible to the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors to the Marin Headlands, would constitute a glaring visual intrusion on the park, and would diminish the experience of park visitors.” Sausalito city staff have recommended approval for the house for the property owners, Jeffry and Beth Karsen. But after the park service and others submitted letters of opposition, the Karsens’ attorney requested that the Planning Commission continue the item to a future date. Attorney Chris Skelton said the Karsens will move forward, saying prior legal settlements by a previous landowner have provided a path for a home to be built on the lot. “The Karsens purchased a buildable lot,” Skelton said. “This has been settled. They are not people to try to bulldoze their way through. They bought a piece of property to build their dream home.” Between 1999 and 2002, the park service conducted land appraisals of four parcels within the Wolfback Ridge subdivision, including the one at 44 Wolfback Ridge Road, and offered to buy them at market value. The offer was rejected by owner Allan Patterson. The park service is now considering exploring an exchange of the parcel at 44 Wolfback Ridge Road for one or more lots it owns adjoining Sausalito, but not affecting the parkland view. “We want to look at alternatives,” said Howard Levitt, park spokesman. “We are going to meet with them shortly and talk about an exchange of property.” Although the dispute involves a single home, it has brought back memories of the fight to prevent the community of Marincello from being built in the Marin Headlands. With the backing of Gulf Oil, East Coast developer Thomas Frouge bought land and got approval from the Board of Supervisors in 1965 for the community of “Marincello.” The plan was to build high-rise apartments and homes to house 25,000 people on 2,100 acres in the Marin Headlands between Forts Cronkhite, Barry and Baker and the city of Sausalito. But the project became embroiled in legal issues and after a court ruling against the plan, Marin supervisors said they would no longer support Marincello. Gulf Oil dropped its backing by 1970. Eventually the land was sold to the Nature Conservancy and it became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Sausalito attorney Doug Ferguson was involved in that fight and has jumped into the fray over the 44 Wolfback Ridge Road issue. He said the home design doesn’t fully conform with a 1997 binding legal settlement that requires, among other things, that a development be “subordinate to existing hillside and ridge line forms.” “It’s part of the rules of the road,” he said. As for his opinion of the specter of a house going up next to land he once fought so hard to save: “It makes me want to cry,” he said. by Taboola Sponsored Links From The Web The 20 Richest Actresses in the World Based on Net Worth POPHitz Forget Your 401K if You Own a Home (Do This) Easy Loan Site Quotes Incredible Military Issued Flashlight Now Available To Public G700 Tactical Flashlight 30 Terrifying Trails Active Junky David N. Swaim Tam Realty Inc Owner DRE#1070789 415-710-5504 609 San Anselmo Ave San Anselmo CA 94960 www.tamrealty.com Serving all of Marin County

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