Ross Valley flood mitigation fee hike suspended

Homeowners this year will continue paying an average of $149.28 annually — up from about $125 per year when the fee was initiated. The fee for each property is related to how much stormwater runoff it generates.

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One of the major projects that the flood fee is intended to finance — an emergency stormwater diversion and retention basin — is advancing toward the construction phase. The county is seeking bids for the work until Aug. 6. Construction is set to begin in early September, according to Lewis.
The plan is to excavate a portion of the former Sunnyside Nursery property at 3000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., and build a basin to hold water diverted from the Fairfax Creek. The project is intended to reduce the risk of flooding downstream.
“It’s an exciting time for staff and for the community to actually see some of this groundwork begin in the Ross Valley,” Lewis told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The 33-acre basin is one of three main components to the planned San Anselmo flood control project, which is paid for in part by the flood fee. The project, which is estimated to cost about $19.3 million, also includes the removal of a building and bridge at 634-636 San Anselmo Ave. in San Anselmo that partially obstructs the flow of San Anselmo Creek, and flood mitigation measures on downstream homes in Ross that might be at increased risk of flooding due to the removal of the San Anselmo building.
The building was demolished in May. Town officials decided to expedite that portion of the project during the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to minimize disruption for downtown businesses, many of which were closed due to county restrictions.

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