The updated Marin Countywide Plan was adopted November 6, 2007. The updated plan continues to promote leading edge strategies started in 1974, when Marin County set in place policies that prevented runaway development and protected open space. By focusing on sustainability, this update to the Marin Countywide Plan also serves as a model for other communities to address the impending climate change crisis - including assessing greenhouse-gas emissions, setting targets to reduce emissions, and programs to plan for and adapt to projected sea level rise.
The Countywide Plan reflects Marin’s environmental sensibility including the benefits of providing more affordable housing near public transportation and jobs. The plan also recognizes that Marin cannot just build its way out of fossil-fuel addiction and must also retrofit existing buildings and increase the use of fuel-efficient transportation to realize a significant energy reduction. The plan calls for environmentally friendly building techniques and energy-efficiency standards in excess of state requirements. Other innovations include the goal of reducing our ecological footprint to Western European levels, and using benchmarks to track our progress in implementing the plan.
Marin County strove to be green well before it became fashionable. The 2007 Countywide Plan will help us to be greener well into the 21st century.
How to Get a Copy of the Plan and Executive Summary:
You may view and download a free copy of both the full version Countywide Plan and the Executive Summary from this site.
Digital and Printed copies available:
To request your preferred version of the plan, contact Sharon Silver at
- Countywide Plan- Full version CD-ROM available at no charge (FREE)*
- Countywide Plan- Full version printed copy - $50 will call or $55 includes shipping*
- Countywide Plan Executive Summary - $25 will call or $30 includes shipping*
- *Please note: unfortunately we cannot ship to locations outside the United States at this time.
To receive a paper copy of either the full version or summary, send in a check (payable to County of Marin) with your shipping details to:
Marin County CDA - Planning Division
Attn: Sharon Silver
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 308
San Rafael, CA 94903
New see-it™ Viewer
The County of Marin has launched a simplified and highly accessible new web-based version of the Countywide Plan metrics. A new strategic planning tool called see-it™ developed by Real Living Solutions, which is being adopted by a number of North America cities, was used to integrate the comprehensive 750-page Countywide Plan into a single online accessible resource which will allow community members, county and city staff and other stakeholders to track the progress of targets.
The innovative Countywide Plan is part of Marin County’s mission to support sustainable communities and to encourage meaningful participation in governance. The Plan is built on community-defined principles of sustainability and incorporates indicators and targets in three areas: Natural Systems & Agriculture, the Built Environment, and Socioeconomic Systems.
The see-it™ tool will facilitate and enhance public outreach and will allow community members to follow Marin’s progress towards achieving its goals, long into the future.
As you enter the see-it™ program you will be brought to a home page which displays a central globe graphic surrounded by high-level topics in the three elements of the plan. These topics will display a score (between a minimum of 1 and a maximum 10) and a color (red, amber or green) dependent on how well we are doing against our goals. You can click on these topic areas to explore the sub-level section areas and goal scorecards which include the performance data, targets and background information.
Please click here to enter the Marin Countywide Plan see-it™ viewer.
2010 UPDATE: Please be patient as we work with our partners to update the status of the Plan's metrics.
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For More Information:
Contact Kristin Drumm at KDrumm@marincounty.org or call (415) 473-6290.