Docktown Marina Update Nov. 15

A brief update on the process and next steps related to Docktown Marina

The Draft Docktown Plan, which evaluates possible relocation options and recommends an assistance program for Docktown community members, is now available for public review here. Closing the Docktown Marina is required in order for the City to meet its legal obligation to allow full public access to the land on which the marina is located. The draft plan was written by relocation expert Overland, Pacific and Cutler, in part to help define and communicate important information about the Relocation Assistance Program to Docktown residents.

Recognizing that this transition will be challenging for people currently living at Docktown, the City has initiated a process to evaluate the specific individual needs of Docktown residents with the goal of providing reasonable relocation assistance, consistent with the City’s goals of equity and providing affordable housing assistance. The Draft Docktown Plan outlines a potential relocation assistance program for Docktown residents.

The draft plan provides information regarding the following:

• Relocation Assistance Program eligibility criteria

• Relocation advisory services, such as information on marina and land-based housing options

• Financial assistance, such as payment of moving and other associated relocation costs

• Opportunities to relocate Docktown dwellings to other marinas

• Offers to purchase Docktown dwellings based on the structure’s fair market value, in cases where a dwelling cannot be moved to another location

• Enhanced benefits for individuals who are disabled, low income, seniors, or veterans

The City is focused on ensuring a smooth transition for Docktown Marina community members. Staff from Overland, Pacific and Cutler will continue to seek to meet with Docktown residents to collect information about their particular circumstances, to determine their eligibility to participate in the relocation assistance program, and to collect feedback about the Draft Docktown Plan.

Providing Comments on the Draft Docktown Plan

A public meeting to discuss the plan will take place Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

Comments regarding the Draft Docktown Plan may be provided at this meeting or via email. Comments submitted electronically should be directed to docktownplan@redwoodcity.org and include “Draft Docktown Plan Comment” in the subject line. All comments must be received no later than Nov. 30, 2016 in order to be addressed in the Draft Docktown Plan which will be submitted to the City Council for consideration on Dec. 12, 2016. At its discretion, the City Council may elect to approve the Draft Docktown Plan as presented or make revisions to the plan. The City Council is obligated to adopt a Final Docktown Plan before Dec. 31, 2016.

The process of implementing the Final Docktown Plan will begin in early 2017. City officials expect that implementing the plan will take some time, and the City’s goal is to provide community members with a reasonable time frame to transition.