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July 7, 2011
Belvedere E-Notifications
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Tree Removal in Belvedere
Belvedere's trees are protected by the Design Review Ordinance because, given Belvedere's unique geography, they often provide screening, privacy, and shade.

tree removalThe Belvedere Municipal Code provides staff with the ability to exempt some tree removals from the requirements of Design Review; but not all.  When considering whether Design Review is required or whether the removal can be exempted, staff considers whether there are other trees in the area that will minimize the effects of the loss of the tree, if the tree is not native to the area, and if adjacent residents approve of the tree removal.  In these cases, staff can generally "exempt" the tree removal from the requirements of Design Review... 

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George Rodericks
City Manager

  • Tree Removal in Belvedere
  • Planning and Building on the Web
  • Blackie & Me TPF Photo Contest
  • MMWD Pipeline Project
  • Concerts in the Park
  • Details on the 2011 Art Festival & Plein Aire Competition
  • Sign-up for the 2011 Golf Tournament
  • Mark Your Calendar for A Night in Venice
Quick Links to the Web  
Planning and Building on the Web
Contemplating that new home remodeling project?  Visit the City's website for helpful tools and tips!

Building in Belvedere can be a challenge.  In addition to the City's unique geography, there are a host of other issues that must be addressed, such as height restrictions, privacy and view issues, setbacks, trees and tree removal, screening, design, lot coverage, floor area, historic architecture, archaeologic issues, staging and traffic plans, environmental concerns, and more!

To assist, the City created a number of flyers and brochures to help homeowners, design professionals, and contractors not only navigate the City's processes but also learn up front what other challenges and opportunities they might encounter along the way.  Reviewing this material in advance is very helpful as you begin your project. 

Not all City processes are created the same, and Belvedere's is no exception.  The local process has evolved over time but it originated, with all of its complexities, due to significant concern in the community that Belvedere's unique character was not being protected.  Residents addressed the Planning Commission and City Council and asked for a more restrictive process that better engaged the community in protecting local resources, architecture, and public amenities while simultaneously guiding homeowners in their private development projects to prevent the mansionizing of the community.  Design review was born. 

For large projects and complex small projects, staff encourages the use of design review professionals and contractors that have experience working in the City.  If your design professional or contractor does not have experience working in Belvedere, we encourage a visit to the City's website to review the "Guide for Planning and Building Permit Processing and Construction Requirements."  This comprehensive guide walks through all of the issues one might face when designing and constructing in Belvedere.  We also encourage that your design professional meet with staff early on in the process so that there are no surprises after significant expense has been incurred.

In addition to the Guide mentioned above, here are some links to other helpful resources on the City website:

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Recent Print Newsletter
Bella Belvedere Newsletter

Blackie & Me - A Photo Contest
Entries Due August 15
Displayed @ the 2011 Art Festival

Blackie and Me Photo ContestYoung photographers from kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to share their best photo of Blackie!  Although he is "the horse that stood still," there's a lot of action that happens around him.  

Submit your framed photo of Blackie by Monday, August 15 to Holscher Architecture, 1550 Tiburon Boulevard (on the Boardwalk).  Images will be displayed at the 2011 TIburon Art Festival set for August 27 & 28 on Main Street.  Please download the Blackie Form and attach it to the back of your photography.

MMWD Project To Replace Aging Sections of Pipeline in Belvedere & Tiburon

MMWD BannerThe Marin Municipal Water District has begun replacing 2,880 feet, or just over a half mile of pipe total, in Belvedere and Tiburon to eliminate old pipes prone to leaking.  In Belvedere, MMWD will replace 4-inch cast iron pipe installed in 1936 with 6-inch welded steel pipe on Toyon Avenue. MMWD also will replace 2-inch galvanized threaded pipe dating back to 1906 on Belvedere Avenue due to a history of leaks.  In Tiburon, MMWD will replace 8-inch cast iron pipe placed in 1939 with 12-inch welded steel pipe on Trestle Glen Boulevard in coordination with the town's street overlay plans.

The MMWD Board of Directors awarded a contract to W. R. Forde Associates of Richmond.  Construction is expected to be completed by early August. Both the contractor and MMWD will make every effort to minimize traffic disruptions during construction.  For more information about this project, please contact Dick Paulson at (415) 945-1569 or

Contact:  Elisa Ignatius
Phone: (415) 945-1592

Concerts in the Park
July Concert - July 17 - 4 pm - 6 pm
Belvedere Community Park, Belvedere

Santana Tribute Band PosterThis is the 14th Year of Concerts!  This year's season features tributes to Johnny Cash, Santana, Michael Jackson, and the Big Band Swing!  The Concerts-in-the-Park Committee is proud to present four fabulous and FREE Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this coming summer.  Please join us for every concert in Belvedere Community Park from 4 pm to 6 pm. 

All of the concerts are FREE to the public, and sponsored by individual and community tax deductible donations.  The Committee thanks the City of Belvedere and the Belvedere Community Foundation for their support for the last 13 years.  The Concerts Committee consists of Belvedere volunteers:  Anne Butler, Nancy Cappelloni, Christina Decker, Tina Dewey, Jack Doyle, Ginny Doyle, Roger Felton, Nena Hart, Maureen Johnson, Cissy Kirrane, Jeffery Stein, and Petey Stein.

Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time! 

This second concert is set for Sunday, July 17 at 4 pm:

Santana Tribute Band

2011 Tiburon Art Festival & Plein Aire Competition

August 27 & 28
11 am to 6 pm
Ark Row, Main Street

Art FestivalGet ready for the 5th Annual Tiburon Art Festival on Historic Ark Row which features 64 juried artists, live music, family entertainment and activities.  
NEW this year!! -- Tiburon Peninsula Plein Aire Competition
Local artists will be invited to paint "in the open air" on Saturday, August 27th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  
Jurors will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for cash prizes. The artwork will be displayed Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and will be available for purchase in a silent auction on Ark Row.   
This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase paintings of local scenes from local artists at very reasonable rates.  Artist applications and full details on the competition are available on the Tiburon Art Festival website, or call Cathleen Andreucci at 435-4355.

Visit the Festival Website for more details!


Tiburon Library PhotoBelvedere-Tiburon Open
Golf Tournament
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

San Geronimo Golf Course

Do you golf?  Do you enjoy a good day on the links?  Do you enjoy the company of friends? Competitors?  A good cause?

How about playing in the 2011 Belvedere-Tiburon Open Golf Tournament?  This year the beneficiary is the Belvedere-Tiburon Library - nothing like a good book!  Or an E-book! 

Play!  Sponsor!  Volunteer!   We'd love to have you! 

For more information, contact City Hall at (415) 435-3838 or the Library at (415) 789-2665.  You can also download a Sponsorship Form
or a Player Registration Form here!

A Night in Venice PosterA Night In Venice
October 8, 2011
China Cabin, Beach Road, Belvedere

This year's annual Landmarks event reaches back into the history of Belvedere and Tiburon to return Venice to the Beach Road Canal!  This magical celebration of song and lights first appeared in Belvedere in 1894 - that's right - 1894!  The breathtaking event spread across several days and involved nearly everyone in the community.  

Set to return in October 2011 for one night only, Landmarks invites you to visit Venice along Beach Road with music, food, celebration, lights, strolls along the canal, and yes, even gondola rides!  Mark your calendar now, October 8, 2011 - don't miss out!

For more details, visit the Landmarks website
or call the Landmarks Offices at (415) 435-1853.

Thanks for being a part of the City's E-Notifications!  E-Notifications are a resource of public information produced and distributed by the City of Belvedere. 

Sincerely ,

George Rodericks
City Manager
City of Belvedere



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