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July 7, 2011
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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.
The 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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- 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
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Planning and Building on the Web
Contemplating that new home remodeling project? Visit the City's website for helpful tools and tips!
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
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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Blackie & Me - A Photo Contest
Entries Due August 15
Displayed @ the 2011 Art Festival
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Elisa Ignatius
Phone: (415) 945-1592
Concerts in the Park
July Concert - July 17 - 4 pm - 6 pm
Belvedere Community Park, Belvedere
This 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
ready for the 5th Annual Tiburon Art Festival on Historic Ark Row which
features 64 juried artists, live music, family entertainment and
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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