Welcome to the Town of Fairfax! Whether you are a long-time or new resident, a visitor, or doing business with our community, we welcome you and hope you will find this website a useful resource.
FREE Green House Calls from Rising Sun Energy Center
Free, no-cost energy and water assessments from Rising Sun’s California Youth Energy Services (CYES) are available to all Marin residents (renters and owners of all income levels) this summer. CYES will check your home for efficiency, install energy and water-saving equipment, and provide personalized recommendations for further savings. They may install equipment like energy-efficient lighting (CFLs and LEDs), high-efficiency aerators for bath and kitchen sinks, showerheads, LED nightlights, SMART power strips, and more – all for FREE. Visit www.risingsunenergy.org or call 510-665-1501 ext. 5 to schedule your appointment.
Go Green Get Green Fairfax – an Incentive Program to Help100 Fairfax Households Pay for 100% Renewable Energy
Starting February 26, the first 100 people to sign up for MCE's Deep Green 100% Renewable Energy service in Fairfax will get a $5 credit each month for 12 months on their electricity bill to cover the additional monthly cost of Deep Green. Even better, the typical household will reduce over 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide in a year by using 100% non-polluting Green-e Energy certified wind and solar power.
This unique Fairfax program is funded in full by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality District, in partnership with the Town of Fairfax and the Fairfax Climate Action Committee. Learn more and sign up: www.mceCleanEnergy.org/Fairfax or 1 (888) 632-3674.
Measure A Parcel Tax: Low-income Senior Exemption
The Measure A parcel tax was put before the registered voters of Marin County as a General Election ballot measure on November 4, 2014, and passed with 67.14% approval. The taxes are used to replace Marin County's aging emergency communications system. Low-income seniors can apply for an exemption to this parcel tax. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2016.
To learn more and to download an application, please visit the Marin Emergency Radio Authority. Alternatively, click the following links for the application and FAQs, or they are also available for pick up at Fairfax Town Hall, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax.
Newly Adopted Ordinances
The Town Council adopted two ordinances at their regular meeting on April 6th. Ordinance 796 modifies Town Code Chapter 17.132 (“Water Conservation”) by reducing the effective flush volume to 1.28 gallons for newly installed toilets and for toilets on properties involved in sale or transfers. Ordinance 801 amends Town Code Chapter 12.44 (“Street Trees and Shrubs”), to clarify the liability of property of owners of property abutting the sidewalk area.
2010-2030 General Plan
Interested in viewing the Town's General Plan? It was approved in April 2012. Click the following links to read the documents: 2010-2030 General Plan | Appendices | Revised Appendix: Matrix
2015 Housing Element Update
The certified Housing Element in the General Plan was updated and adopted by the Town Council on May 27, 2015, and conditionally accepted by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
Storm drain blocked? Streetlight out? Tree limb in road?
No problem! Use our “iworks” program to report an issue directly to our Public Works Department and track your request. Send a Public Works Maintenance Request
Town Budget Available Online
Please visit the Town’s Finance department to see both current and past budgets. The Town’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.
Town Hall offices will be closed Monday, May 30th in observation of Memorial Day.
Town Council Meeting, 7pm
Where: Women's Club, 46 Park Road (map)
Description: Regular meeting. Open to the public.
Watch it live! On Comcast Channel 27 or AT&T Channel 99
Or on your computer (click here)
Public Notice 1 | Public Notice 2
Regular Meeting Agenda and Packet
Ross Valley Seniors, 11:00am – 1:50pm
Where: Women's Club, 46 Park Road (map)
Description: Membership discussions, sharing your favorite books to read. What's new from the library plus interesting reading recommendations from Michael Whyte from BookSmith.
Please RSVP to Dana at (415) 258-4669 for lunch reservations.
Artist in Residence Open Studios
Sat, June 4, 10am – Sun, June 5, 11am
WherePavilion, Elsie Lane at Bank Street
Description: Open Studio to meet Fairfax Artist in Residence, Sawyer Rose. Times to be confirmed.
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There are many resources available to assist you in preparing for a disaster.
- ReadyMarin.org: guidance, classes, CERT training, and resources on emergency preparedness for citizens.
- Ross Valley Fire Department: comprehensive information on how to prepare for and handle certain events
- Fairfax flood siren FAQ: what to do when you hear the siren.
- Fairfax Creek Cam: 24/7 live feed of the creek under Town Hall.
- Free sand and sand bags for residents: in the Pavilion parking lot prior to storms.
Our on-line Community Forum (run by Peak Democracy) is where you can express your opinion for decision-makers to read. Although the recent three surveys (below) have closed, you’re invited to read what residents have commented on the topics:
- Short term and vacation rentals in Fairfax
- Regulating cultivation of marijuana for personal medical use
- Regulating delivery of marijuana for personal medical use
To go to the Community Forum, please click here.
Temporary Art Exhibit at the Parkade Parking Lot
Please check out the silhouettes on display at the downtown parkade. This art installation was created by "Peaceman", a local Fairfax contractor. The artwork was approved by the Town's Parks & Recreation Commission in March. The display will be featured until June 20th, so don't miss it!
Fairfax Festival – June 11 & 12- 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Town of Fairfax turns into a giant block party on the weekend of the Fairfax Festival! Spectacular music, food, arts & crafts, unique flea market, and entertainment. The parade kicks off at 10:00 sharp, starting from Broadway & Pacheco, and making its way down Broadway to Bolinas. Following that, there are bands in Bolinas Park, Peri Park, and outside of the Pavilion, at Ecofest. The ball field is the site for children’s activities, with additional food booths, games, and entertainment. Don’t miss the best event of the year! For more info, go to www.fairfaxfestival.com. View flyer
Request for Proposals Issued
Azalea Avenue Bridge Replacemen
This request is closed. Proposals were due by 11:00 AM March 9, 2016. Click here to view the RFP.
Fairfax Farmers Market is Back -
Wednesdays in Bolinas Park!
Spring is here and so is the Wednesday Farmers Market in Bolinas Park, every week from 4 to 8 pm. Come down and mingle with your neighbors, buy farm-fresh produce, and maybe grab a bite to eat under the redwoods. The year-round Farmers Market will continue to run Sundays from 10am to 2pm in the Fairfax Library parking lot.
Upcoming Bridge Repair/Maintenance Projects
The Town of Fairfax has begun a multi-year project to rehabilitate five bridges spanning the Fairfax and San Anselmo Creeks. We are committed to a public process, and have created a project website www.fairfaxbridges.com where you can get more information, see upcoming events, join the project email list, and submit your comments.
Volunteer Board: 3 vacancies
3-year terms (3 years)
General Plan Implementation Committee: 1 vacancy
Term of Office: undefined
Fairfax Open Space Committee: 2 vacancies
Term of office: 4 years
Vacancies are effective immediately. Applicants are requested to attend one committee meeting prior to applying. Please click here for information and application materials.
Smart Meter Update
Interested in information on the Town's actions regarding Smart Meters? For more information click here.
Wood Smoke Pollution
For an excellent overview of the health and environmental hazards of wood smoke pollution, please watch this 3-minute video, which was shown at the March 4, 2015, Town Council Meeting
Fairfax is Age-Friendly!
Fairfax has been accepted as a member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. Please check out our profile page on Age-friendly World.
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing Program
PACE is an affordable way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water upgrades to residential and commercial buildings. Property owners can finance up to 100% of the project, for up to 30 years, as a tax assessment on their property bill. The assessment obligation may be assumed by the new owner upon property sale, and under most leases, can be shared with tenants. For information check out MCE’s PACE FAQs or visit the MCE Finance Finder Tool.