Permanent Farmers Market and Center for Food and Agriculture at the Marin Civic Center Campus


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Marin County
Document Title
Permanent Farmers Market and Center for Food and Agriculture at the Marin Civic Center Campus
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Zoning: P/QP – Public/Quasi-Public District General Plan Designation: Public - Quasi-Public
Document Description
The Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), in partnership with Marin County, is proposing to develop a portion of the Marin Civic Center Campus as a permanent location for the Marin Farmers Market and a new Center for Food and Agriculture. The Project location is the “Christmas Tree Lot,” a currently undeveloped portion of the Civic Center Campus located at the intersection of Peter Behr Drive and Civic Center Drive, in the northwesternmost part of the Campus, in the City of San Rafael. AIM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that currently operates a Farmers Market elsewhere on the Civic Center Campus two days per week. The Project would develop permanent facilities for AIM, including a covered market stall area, a visitor center, a small office building, a commercial kitchen, an educational building, restrooms, a food-storage container, and a walk-in refrigerator. The Project includes relocating the current Marin Farmers Market, which operates on Thursday and Sunday at parking lots within the Civic Center Campus, to the new location, and adding a third weekly market. When not in use, the market stall area would serve as a parking lot. The proposed buildings would house the Center for Food and Agriculture (“CFA”) and would be used for educational and other activities. These activities would include classes on food preparation and other topics related to food and agriculture, training workshops for producers, and an educational speakers series with chefs and farmers, with indoor capacity capped at 75 attendees. No activities would be allowed that would compete with activities at the Marin Center, described in the next section.

Contact Information

Tammy Taylor
Agency Name
Marin County
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Rafael
Cross Streets
Peter Behr Drive and Civic Center Drive
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Other Location Info
Marin County Civic Center Campus

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Other (Permanent Farmers Market Facilities)
Local Actions
Permanent Farmers Market Facilities
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Noise
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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