Wall Property Acquisition


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Wall Property Acquisition
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Conservancy provided $500,000 to the Town of Fairfax to acquire the approximately 100-acre Wall Property in Marin County for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of natural resources, wildlife habitat, open space, California Native American tribal cultural resources, and compatible public access. The Wall Property is the last large remaining undeveloped hillside parcel in the Ross Valley watershed and was identified as a Priority Conservation Area by the Fairfax Town Council and the Association of Bay Area Governments under the One Bay Area process in 2015 for “benefits to terrestrial ecosystems, water supply and quality, compact growth, community health, recreation.” Acquisition of the Property secured the neighboring communities’ access to a network of regional trail systems. The trails and fire roads on the Property are a gateway to open space areas from downtown Fairfax along a public transit route. There is also access from bordering San Anselmo neighborhoods and the Hawthorne Canyon Open Space Area. The Property’s location provides access to Point Reyes to the west, Novato to the north, and the Baylands to the east.

Contact Information

Sara Haugen
Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets
End of Marinda Drive
Total Acres

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CCR Title 14, Section 15325
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from CEQA under California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15325, which exempts acquisition of land to preserve open space and habitat, with examples including acquisition to preserve existing natural conditions, to allow restoration of natural conditions and to preserve lands for park purposes
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