Stafford Master Plan

A new vision for Stafford Lake Park informed by community collaboration.


Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration

On November 5, 2019, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact for the Stafford Lake Park Master Plan.

The proposed Stafford Lake Park Master Plan is a comprehensive long-term planning document that, after approval, will be used to guide future development of park facilities, improvements, and programs for at least the next 20 years. It was developed through extensive public engagement with a vision to provide features and programs that would draw diverse populations and activate underutilized areas of the park. The Master Plan includes recommendations to support outdoor recreation, general infrastructure, and circulation improvements and aims to protect natural, cultural, and recreational amenities that currently exist within the park. Specific improvements would be constructed incrementally over the life span of the Master Plan. Funding for implementation of the Master Plan recommendations will come from Measure A..

The Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It evaluated the potentially significant environmental impacts that could result from implementing the Master Plan recommendations and recommended mitigation measures to lessen the severity of identified potential impacts to a less-than-significant level. A draft Initial Study was originally circulated for the Master Plan in 2016. Some areas required additional consideration, so the documents were revised. The revised documents were provided for public review October 10 – November 13, 2018.  Changes to the Master Plan and Initial Study include removal of the following three recommendations: swimming lagoon, lake pavilion, and tree camping. Additionally, the biological resources chapter of the Initial Study was revised, including the substitution of mitigation measures, to provide clarification and more protective measures.