"What Have I Done?"
Apparently, one of the authors of the original 1973 county development plan feels some remorse for the mess he helped to create. He says that they didn't realize they were screwing around with the supply/demand equation. I say BS to that. My parents and their friends that I have spoken to all admit now that the unspoken truth at that time was that the county plan would cause property values to increase and that was a major reason for their voting in favor of it. What a crock.
In 1973, Gary Giacomini and Marjorie Macris helped to create the Marin Countywide Plan, a document that helped establish the county's growth patterns for three decades.
Both Giacomini and Macris agree that the plan succeeded in its original goal: to preserve the coastline, forests, hills and farms in the 606 square miles of unincorporated Marin from becoming overwhelmed by development.
And both agree that the plan also led to traffic gridlock and housing prices hardly anyone can afford - consequences county officials hope to address in the latest update to the document.
"In the '70s, I thought we were heroic in protecting the environment," said Giacomini, an attorney who served as a county supervisor for 25 years. "But I think it's a fair rap to say there were unintended consequences. We dramatically affected the supply and demand equation, and the result was a dramatic escalation in the price of housing. And there was the escalation of traffic because people couldn't afford to live or work here.
"As one of the architects of the plan, I have sometimes asked myself, 'What have I done?' "