Report Cover - San Anselmo Economic Development Plan

BA Prepares Economic Development Plan & Strategies

This Economic Development Plan provides direction to residents, merchants and community leaders to improve San Anselmo’s economy and attract the types of businesses that will benefit the community. The document describes a range of actions that can help address business constraints and enhance the Town’s strengths through public services and programs, community marketing efforts, and physical improvements.

GOVERNANCE

HOW CAN PUBLIC SERVICES BE PROVIDED MORE EFFECTIVELY THROUGH REORGANIZATION, INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION OR TAX SHARING?

MUNICIPAL SERVICE REVIEWS AND SPECIAL STUDIES

>> Healthcare Services Municipal Service Review (view report) (view appendix)
>> Special Study of the Eden Township Healthcare District (view report)
>> Municipal Services Review of Fire Protection and EMS in Contra Costa County (view report)
>> Special Study of the Rollingwood Willart Park Recreation and Park District (view report)
>> Special Study of the West Contra Costa Healthcare District (view report)
>> San Mateo County Harbor District Municipal Service Review (in association with EPS) (view report)
>> Mt. Diablo Health Care District Special Study Governance Options (view report)
>> Special Study of the Saratoga Fire Protection District (view report)
>> Merced County LAFCO Service Reviews
>> Sonoma County Municipal Service Reviews

ANNEXATION AND TAX SHARING

>> San Juan Capistrano Water/Wastewater Fiscal Assessment (view report)
>> San Joaquin County Master Tax Sharing Agreement
>> Tiburon/Marin County Cooperative Agreement
>> Morgan Hill Fire District Annexation Feasibility Study (as Principal at EPS) (view report)
>> Annexation Impacts on Solano County Fire Districts: Property Tax Mitigation Options

INCORPORATION, DISTRICT FORMATION & GOVERNANCE OPTIONS

>> Plan for Services and Feasibility Study - Los Olivos Water Reclamation Options (view report)
>> Isla Vista Governance Options and Financial Analysis Study (in association with EPS) (view report)
>> Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA) for a Proposed City of East Los Angeles (as Principal at EPS) (view report)
>> Strategies for Municipal Independence: A Case Study of East Los Angeles (published in CALAFCO Sphere) (view report)
>> Initial Fiscal Analysis (IFA) for the West Ranch/Castaic/Tesoro Areas (as Principal at EPS) (view report)
>> Carmel Valley Incorporation Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA)
>> San Martin Initial Feasibility Analysis (IFA) and Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA)
>> Mark West Special District Plan of Service and Feasibility Analysis (as Principal at EPS) (view report)

FISCAL

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF LAND USE DECISIONS, PUBLIC POLICIES AND ECONOMIC TRENDS ON PUBLIC BUDGETS AND SERVICES?

DEVELOPMENT IMPACTS ON PUBLIC SERVICES, COSTS AND REVENUES

>> Balboa Reservoir Proposed Housing Development -- Findings of Fiscal Responsibility and Feasibility (view report)
>> Treasure Island Development Plan and Implementation
>> Fiscal Analysis of a New San Francisco Multi-Purpose Venue (as Principal at EPS) (view report)
>> Fiscal Analysis of Danville Annexation Areas (as Principal at EPS) (view report)
>> Findings of Fiscal Responsibility and Feasibility - Pier 70 Waterfront Site

PUBLIC REVENUE PROJECTIONS

>> Solano County Assessed Value and Property Tax Revenue Forecast
>> City of San Mateo Revenue Forecasts (as Principal at EPS) (view report)

ASSET MANAGEMENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMS

>> City of San Mateo Asset Management

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

>> Town of San Anselmo Economic Development Plan (view report)

PUBLIC FINANCE

HOW CAN PUBLIC FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS BY EFFICIENTLY FUNDED?

Finance Plans and Impact Fees

>> North Sycamore Financing Plan
>> San Luis Obispo County General Plan Complete Communities Survey
>> San Miguel Public Facilities Financing Plan (as Principal at EPS) (view report)
>> San Francisco Central SoMa Community Facilities Impact Fee Study

MARKET/FINANCIAL

WHAT FACTORS AND TRENDS INFLUENCE PROJECT FEASIBILITY?

Market Studies and Pro Forma Analysis

>> Economics of Second Units - Memo Prepared for the Town of San Anselmo Planning Commission (view report)
>> Agua Caliente Market Analysis and Feasibility Study (as Principal at EPS) (view report)
>> Yokohl Ranch Market Study
>> Financial and Market Review of Potential Galt Residential Development
>> San Francisco Central SoMa Community Facilities Impact Fee Study
>> Financial Feasibility Review of the Stonefire Residential Density Bonus (as Principal at EPS) (view report)

Richard Berkson
Richard Berkson,
Principal of Berkson Associates, believes that sound policies and strategies require careful consideration of causality, creative problem solving, and incentive-based solutions. His practice is founded on 30+ years of experience providing clear and concise fiscal and financial analysis. His approach is based on a solid understanding of local government organization (e.g., formation, annexation, and consolidation), capital improvement policy and programming, and urban economics (demographics, market & financial analysis).

Mr. Berkson was a founding partner of Economic and Planning Systems (EPS) and principal of EPS for over 32 years before forming Berkson Associates. He graduated from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Public Policy after studying at MIT and UC Berkeley as an undergraduate. He is an associate member of CALAFCO and has been active in the organization for several years. In his spare time he enjoys painting and microfarming, and holds a patent as inventor of a composting device.