When the Nicasio Land Owners Association, Inc. (NLOA) was founded in 1961, it stated the following key goals in its Articles of Incorporation:
- To aid in the preservation of the beauty of the Nicasio area
- To study the possible future development and planning of the Nicasio area so as to take advantage of the natural beauty and topography of the area,
- To assist so that the Nicasio area may develop in a pleasing, well planned and orderly manner
- While recognizing that the development of the Nicasio area is inevitable and while not desiring to impede progress, to aid so that the future development is accomplished in a manner that will enhance the value of the community and preserve as much as possible its natural beauty.
Still guided by these objectives, the NLOA uses specific tools in order to evolve with the changing needs of both our local area and Western Marin County. The NLOA:
- Provides a voice on County policy initiatives and the development proposals that affect the Nicasio area.
- The NLOA created “Development and Design Guidelines for the Nicasio Valley Planning Area.” These Guidelines were then adopted by Marin County in 1997 as the standards by which the county is to evaluate development applications in our community.
- In order to have a consistent, knowledgeable interface between the community and the county planning staff, the NLOA created the Nicasio Design Review Board. Design Review Board volunteers evaluate the conformance of development applications using the Design Guidelines, and provide the county with a local interpretation of whether a project meets the standards set out by the community.
Today, the NLOA is continues its work in many areas. Currently, there are committees dedicated to the following tasks, including but not limited to:
BROADBAND: A committee formed to establish demand and solutions for high-speed internet. Register with our partner, Inyo Networks, to pursue Broadband for your household!
- NICASIO SQUARE: The use and maintenance of the Nicasio Square
The NLOA manages the Nicasio Filming Policy, to insure that groups drawn to Nicasio’s beauty for advertising and theatrical productions do not disrupt the flow of the community, and to reimburse the community for the use of the Square.
- WATER: Establishing short and long term solutions for residential water sources and shared tools/systems/partnerships in times of drought
- CLEAN-UP DAY: The NLOA sponsors annual community clean up day. See Community Calendar for this year's date.
- NICASIO.NET: Maintaining and overseeing the town website
- The NLOA coordinates closely with county agencies regarding land-use and planning issues that could affect the valley. This includes the recent placement of signs at the square limiting parking on weekends to insure that residents could retain access.
The NLOA is a membership organization, with policy making made by all dues paying landowners in Nicasio. It holds its annual meeting in the spring of each year, where it elects its Board of Directors. The Board meets quarterly to discuss issues and projects affecting the community.
Board of Directors
Download the NLOA Bylaws
Download the NLOA's Position Paper on Commercial Slaughter (February 1, 2017)
The current board members are:
- Stephen Lewis, President
- Jennie Golde, Vice President
- William Joost, Treasurer
- Thomas Wood, Secretary
- Rocky Shone
- Guy Phillips
- Sue Kline
- Caroline Bolthouse
- Chris Thomas
The Board members can be reached at NicasioLandOwnersAssociation@gmail.com
Annual Meeting: May 4, 2017 at Rancho
February 28, 2017: Download Minutes
For more information on the upcoming meetings you may email NicasioLandOwnersAssociation@gmail.com
Pay Annual Dues/ Make a contribution
Only members who are current in their payment of annual dues ($70) are allowed to vote at the Annual Meeting. In order to pay dues you may click on the "contribute" button below to be redirected to paypal. Or, you may send your check, made payable to the:
Nicasio Land Preserve
PO Box 532
Nicasio, CA 94946
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