Docktown FAQ

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Note: The City of Redwood City consulted with State Senator Jerry Hill, State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and State Lands Commission staff to prepare this information, originally published August 15, 2016.

  • History

    • How can the community provide input related to the Docktown Plan?

    • How is the City involved with the Docktown Marina?

    • Other communities, like Sausalito, let people live in marinas. Why is this a problem at Docktown?

    • Were members of the Docktown community given permanent rights to live there?

    • What activities are allowed at Docktown?

    • What is happening with respect to the environmental testing required by the settlement?

    • What laws prohibit residential use at Docktown?

    • What options has the City explored with the State Lands Commission?

    • When could residential uses at Docktown Marina end?

    • Why are the State Lands Commission and City concerned with subleases and transferring of ownership of boats at Docktown Marina?

    • Why did the City hire a relocation expert? Shouldn’t the City efforts be focused on keeping Docktown where it is?

    • Why is the City enforcing State law now?

    • Will relocated Docktown tenants be compensated?

  • Implementation

    • As of January 2018, what is the status of tenant relocation at Docktown?

    • Can tenants receive relocation benefits while pursuing claims against the City?

    • Can tenants sell or relocate their property?

    • Can tenants with school-age children stay until the end of the school year?

    • Did the appraiser include a demolition cost in the appraisals for barge-based dwellings?

    • Do all tenants have the same timeline for moving from Docktown?

    • Have appraisals been provided to tenants at Docktown?

    • How does someone qualify for benefits under the Docktown Plan?

    • How does the City make an offer to buy property?

    • How were property values assessed?

    • Is there another option for Docktown tenants at the Port of Redwood City?

    • What benefits can tenants receive under the Docktown Plan?

    • What can tenants do if they believe they are not receiving the benefits due to them under the Docktown Plan?

    • What if an owner disagrees with the value set by the appraiser?

    • What options do property owners have for moving their property from Docktown?

    • What was decided at the January 8, 2018 City Council meeting?

    • Why are the Docktown Plan implementation costs above the City’s original projections?

    • Will the hearing officer determine whether tenants should receive benefits outside of the Docktown Plan?

  • Other

    • Could 10% of Docktown Marina berths be designated for residential use for marina security?

    • Could affordable housing or live/work housing be located at Docktown Marina?

    • Has the City been sued regarding the Docktown Plan?

    • Is the Docktown Marina Subject to the Same Obligations as the Petaluma Marina?

    • What development is currently proposed near Docktown? Would this development displace Docktown?

    • Will the City be pursuing special legislation to keep Docktown Marina open?