Fixing Our Roads 

Measure C Road Repair Community Meetings

Measure C, the Larkspur Street Repair and Essential City Services Measure, overwhelming passed in November 2013. The five-year measure implemented a sales tax to help address Larkspur’s aging and deteriorating neighborhood streets and roads, pothole repair needs, and help fund essential city services, such as maintaining police and fire protection.

In July, the City Council will consider whether to place a renewal of Measure C on the November 2017 ballot. A recent community survey indicated that the poor condition of our roads remains a top priority of the community, along with maintaining public safety and improving our storm drain system.

Because Measure C has a short-term, the City has been careful to maximize the impact of taxpayer dollars. Much work has been accomplished, but the need exceeds the funding Measure C provides.

We invite you to attend a presentation about how Measure C dollars have been put to work in the community and how renewing the sales tax can empower the City to accelerate road repairs and fix every public street in Larkspur, while still supporting other essential needs, such as 911 response and protecting the Bay from stormwater runoff.

On May 2, the presentation will be at 6:30pm in the City Council Chambers at 400 Magnolia Avenue. We will discuss Measure C generally, as well as the specific challenges we face in the neighborhoods around Downtown Larkspur.

On May 9, the presentation will be at 6:30pm at the Community Room at the Central Marin Police Building, 250 Doherty Drive. We will discuss Measure C generally, as well as the specific challenges we face in the neighborhoods along Doherty Drive.

On May 22, the presentation will be at 9:30am in the Central Marin Police Building, 250 Doherty Drive. We will discuss Measure C generally, and highlight some of the more difficult road issues the City faces.

On May 30, the presentation will be at 6:30pm in the at the Central Marin Police Building, 250 Doherty Drive. We will discuss Measure C generally, as well as the specific challenges we face in Greenbrae and the other neighborhoods north of Corte Madera Creek.

To learn more about the City's road repair program visit:

Residents with questions can contact the City at 496-2401, or email

FY2016-17 Pavement Maintenance Project is out to bid!

This year's pavement project is currently out to bid to prospective contractors.  Bids are due back on May 9th and the City Council will consider awarding a contract to the low bidder on May 17th for work to commence in June of this year.  The following streets are included in the project:
  • Acacia Ave (Elm to end)
  • Chanticleer Ave (William to Meadowood)
  • Diane Ln (William to Midway)
  • Elm Ave (135 Elm to Palm)
  • Frances Ave (Magnolia to Briar/Estelle)
  • Garden Way (William to Heather)
  • Hawkins Way (Meadowood to end)
  • Heather Way (Diane to Chanticleer)
  • Hillcrest Ave (Frances to fire road)
  • Liberty St (Midway to Diane)
  • Loma Vista Ave (Elm to Alexander)
  • Madrone Ave (Onyx to Orange)
  • Meadowood Dr (E. Ward to end)
  • Midway Rd (Heather to Diane)
  • Niven Way (Meadowood to end)
  • Palm Ct (Elm to end)
  • Ranch Ln (William to end)
  • S Green (William to end)
  • Taylor Ln (Alexander to City limit)
  • William Ave (Holcomb to Garden)
  • William Ave (Magnolia to Holcomb)
Several streets that had previously been identified to be included in this year's project have been deferred to next fiscal year.  Coordination with utility companies revealed projects scheduled for this year or early next year that require road excavation, and as such paving is being deferred to avoid cutting into new pavement.
The deferred streets are:  Alexander Ave (Acacia to Bayview); Bayview Ave (Pepper to Alexander); Elm Ave (Acacia to 135 Elm); Pepper Ave (Baltimore to Elm); William Ave (Garden to Diane).

2016-17 Pavement Project




The following construction documents are available for viewing. Please note that due to large file sizes, you may experience longer loading times.
We want to repair every road in Larkspur, but that will take time.  In a given year, roads are selected by evaluating:
  • their level of deterioration;
  • how heavily they are used;
  • and whether there is an opportunity to partner with utilities and other entities that want to do road work in the area this year. Partnering with utilities allows us to get a road repaired for fewer Larkspur dollars, leaving more money to spend on other roads.
Thank you for your support and continued patience!


​(Moratorium Street List)

The following list and map identify the street repairs recently completed:

This list also serves as the City's moratorium street list. Per the Larkspur Municipal Code §15.32.070, no excavation or pavement cutting shall be permitted on newly paved roads for a period of five years.
Measure C 2017 sign


Recent survey gives City good job ratings, comprehensive input on resident priorities 

 A recently-commissioned independent survey shows residents in the City of Larkspur give the City good job performance ratings, and want the City to accelerate street, road and pothole repair as its top priority.

The survey, conducted February 17th– March 1st 2017 by the respected firm of FM3 Research, was commissioned to assess current resident perspectives on community priorities and service needs.  Respondents continue to give the City consistently positive overall job ratings, with a strong majority of more than 2 to 1 giving the Larkspur excellent or good performance rankings. 

As much as 85% of respondents identified “repairing streets, roads and potholes,” as being the top priority, followed by maintaining police/fire protection and 911/emergency response services and repairing storm drains to prevent contaminated spills into the Bay.

“We greatly appreciate the time our residents took to give us this important feedback,” said Larkspur City Manager Dan Schwarz. “Our goal is to incorporate these perspectives into this year’s budget planning process so our financial strategies reflect the community’s priorities.”

Said Public Works Director Julian Skinner, “I am not surprised by this helpful input from our public.  When I am out in the community, people tell me they want the City to make pothole and road repairs faster—and I agree.  Doing so prevents further deterioration and lowers our future maintenance costs.  Unfortunately, many of Larkspur’s neighborhood streets are still riddled with cracks and potholes and we must address these hazardous conditions so our motorists, public transit, and public safety vehicles are not at risk.”

The City commissioned the survey to get input on resident satisfaction with city services, service priorities, and community perspectives on renewing voter-approved local Larkspur funding. The survey indicated the public would support renewal of Larkspur’s existing voter-approved funding program at percentages as high as the low 70 percentiles (for a simple majority requirement measure) to continue to address infrastructure needs and vital services.

The City regularly surveys its residents to measure satisfaction and to gauge community priorities as it relates to City-provided services. The last survey taken was in 2013.

“Police and fire services, pothole/road maintenance and disaster preparedness are essential to maintaining our safety and quality of life,” continued Schwarz. “It’s incredibly helpful to know that residents not only value these services, but want more of them.  We are working on a plan to make accelerating street infrastructure repair our top priority, and we look forward to keeping the community informed.”

Survey Findings Summary
Final Report

Pavement Management

Larkspur is committed to improving the safety and quality of our roadway system. In recent years, the City Council has taken steps to increase revenues and direct monies to our roads.  

Vehicle Impact Fees (VIF)

The City has fees, called vehicle impact fees (VIF), in place that charge garbage and large construction trucks for their impact to our roads.  

Partnering with Utility Agencies
The City coordinates with utilities such as RVSD, MMWD and PG&E, for their improvement projects that require road excavation. These agencies pay the City for in-lieu pavement restoration fees, which are then applied to future year's pavement project. Partnering with utilities allows us to get a road repaired for fewer Larkspur dollars, leaving more money to spend on other roads.

Measure C

In November 2013, the citizens of Larkspur approved Measure C, an increase of a half-cent to our general sales tax revenue. The Measure C half-cent sales tax went into effect on April 15, 2014.

City Council adopted a policy to expend a minimum of 80% of Measure C funds toward pavement maintenance. Each year, a Citizen's Oversight Committee works with City staff to recommend a specific funding level for the coming year.

For Fiscal Years 2014-15 and 2015-16, the funding level is 95% of Measure C revenue.  (The other 5% is being used to establish a fund for the Fire Department to work with property owners who live on our hillside roads and have vegetation that is a fire threat and affects the ability for vehicles to pass.)  

The strategy on road maintenance for use of Measure C funds is, "direct use of funds only to repair aging and deteriorating neighborhood streets and roads, repair potholes, clear hazardous and flammable brush to prevent fires and improve emergency vehicle access, and maintain police and fire protection."  
Background Information on Measure C (

Public Works Operating Budget 2017-18

Budget Presentation

Source of Funding

  • Measure C (estimated to be $1.1MM for roads in FY15-16)
  • Construction Vehicle Impact Fee (FY15-16 estimate $75,000, dependent on building permits)
  • Refuse Vehicle Impact Fee (FY15-16 $389,000)
  • Utility agency partnering (approximately $105,000 in FY15-16 from RVSD)
  • Measure A & B Allocation for local roads and infrastructure (has been used in past years. No allocation for FY15-16)

How are funds used

Roadway and infrastructure maintenance funds from the above referenced funding sources are used to maintain pavement, storm drains, street signs and pavement markings, and concrete in the public right of way.

Funds are used for engineering, permitting, staff time, city crews to repair streets and storm drains, contractors to perform work and inspection and testing services.