Frequently asked questions
How can the Fairfax town council be considering a gas station and convenience store in the middle of our downtown?
It's incredible, isn't it? But it's true. This site has all the information we could find about this project, which is currently under public review. If you don't want this to be approved, now is the time to act! Go to the ACTION page for details.
Wasn't it a Chevron gas station before? So what's different now?
Yes, this site was a gas station in the past. But since then the town has passed a new general plan that calls for a focus on sustainability, mass transit, and independent businesses. The site has been cleaned up. Do we want to turn back the clock? Or do we want to envisage something that would benefit Fairfax far more than a gas station and convenience store?
One possibility is that a possible new road, cutting through that site to link Sir Francis Drake and Bank Street, to alleviate the congestion in the center of town. But this proposal would nix that and add to congestion instead, bringing between 1500 and 5000 more cars through the town center per day!
Will this get us cheaper gas?
The owner of the site claims he will bring cheaper gas to Fairfax. But on the night of the town council meeting, we checked the gas price situation: gas at the local independent Dino station in Fairfax was 3 cents a gallon CHEAPER than at the nearest Chevron in San Rafael. Our independent gas station was already selling cheaper gas than the nearest Chevron!
What's the problem?
We believe there are many problems with this proposal. One is increased traffic: up to 5000 cars per day visiting the gas station have to go through the intersection at the center of town. For our top ten reasons not to approve this proposal, click here.
Won't this bring in tax revenue for Fairfax?
Yes, it will. But we believe it will also take revenue from other businesses in Fairfax, thereby reducing the amount of tax revenue the town gets from them. We also think an extra 5000 cars a day will negatively impact businesses in the town center, and reduce their tax revenue too. Net result = not so good for Fairfax.
What happened at the Town Council meeting on December 4, 2013?
The council postponed their decision and arranged for another public hearing on Wednesday January 15, 2014, at 7pm, at the Fairfax Women's Club.
We did it!! THANK YOU.
After the meeting on January 15th, the council voted a motion to create a response which would reject this proposal. That motion will be voted at the next town council meeting.
The public hearings are now closed and we believe that we have won!
Watch this space and the Facebook page for details.
What we need
Now our town needs the money we would have got from the Chevron project--are you willing to get involved in helping Fairfax raise revenue? Let us know on the Facebook page.
Who are we?
We are a group of concerned citizens. Nothing more. Nothing less. You can join us, and we hope you will.
- Over 100 people attended the December 4th council meeting and many of them spoke their opinions to the council.
- Over 500 people have joined the No Chevron in Fairfax Facebook group.
- Over 700 people have signed the petition.
Who are we? We are local democracy in action!