History of the Saucelito Creek Wildlife Refuge

Note that the Lincoln-Butte Parcel was renamed the Saucelito Creek Wildlife Refuge in July 2018.

  • 1995 – The City of Sausalito acquires 50% of Lincoln-Butte Parcel from the Estate of Ruth Perego. The Hunt family retains its 50% share of the property.
  • 2011 – Lincoln-Butte Parcel is considered for R-3 upzoning to accommodate 17 to 87 units as part of the city’s Housing Element.
  • 2011 – The neighborhood protests upzoning and high density development of Lincoln-Butte Parcel citing its use as a wildlife habitat.
  • 2012 – Despite public outcry, the City Council majority includes the Lincoln-Butte parcel on the list of potential developable sites in the 2012 Housing Element.
  • 2013 – Yielding to public concern, the City Council creates the Butte Street Task Force to research and recommend to council the best use of the property.
  • October 23, 2013 – The City Council agrees to the Task Force recommendation to preserve Lincoln-Butte Parcel as open space.
  • 2014 – Residents (not part of the City’s Task Force) create Open Space Sausalito to raise funds for the acquisition of Lincoln-Butte Parcel. OSS becomes a California nonprofit public benefit corporation and files for 501.c3 status.
  • April 2015 – the City Council approves by a 5-0 vote the plan to donate its half of Lincoln-Butte Parcel for open space if OSS raises the funds to purchase the remaining privately owned 50% of the parcel. The city’s task force fulfills its mission and is disbanded by the city council.
  • May 2015 – the board of Open Space Sausalito, headed by Bill Monnet, begins fundraising. Open Space Sausalito raises the funds to buy a $15,000 option to purchase the Lincoln-Butte Parcel which gives OSS the exclusive right until June 30, 2016 to purchase the private owners’ half-share for the remaining balance of $210,000.
  • June 15, 2016 – Open Space Sausalito purchases the privately owned half-interest in Lincoln-Butte parcel.
  • July 26, 2016 – the City Council votes 5-0 to approve the transfer of its half of Lincoln-Butte Parcel to Open Space Sausalito (OSS) on the condition that OSS grants a conservation easement on the property to Marin Open Space Trust (MOST).
  • August 2016 – OSS grants the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) a conservation easement which prohibits development of Lincoln-Butte and gives MOST responsibility for monitoring its preservation as open space.
  • August 30, 2016 – the MOST board approves the conservation agreement.
  • September 7, 2016 – the City Planning Commission votes 5-0 to approve the donation of the City’s share of Lincoln-Butte to OSS.
  • July 2018 – Open Space Sausalito renames Lincoln-Butte Parcel the Saucelito Creek Wildlife Refuge.

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