About the Project
The Miller Avenue “Streetscape” refers to roadway and sidewalk elements located in the public right of way, including sidewalks, bike lanes, travel lanes, curb areas, medians and landscaping.
The overall goal of developing a Miller Avenue Streetscape Plan is to make Miller Avenue a safe, efficient, and enjoyable street for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, transit users, business people, shoppers and visitors. Likewise, the Miller Avenue roadway design must balance the needs and functions of the street--as a transportation thoroughfare, a healthy commercial district, respectful neighbor & social gathering place.
The landscape and natural environment along Miller Avenue is also instrumental in defining the character of the City, and important component of the street. The streetscape design should honor the natural context in which Miller Avenue and Mill Valley are situated; connecting Mount Tamalpais to the Bay, harmonizing with the surrounding natural environment, and relating to the adjacent creek. The design should also recognize the distinctive character of different stretches of the street and allows for variations in the streetscape, while maintaining an overall internal aesthetic characterized by a tree lined, green street.
In January 2010, Wallace, Roberts & Todd (WRT) was selected to assist the community in finalizing a streetscape Plan for Miller Avenue. WRT is currently in its final phase of the 3-phased process for developing a streetscape design for Miller Avenue. In July 2011 the Streetscape Plan was adopted by City Council.
The Miller Avenue Streetscape Project extends from Sunnyside to Almonte-- approximately 1.8 miles. Click here for a larger image of the rooms below.
There are five "rooms" within this project area that characterize the look and feel of the area along the street. These characteristics will be used to create guidelines and policies for each distinct "room." Overall concept plan.
|Sunnyside to Millwood
||"Over the Creek & Through the Woods"
||This area provides a connection to Mill Valley's Downtown. For the preliminary conceptual design options developed by the project team, click here.|
||Millwood to Willow
||"In the Neighborhood"
This area is mainly characterized by its residential, multi-family housing units and small-scale local business services and institutions, such as dental offices and churches. For the preliminary conceptual design options developed by the project team, click here.
||Willow to Reed
||"The Heart of Miller Avenue"
||The hub of activity along Miller. Local-serving businesses define this area, including Whole Foods, 2am Club, Marin Theater Company and Joe's Taco Lounge--to name a few! For the preliminary conceptual design options developed by the project team, click here.|
||Reed to Camino Alto/Almonte
||"Welcome to Mill Valley"
||One of the two entrances into the City from U.S. 101, providing the first impression of Mill Valley. For the preliminary conceptual design options developed by the project team, click here.|
||"Our Connection to the Bay"
||This segment of Miller Avenue serves as Mill Valley’s connection to the San Francisco Bay, its neighboring community of Tam Valley, and U.S. 101. This area includes Tamalpais High School, the Redwoods retirement community and cluster housing adjacent to the multi-use pathway and creek. For the preliminary conceptual design options developed by the project team, click here.|