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Mill Valley 2040 General Plan

Update!  The City is currently reviewing applications from the local community  interested in serving on a Zoning and Design Guideline Advisory Committee to assist the community in developing updates to the City of Mill Valley's Municipal Code, specifically related to Title 20 "zoning" and design guidelines for commercial and multi-family zoned areas. Work is anticipated to begin April/May 2014. 

Project Overview

The City's General Plan serves as a basis for decisions that affect all aspects of our community's daily lives such as transportation, land use, streets and infrastructure, parks, housing and neighborhoods, recreation and community facilities, downtown, the environment, public health and safety, education, and flooding. The General Plan is a strategic and long term document identifying goals and polices that guides and directs the City in terms of implementing policies, programs and resources. As required by State law, the City of Mill Valley's General Plan includes the following "elements": land use, mobility, housing, natural environment (including open space and conservation), community vitality (including arts & culture), climate action, noise, and hazards and public safety.

On October 7, 2013 the Mill Valley City Council finalized its review of the Mill Valley General Plan ("MV2040") and formally approved the project by certifying the environmental review and adopting the MV2040 General Plan and 2009-2014 Housing Element.  Go to "documents and links" to download the final document. (Note: small clarifications are still being made to the document).


The two primary goals of the General Plan remain the same as established in the 1989 General Plan, and are:
1. To protect and enhance the natural beauty and small town character of Mill Valley; and
2. To encourage continued diversity of housing, income levels and lifestyles in the community.

The General Plan community values are intended to guide the overall framework and decision making for the General Plan, and have been updated based on community input and feedback from the General Plan Advisory Committee.

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Mill Valley Community Values...

  • Maintaining a strong, healthy economy that supports locally owned and local serving businesses;
  • Prudent municipal fiscal policies and practices and operational excellence by city officials and employees;
  • Managing and restoring the scenic quality and physical character of the bayfront, ridgelines and hillsides for open space, resource protection and outdoor recreation;
  • Preserving and enhancing creeks, marshes, woodlands and other natural resources for the health of habitat and natural species, and the use and enjoyment of current and future generations;
  • Fostering sustainable policies and practices that enhance climate protection and adapt to climate change;
  • Minimizing traffic congestion and encouraging safe and convenient mobility alternatives;
  • Planning, preparing, adapting and responding to natural and human-made disasters;
  • Accommodating more housing choice for all income levels and community needs that may be possible under conditions int he private housing market;
  • Promoting the arts, artistic community and its ongoing and lasting contribution to the culture, heritage, character, economy and quality of life of the community;
  • Cultivating community participation, volunteerism, mutual respect, civil discourse and Civic responsibility;
  • Furthering excellence in public education and an open, effective and mutually supportive relationship among the community, public schools and the City.

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Last updated: 4/11/2014 10:01:30 AM