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MV2040 General Plan

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. To download the MV 2040 General Plan, go to "documents and links."

Implementation & Housing Element UPDATE

2015-2023 Housing Element Update: The City is in the process of updating its Housing Element.  On October 28, 2014 and January 27, 2015 Planning Commission reviewed the Draft Housing Element.  On January 27, 2015 Planning Commission unanimously recommended that City Council review and adopt the Draft Housing Element.  City Council review and adoption of the Housing Element is scheduled for April 6, 2015.   2015-2023 Housing Element ; Revised Maps for Appendix C to fix numbering error (3/22/15)

Zoning and Design Guideline Advisory Committee to Develop Multi-Family Design Guidelines and Development Standards:  Nine community  members were appointed to the ZDAC in 2014 to assist staff and the community at-large in identifying development standards and design guidelines for Multi-Family and Mixed Use projects.  On December 16, 2014 ZDAC finalized its recommendations that are in the process of going through the formal review process though Planning Commission and will then be scheduled for formal adoption through City Council later this year.  ZDAC materials are available on this website under "meetings and events."  A special thank you to those community members that applied to be a part of the Committee.

 ZDAC Committee Members:

Ken Wachtel, Vice-Chair, City Council Liaison Michael Dyett, FAICP, Chair, Resident-at-large                     
Ricardo Capretta, Planning Commission Liaison Jim Parrinello, Resident-at-large
Burton Miller, FAIA, Architect/Neighborhood Liaison Stephanie Witt, Realtor, Property Development Liaison
Bruce Dorfman, Chamber of Commerce Liaison    

How to stay informed:  Sign-up for eNews and receive regular emails with Mill Valley 2040 news and event information sent to your inbox.  You can also contact Danielle Staude, Senior Planner at if you have any questions. 


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 in the 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: 3/25/2015 2:49:50 PM