The City of Mill Valley would like to inform residents about the National Park Service’s proposal for a range of possible operational and physical improvements to mitigate parking congestion in Muir Woods and their current process of soliciting input.
National Park Service representatives held a Public Scoping Meeting on September 18, 2013 in which they introduced two projects: a Reservation and Shuttle System (2014-15 Implementation) and Transportation and Access Site Improvements (2016 + Implementation).
Please click on the following to download the informational materials presented at the September 18 meeting:
In December 2013 the NPS released an informational newsletter with updates to the renewed project scope, public input received to-date and a new planning timeframe.
Supervisors Kate Sears and Steve Kinsey held a public meeting regarding Muir Woods access, parking and road management on December 9, 2013. The Meeting Notes are available for download. After this meeting, Supervisors Sears and Kinsey issued a letter summarizing the key points of the meeting and their intention to have the Board of Supervisors approve a letter to the NPS on their proposals for transportation and access in the Muir Woods area. The draft letter is available for review here.
National Park Service representatives extended the comment period to January 11, 2014. The comment period is now closed. The next NPS meeting will be scheduled after the closing of the comment period. Park planners anticipate using this meeting to summarize the comments received during the scoping period, update participants on plans for the parking reservation system, and present a range of alternatives for site improvements at Muir Woods. Participants will be invited to discuss and refine the concept alternatives in a workshop format.
The National Park Service sends informational eNewsletters with information on this topic. Go to their Planning, Projects and Public Involvement page and click on the link to sign up for the notifications.
City of Mill Valley Response:
Guided by their Core Values of healthy natural environment with emphasis on conservation, open space, climate protection and sustainability, the Mill Valley City Council has established environmental conservation, traffic mitigation, and effective communication as key issues. The City of Mill Valley has a long-standing commitment when it comes to environmental protection and other sustainability related initiatives, and has a history of encouraging thoughtful transportation planning and multi-modal transportation options.
While the City of Mill Valley has no regulatory authority over the land use and decision-making process in National Park Service lands, City officials are monitoring the project and communicating with the National Park Service regarding our concerns related to potential traffic and environmental impacts of the proposed options. The City has encouraged National Park Service representatives to extend and enhance their public communication efforts and to ensure that the decision-making process includes all viewpoints.
Letter to NPS from City Manager Jim McCann, October 2013
At their regular meeting on November 4, 2013, the City Council heard an update on the topic. For the agenda, meeting materials, and to watch the meeting, please visit the City's Webcasting page.
Letter to NPS from City Manager Jim McCann, January 2014
Further questions and comments may be directed to Linn Walsh, Assistant to the City Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 388-4033.