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City of Mill Valley Residential Design Guidelines

The City developed these Residential Design Guidelines to facilitate appropriate and environmentally sensitive development review. As design proposals take shape all interested parties shall use these Guidelines to better communicate concerns, set expectations and meet goals within organized, clear and balanced parameters.

Design is a complex process balancing many issues. These Guidelines try to balance the immediate wishes and rights of a homeowner/builder with long-term responsibilities to the community and environment. They reflect a commitment to the sustainability of Mill Valley. These Guidelines are based on an approach that takes into consideration the interrelationship of individual houses with the neighborhood; the relationship of one neighborhood to another, and with the way each of these components affect the environment. The Guidelines convey the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

These Guidelines implement the goals and policies of the Mill Valley General Plan. They also supplement the Mill Valley Municipal Code, which contains more technical and specific development standards.

These guidelines are not intended to be rigid regulations, nor are they intended to promote a particular type of design. Variations from these guidelines may be appropriate when weighed against other considerations. Compliance with any particular guideline does not override the intended balance that an appropriate solution should reach.

Slope Design Guidelines
Guideline 1 - Integration with Topography
Guideline 2 - Relationship of Building Size to Slope

Flora and Fauna Design Guidelines
Guideline 3 - Protection of Existing Vegetation and Habitat
Guideline 4 - Plant Material Selection and Compatibility with Setting
Guideline 5 - Minimizing Water Use
Guideline 6 - Privacy and Views
Guideline 7 - Tree Replacement
Guideline 8 - Fences
Guideline 9 - Minimizing Fire Hazards

Soils and Grading Design Guidelines
Guideline 10 - Minimizing Grading, Offhaul, Excavation and Erosion
Guideline 11 - Retaining Walls
Guideline 12 - Minimizing Landscape Terracing

Drainage Design Guidelines
Guideline 13 - Site and Building Drainage

Building Design Guidelines
Guideline 14 - Energy conservation measures
Guideline 15 - Application of Sustainable Design Principles
Guideline 16 - Fire Resistant
Guideline 17 - Scale, Mass and Height
Guideline 18 - Color
Guideline 19 - Windows, Roofs and Skylights and Roof Mounted Equipment
Guideline 20 - Driveways
Guideline 21 - Parking  Parking Standards, illustration  (See 20.60 Section of the municipal code for additional details)
Guideline 22 - Exterior Lighting
Last updated: 10/16/2013 10:44:22 AM