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MV2040 General Plan

Go to "documents and links" to download the Mill Valley 2040 General Plan (adopted October 7, 2013) and 2015-2023 Housing Element (adopted May 4, 2015)                           

Implementation & Housing Element UPDATE

Zoning Updates:  Regulations related to land use, zoning, subdivisions and redevelopment are contained Title 20 "Zoning" of the Municipal Code. These regulations continue to be clarified and updated as part of implementing General Plan policies and programs.  Click here for recent ordinance updates.

Multi-Family Design Guidelines and Development Standards:  
The City Council adopted new standards and design guidelines for Multi-Family Residential, Downtown Residential, and Mixed-Use Development in 2016.  These guidelines and regulations were developed with a Zoning Design Guideline and Advisory Committee (ZDAC) and public input, and reviewed by both the Planning Commission and Council.  The Final regulations are now in effect, and are summarized in the final Multi-Family Residential, Downtown Residential, and Mixed-Use Design Guidelines and Development Standards booklet.  For information about the development of these regulations, please see ZDAC Meeting Summary; meeting materials can also be found at Meetings and Events 

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: 9/1/2016 10:01:00 AM