The City of Mill Valley is committed to protecting the City’s unique small-town character (General Plan Goal #1) while encouraging continued diversity of housing, income levels and lifestyles within its community (General Plan Goal #2). Housing, particularly providing a range of housing options in terms of affordability levels, is of particular interest and of concern to the City Council and many community members. Listed below are ways in which the City is working to implement local actions, as well as those regulations established by the State and/or Federal government.
- The Housing Element contains comprehensive and practical housing policies and programs that address the above-referenced General Plan goals. The Housing Element is updated every 8 years, and is currently being updated. See the Housing Element Update homepage for more information.
Housing on City-owned land adjacent to 1 Hamilton Drive
- In 2021, City staff has worked with the Housing Advisory Committee to explore and evaluate adding new homes on city-owned property. Currently, the City is working with a non-profit organization to build affordable homes on the property adjacnet to the Public Safety Building at 1 Hamilton Drive. For more information, visit the Hamilton Drive project webiste (LINK).
House Mill Valley - Home Match Program
- Be a part of helping Mill Valley house its local community members and workforce! Do you own a home with extra room? Or, do you know of a local community member making less than $100k looking for housing? Visit the City's Home Match page(LINK) for more information.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
- Visit www.ADUmarin.org (LINK) to learn more about ADUs and Junior ADUs, including inspiring videos, floor plans, City Regulations (PDF), and calculator tools to estimate costs.
- Visit the City's Housing Resources informational page for tips on home improvements/permitting; financing and loan opportunities; first time homeowner ownership programs; short term rental registration requirements; homeless assistance; and more.
- Housing Resources Page (Link)
- The City is working to address Housing Equity through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) lens and the implementation of Housing Programs contained in the City's Housing Element (see below).
Housing Advisory Committee
- The Housing Advisory Committee was established to assist staff and advise City Council on matters related to the Housing Element and the Affordable Housing Ordinance.
- Housing Advisory Committee Page (Link)
Short Term Rentals
- The City regulates short-term rentals (less than 30 consecutive days) through an annual registration process. New accessory dwelling units (permitted since 2018) typically may not be rented out as short-term rentals nor can multi-family dwelling units.
- The Short term renatal registration application packet can be accesses here (LINK)