The City of Mill Valley has three different levels of review for planning applications--staff review, Zoning Administrator (ZA) and Planning Commission (PC). Review level is based on the type of application, its complexity, and the applicability of state law, local policies, and local regulations. All applications are reviewed by staff for compliance with the Mill Valley Municipal Code, the MV2040 General Plan, City Design Guidelines, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State Planning and Zoning laws to the extent they may be applicable.
Public review for ZA and PC items is provided during a 10-day comment period prior to the public hearing. During this review period:
Public comments are welcomed during this comment period, and should be submitted in writing to the Project Planner at 26 Corte Madera Ave (City Hall, Planning Department) or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any decision may be appealed by filing a letter describing the basis for the appeal, accompanied by the appeal fee, to the Planning and Building Department within 10 calendar days following the date of the decision.
Staff Review. Applications reviewed and acted on by Planning Department staff are "ministerial." Ministerial applications are those where the proposed project or action requires no exercise of discretion and, to be approved, must meet all applicable requirements of the Municipal Code or State law. These applications include Lot Line Adjustments, Lot Mergers, Certificates of Compliance, Tree Removal, Home Occupations, certain types of Second Units, Signs, and Fence permits.
Zoning Administrator (ZA)- Reviews applications specified by Chapter 20.62 of the Municipal Code. These projects are typically design review applications for remodels or additions to existing residences that are large enough to trigger design review, but not considered significant enough to require PC review. The ZA holds a public hearing on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm in the Council Chambers.
Planning Commission (PC)- A quasi-judicial body appointed by the City Council that hears more complex applications, such as new residential and commercial development, use permits, and proposed subdivision projects. Current projects being reviewed by the Planning Commission are scheduled for upcoming PC hearings. The agenda, list of applications, and application materials are posted approximately 10 days prior to the regularly scheduled public hearings, which are on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, starting at 7 PM in the Council Chambers. Please click here for more information on the Planning Commission.