At present, the City does not provide public restroom facilities in the downtown area. The nearest public restrooms are located at City Hall and Old Mill Park. These restrooms have limited hours and the restrooms at Old Mill Park are about a quarter mile from the central downtown area. The restroom located in the Depot Café and Bookstore serves café customers and is commonly used by the general public due to its central location. However, restroom users frequently experience long lines to access the lavatory and congestion in the dining area of the café. Further, the existing facility is not physically accessible to all users.
Many downtown business owners and the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce have expressed to the City a need for a public restroom in the downtown area to reduce demand on businesses and to provide this basic service and convenience to our residents and visitors.
Guided by its Core Values to preserve health and safety and the community's high quality of life, the Mill Valley City Council established the maintenance and enhancement of City infrastructure as one of its Key Issues. The City Council, Planning Commission, and Parks and Recreation Commission have held a number of public meetings over the years to work collaboratively with community members and the building tenants to determine a beneficial course of action.
These meetings, their dates, topics and materials are provided in the table below.
|Meeting and Date||Topic||Documents|
|Parks and Recreation (1/10/2019)||Plaza Restroom Update||Staff Report|
|City Council (4/2/18)||Consideration of Appeal of the Planning Commission's Approval||Staff Report|
|City Council (4/2/18)||Consideration of a Resolution Approving the Downtown Plaza Restroom Construction Reimbursement Contract and Lease Extension||Staff Report|
|Planning Commission (2/27/18)||Amendment to Conditional Use Permit for an Existing Restaurant, Outdoor Dining Permit, and Design Review for Exterior Changes|
|Parks and Recreation (12/6/2018)||Plaza Restroom Update||Staff Report|
|Planning Commission (12/12/2017)||Amendment to Conditional Use Permit for an Existing Restaurant, Outdoor Dining Permit, and Design Review for Exterior Changes|
|Parks and Recreation (2/1/2017)||Plaza Restroom Update||Oral Report|
|City Council (8/1/2016)||Introduction of New Owners of Puffin Enterprises Operators of the Depot Cafe and Bookstore and Discussion of Short and Long-Term Plans|
|Parks and Recreation (3/16/2016)||Plaza Restrooms Preliminary Design||Plans|
|Parks and Recreation (5/6/2015)||Plaza Restroom Update||Oral Report|
|Parks and Recreation (3/4/15)||Plaza Restroom Update||Oral Report|
|City Council (2/17/2015)||Consider recommendation by Parks and Recreation Commission.||Staff Report|
|Parks and Recreation Commission (11/5/14)||Discussion of Preferred Location||Staff Report|
|Parks and Recreation Commission (8/6/14)||Feasibility Study Update||Staff Report|
|Parks and Recreation Commission (1/8/14)||Discussion of Preferred Location|
|Parks and Recreation Commission (11/6/13)||Introduction of Feasibility Study|
The City of Mill Valley values community input and participation. Please send written comments to:
Michael Hanlon, Project Manager
26 Corte Madera Avenue
Mill Valley, CA, 94941