Marin Issues Restrictions For Short-Term Rentals. The new Order halts vacation rentals and limits use to COVID-19 response needs.
Marin Issues Restrictions For Short-Term Rentals. The new Order halts vacation rentals and limits use to COVID-19 response needs.
A “Shelter at Home” Order is in place from Marin County now through May 3, 2020. This is a legal order that limits activity, travel and business functions only to the most essential needs of the community. The purpose of this Order is to keep people at home to reduce the exposure and transmission of COVID-19.
Planning and Building services have shifted to virtual appointments only (i.e. phone, email or a virtual meeting) and are limited to “essential services,” based on the Marin County Health Officer Shelter in Place Order (“Order”). Please note that local requirements continue to change, so please check the City webpage for updates.
Check out these resources available to defer payment on rent, leases and mortages to lesson the financial impacts associated with COVID-19.
The City is taking this opportunity to reach out to the community to provide feedback on what matters are of highest importance to you.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, City Hall will close to the general public and shift to appointment only. City Hall will also open for essential business public meetings only. This shift to appointment/remote services is in effect until March 29
Marin Housing, the non-profit entity which manages affordable housing units for Mill Valley and many other Marin Counties, will hold a lottery drawing for a Below Market Rate 3 BR/2.5 BA townhome in the Shelter Ridge development in Mill Valley.
A medicinal cannabis delivery-only retailer has applied to open a new business in unincorporated Mill Valley, at 25 Evergreen Avenue. This location is two parcels away from the Whole Foods on Miller Avenue, just outside of Mill Valley City limits.
On February 11th, Planning Commission will host a Study Session to review new State Law governing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and discuss other possible modifications to the City's development standards in response to the new State Law.
The City of Mill Valley will soon implement a new system at City Hall called “QLess,” an automated queuing system to reduce wait times for patrons of the Planning and Building Department.
The City of Mill Valley Planning and Building Department has prepared an update for the community on several higher profile development projects around town.
Members of the Mill Valley community have inquired about PG&E’s tree work at the Alto Substation. We have prepared information on the most frequently asked questions.
In a direct response to the concerns of its members about the possibility of an uptick in chain/formula businesses in downtown, the Mill Valley Chamber organized an information-laden workshop on the subject on November 5, 2019, bringing together the leadership of local officials and experienced business owners from beyond Mill Valley as panel speakers.
The Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) has completed a Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for the proposed Next Generation Radio Communications System Project.
What would you think if the County of Marin considered a ban on single-use plastic food service products at retail businesses? You can voice your opinion in an online survey offered by the Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA).
Join City of Mill Valley Planning Director, Patrick Kelly, and other community leaders for a Coffee and Conversation event hosted by the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce. Assembly space at 319 Miller Avenue for this event on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8:30AM -10AM.
October 24, 2019
Our community loves dogs, but please be respectful of others and refrain from throwing away your dog’s waste in other people’s trash bins!
The City of Mill Valley has reviewed the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) Next Generation Emergency Communication System.
PG&E will conduct vegetation management work at PG&E’s Alto Substation in Mill Valley from September 30th through mid-November from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Alto Substation is located at the intersection of Roque Morales Drive and Longfellow Drive, adjacent to Hauke Park.
The latest news.
Information on changes to improve our community’s ability to withstand a wildfire.
The latest news on renovation progress and recent openings.
Update on the Mill Valley Housing Advisory Committee
The Mill Valley City Council has assembled a Housing Advisory Committee (HAC) to address on-going concerns about affordable housing in Mill Valley, and as a means of advancing various General Plan programs aimed at encouraging the continued diversity of housing and income levels in the City.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are an important and well respected piece of Mill Valley’s smaller scale, affordable housing stock. The proposed modifications to ADU regulations (contained the Mill Valley Municipal Code section 20.90) incorporate direction received from City Council and Planning Commission to establish Junior ADU regulations and create additional regulations, where possible, to ensure that ADUs are maintained as truly separate, rentable units and used for the intended purpose of a dwelling unit.
Applications are now open to serve on the City of Mill Valley's Housing Advisory Committee as the community's member-at large position. Community members working or residing in Marin County with demonstrated experience and practice in urban planning, housing development, affordable housing policy development and/or implementation of related areas of professional work are encouraged to apply.
To accommodate upcoming construction at the historic Depot Building, the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce is relocating to a temporary mobile office a few hundred feet away, in a pair of parking spaces on Miller Avenue across from Piazza D’Angelo.
At their March 4, 2019 meeting, the Mill Valley City Council considered a recommendation for the permanent roadway and parking configuration for the Parkway Room portion of Miller Avenue, from Millwood Street to Willow Street.
The Miller Avenue Streetscape Project has won the “2019 Public Works Project Award: Transportation” in the $5 - $25 million category from the from the American Public Works Association (APWA) – Northern California Chapter.
At their March 4, 2019 meeting, the Mill Valley City Council will consider a recommendation for the permanent roadway and parking configuration for the Parkway Room portion of Miller Avenue, from Millwood Street to Willow Street.
Learn about JADU conversions from architects, builders, planners, mortgage lenders and rental specialists, and get help on how to screen renters and how to write a rental contract.
The County of Marin, in collaboration with the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP), has launched a countywide appliance retrofit pilot program, and is providing financial rebates to residents interested in replacing fossil fuel appliances (such as natural gas and propane stoves, water heaters, and furnaces) with high-efficiency electric appliances.
City Council to Review Modifications to the "Accessory Dwelling Unit" (ADU) Ordinance on January 24, 2019
Marin Housing will be holding 3 separate Lottery Drawings for 3 Below Market Rate 3 BR/2 Ba 1,200sf townhomes, currently under construction at Enclave in Corte Madera.
At their meeting on Thursday evening, the Mill Valley City Council unanimously adopted an urgency ordinance, with modifications, strengthening language in regards to regulating wireless telecommunications facilities in Mill Valley.
The Planning Commission approved modifications on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
City Manager Jim McCann announced that Patrick Kelly has joined
the City of Mill Valley as Director of Planning and Building. He will begin in this
position September 19, 2018.
Update on the progress of the project at 500 Miller Avenue.
With growing demand to support 4G and 5G technology for broadband and data services, the wireless telecommunications industry has begun to pursue the installation of smaller cell and distributed antenna systems throughout Marin County including on facilities in the public right-of-way.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are an important and well respected piece of Mill Valley’s smaller scale, affordable housing stock.
Update on personnel changes and temporary counter hours.
All Residential Construction Projects Valued at $100,000 or more.
You are invited to learn more about the Mill Valley Historical Context Statement (HCS) at the June 26th Open House at 6:00 PM, which will be followed by the Planning Commission's Public Hearing on the HCS at 7:00 PM.
We are proud to introcude you to Lisa Newman, one of our Senior Planners. Lisa started working for the City as a consultant, and shortly after, we invited her to join our team. She has now been working for the City of Mill Valley for a little over three years.
Miller Avenue Streetscape Project has won “Overall Winner” for the 2018 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program, and has won the “Local Street Project of the Year” award by the California Transportation Foundation.
Marin Housing will conduct the first Below Market Rate lottery drawing of the year.
On September 15, 2017, the California Legislature sent 15 bills affecting local land use control of housing development for the Governor's signature.
Should your favorite grocery clerks at Mill Valley Market be able to live in our community if they want to? How about our firefighters, teachers and police officers? And if the answer’s yes, how do we go about making that happen?
Join us for a community discussion on how to maintain, enhance and create affordable housing for our local community and workforce.
For questions about the event contact Danielle Staude, Senior Planner, at email@example.com
Where: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA, 94941
The City of Mill Valley has for many years prohibited medical cannabis dispensaries and in late 2016, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance to establish a similar prohibition for other related cannabis activities both medial and non-medical.
A Planning Commission hearing to review the Draft Cannabis Ordinance is scheduled for September 26, 2017 at 7pm in Council Chambers.
Do you have old maps or photos of Mill Valley filed away in your attic? They may be of great help to the City as it holds a public workshop Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 pm on the development of a Historic Context Statement for Mill Valley.
At the September 5, 2017 meeting City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Ordinance, which is aimed at implementing one of the community's overarching goals of "encouraging the continued diversity of housing, income levels and lifestyles in the community" (Mill Valley 2040 General Plan, Goal #2).
The new affordable housing ordinance replaces existing affordable housing regulations with new regulations for all residential development.
At Monday's meeting the City Council introduced a new affordable housing ordinance that includes an impact fee to establish an Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
City of Mill Valley Planning & Building Director Vin Smith has been offered a position to manage planning functions for the County of Napa, and he will leave his current position with the City in mid-July.
The focus of the annual Mill Valley Community Meeting is always interaction between community members and Councilmembers and City staff, but that interaction – and the ability of residents to dictate the course of it – took center stage at the latest edition of the event on May 30.
The City of Mill Valley City Council recently adopted changes to the Tree Ordinance (MVMC 20.67, which will go into effect on June 1, 2017).
The City of Mill Valley became aware last week that the Tamalpais Union High School Facilities Master Plan was scheduled for introduction to the Board of Trustees on April 25th.
A proposed project at 550 Miller Avenue has undergone an Initial Study of environmental factors that could potentially be effected by the development. The public is invited to provide comments on the Initial Study prior to a public hearing at the May 9 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a Study Session public hearing review for the Richardson site (also known as Blithedale Terrace) residential development project on February 28, 2017. The project is proposed as a 20 dwelling unit townhouse project on a 51,605 square foot lot at 575 E Blithedale Avenue, a vacant lot near the intersection with Camino Alto.
Please click here for the staff report and meeting materials. A project website has been created: http://www.cityofmillvalley.org/richardson.
On August 23, 2016, City Planners will present a draft Affordable Housing Ordinance to continue the City’s work to enhance the affordability of housing in Mill Valley so that modest income households can join and remain an integral part of the Mill Valley community.
What is Affordable Housing? Why is the City Proposing a Draft Affordable Housing Ordinance? What Does the Draft Affordable Ordinance Do?
The new Development Standards modify the zoning associated with all properties in multi-family residential and downtown residential areas, and mixed-use development in commercial zoning districts in the City of Mill Valley.
Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, is an innovative way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water upgrades to residential and commercial buildings. Property owners can finance up to 100% of the project, for up to 30 years, as a tax assessment on their property bill. The assessment obligation may be assumed by the new owner upon property sale, and under most leases, can be shared with tenants.
Trees contribute greatly to the identity, character, environmental health and natural beauty of Mill Valley. The City of Mill Valley has a longstanding policy regarding maintenance, pruning, removal and management of trees within City limits. That policy requires a permit for cutting or significant pruning of a number of types of trees.
My neighbor's construction project is making a lot of noise - what is allowed?
The Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP) has launched a new interactive sustainability tracker illustrating progress being made by local jurisdictions, residents and businesses in Marin County toward reducing emissions and increasing sustainable practices.
Sustainability initiatives are among City Council’s top 10 priorities for the year as part of its mission to preserve a high quality of life for its local residents, businesses and visitors. On October 21, 2013, City Council adopted an ordinance restricting the provision of single-use disposable bags at grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores in Mill Valley. Encouraging the use of reusable bags is one example of the programs being implemented by the City to work toward the City's “Zero Waste” goal whereby no materials are landfilled, but instead fully recycled, repaired or reused by the year 2025.
The City has recently updated and expanded the scope of and requirements for CMPs to address residents’ concerns about construction-related impacts and will be required on all new projects subject to Zoning Administrator or Planning Commission approval by the Planning Department.