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Housing Advisory Committee Update for July 2019

July 10, 2019 

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.

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City Council to Review Modifications to The "Accessory Dwelling Unit" (ADU) Ordinance on July 1, 2019

June 19, 2019 

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.

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Housing Committee

May 6, 2019 

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.

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Rebate Program Launched to Replace Gas Appliances with High-efficiency Electric Appliances in Residential Buildings

January 29, 2019 

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.

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500 Miller Update

November 5, 2018 

The applicant team and Planning Department staff have held two meetings to discuss design options in response to comments and guidance received at the September 25 Planning Commission study session.

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Below Market Rate Lottery Drawing

October 15, 2018 

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 BA townhome, in the Marin City Townhomes.

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500 Miller Avenue Update

June 21, 2018 

In January 2011, the City approved a proposed nine-unit, attached single-family residential condominium project and a separate two-story, 4,948 square foot commercial building on the site at 500 Miller Avenue.

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Inside Mill Valley: Meet City Planner Lisa Newman

June 4, 2018 

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.

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New WUI Regulations

May 16, 2018 

The City of Mill Valley is taking one of many steps to decrease home ignitability in our community. The 2017 Sonoma/ Napa fires have caused many communities, like ours, to review current programs and determine improvements we could make.

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Mill Valley Housing Summit

November 27, 2017 

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 dstaude@cityofmillvalley.org

Where: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA, 94941

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City Council Adopts Affordable Housing Ordinance

September 6, 2017 

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).

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Planning Commission Study Session to Review 575 E Blithedale (Richardson Site, aka Blithedale Terrace)

February 13, 2017 

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.

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Did You Know You Can Get Financing for Energy Efficient Upgrades to Your Home or Office?

March 4, 2016 

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.

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City of Mill Valley's Tree Policy

August 20, 2015 

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.

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Single-Use Carryout Disposable Bag Ban

December 17, 2013 

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.

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New Construction Management Requirements

November 7, 2013 

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.

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