Housing Element Update (2023-2031) 

Upcoming Meetings and Next Steps:

City Planners are updating the Draft Housing Element based on comments received from the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  Planning Commission and City Council hearings will be scheduled to review and approve the Draft Housing Element and supporting environmental analysis. 

 

Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report:

The Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report will be available for public review through March 3, 2023. Notice of Availability (PDF); Draft SEIR (PDF), Appendix A (PDF); Appendix B (PDF); Appendix C (PDF); Appendix D (PDF); Appendix E (PDF); Appendix F (PDF)

Planning Commission 2/28/2023:

A Public hearing will be hosted by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 6:30pm to receive oral comments on the Draft Subsequent EIR.

State Comment Letter on Draft Housing Element:

HCD Comment Letter 11/21/22 (PDF).


Joint CC/PC Meeting: November 30, 2022 

Review the State of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Comments on the Draft Housing Element Due to City Staff by November 21, 2022 and Discussion of Next Steps.  View the agenda and supporting materials here (LINK).

Draft Housing Element (submitted to HCD August 2022)

The Mill Valley Housing Element Update will serve as the City’s housing plan for the next 8 years (2023-2031). The Draft Housing Element was submitted to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on August 23, 2022 based on public comments received during the 30-day public comment period (June 30-July 30, 2022) and direction received at the August 1, 2022 City Council meeting.  While the city awaits comments from HCD (expected in late Nov. 2022), staff will work with consultants on preparing the  “subsequent Environmental Impact Report” that will address the environmental impacts associated with the adoption and implementation of the Housing Element Update. This subsequent EIR will evaluate only the impacts resulting from the amendments to the general plan elements.

Environmental Review 

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) was issued on July 20, 2022 indicating that the City, as lead agency, will prepare a Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for the Draft Housing Element.  An errata to the NOP was then issued on September 15, 2022 to correct data and update information based on public comments received during the NOP public comment period (July 21-August 22, 2022).  Additional modifications to the project description may be made based on public comments received as part the review of the Draft Housing Element.  

    The Notice of Preparation may be viewed here (PDF).

    The Errata to the NOP may be viewed here (PDF).  

A public scoping meeting was held via Zoom teleconference on Thursday August 4, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. to collect oral comments on the scope of the Environmental Impact Report.    


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The City welcomes your input and comments as part of the update process! See below for the series of workshops that will discuss housing needs, policies, sites, and land use plans to support housing opportunities for all income levels in the community during the 8-year planning cycle. 


Review of Draft Housing Element:

 

August 1, 2022 City Council Meeting. Discuss the draft Housing Element, including public comments and next steps in finalizing the initial draft to send to HCD for their initial review. The meeting will be held in person at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley. You can also watch the meeting remotely online (LINK). To view the staff report and comments received, see the August 1, 2022 City Council meeting (LINK).

Phase 3: Policy Development (April - June 2022) 

Phase 2: Housing Needs, Fair Housing and Sites Analysis (November 2021-March 2022)

Phase 1: Housing Needs and Goals (September-October 2021)

Project Kick off - Workplan and Outreach (September 2021)


Overview Materials


General Plan Goals

The two primary General Plan goals will guide the Housing Element Update process, and are:

  1. To protect and enhance the natural beauty and small town character of Mill Valley; and
  2. To encourage continued diversity of housing, income levels and lifestyles in the community. The General Plan community values are intended to guide the overall framework and decision making for the General Plan, and have been updated based on community input and feedback from the General Plan Advisory Committee.


    What is the Housing Element? 
    The Housing Element is one of the seven required elements (or chapters) of the City's General Plan.  Because housing affordability and availability is a critical issue with statewide implications, State law requires Housing Elements to be updated on a regular basis. The City of Mill Valley is currently part of an 8-year update cycle (2023-2031) and is working to update the Housing Element.  The Housing Element Update must be reviewed and certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by January 2023.