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Housing Element

2023-2031 Update

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.  


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Join the Conversation at Upcoming Events

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. 

September 23, 2021: Workshop 1 (6:30-8:00pm)

  • Can't attend? Participate remotely after the meeting by visiting this website between September 24-October 2, 2021.

Other forecasted workshop dates:November 10, 2021; February 16, 2022; and March 30, 2022


Supporting Documents


Past Meetings

September 1, 2021 City Council Meeting: Discussion of Work Plan, Schedule and General Requirements as part of the Housing Element Update: staff report; presentation; Public Outreach Plan


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.