Multi-Family and Mixed-Use Objective Design and Development Standards
The City of Mill Valley is partnering with Marin County and nine other Marin County cities to create Objective Design and Development Standards (ODDS) that can be used by the City for the review and development of new multi-family housing projects. This Countywide planning effort is being funded by State planning grants to help cities streamline the approval of new housing units by creating “objective” (as opposed to subjective) design and development standards. The application and use of ODDS are becoming increasingly important based on new State housing laws that limit local control and discretion over housing projects.
Berkeley-based Opticos Design, Inc. is leading this planning effort, in coordination with the County and cities. The ODDS public information campaign and planning process is commencing in March 2020.
We anticipate that the ODDS toolkit will build upon Mill Valley’s Multi-Family, Mixed Use and Downtown Residential Design Guidelines and Development Standards (adopted in 2016) by creating refined objective design standards that address local architectural elements, building patterns, and neighborhood context.
Future updates specific to Mill Valley will be posted on this web page. A link to the County’s ODDS webpage is also provided below.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to health concerns, the March 2020 community meetings have been cancelled.
Coming soon - online survey.
Meetings & Events
This spring and summer, the planning team will hold several meetings with community stakeholders including public workshops with the Planning Commission to solicit input from Mill Valley residents. Following this initial input from the community, the planning team will develop a draft ODDS “toolkit”. The anticipated ODDS suite of tools for consideration by the City may include design and development standards that range from amending current zoning standards, supplemental design standards, architectural standards, and updated review procedures that can be applied to the City’s existing multifamily residential and mixed-use zoning districts. The toolkit will include an array of development standards for the City to consider adopting as amendments to zoning ordinance.
Cancelled - Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7pm Workshop/Webinar
Tentative - May 26, 2020 - Community Meeting
Coming soon - Online Survey - An online survey with several customized questions for Mill Valley residents will be distributed to collect feedback from the community. A link to the online survey will be added to this webpage once it is available. Residents are encouraged to participate.
Status Update: February 25, 2020 Planning Commission Director’s Report
Existing Standards & Guidelines (adopted 2016): Mixed Use, Multi-Family and Downtown Residential Development Standards and Design Guidelines
Q & A, Fast Facts
What are Objective Standards? Why Are we Doing This?
Why is this a County-Wide Discussion?
How can I get involved in the process?
Other Links to Information on State laws related to Housing and ODDS
Housing Accountability Act (HAA)