Housing Element Update (2023-2031) 

Draft Housing Element 

The Mill Valley Housing Element Update will serve as the City’s housing plan for the next 8 years (2023-2031The Mill Valley Housing Element Update will serve as the City’s housing plan for the next 8 years (2023-2031). Currently staff is updating the Housing Element based on public comments received during the 30-day public comment period (June 30-July 30, 2022) and will forward the Revised Draft to the Department of Housing and Community Development for review and comment.  The Revised draft will be posted to the website when it is completed.  In the meantime, please refer to the August 1, 2022 City Council meeting (LINK) to review the draft document and public comments.

Housing Element EIR Notice of Preparation (NOP) 

The community is invited to review a Notice of Preparation of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Housing Element Update, and associated rezonings. The EIR will be a “subsequent EIR” to the City’s General Plan and will address the environmental impacts associated with the adoption and implementation of the Housing Element Update project.

Consistent with CEQA Guidelines Section 15162, the EIR will provide subsequent environmental analysis to the 2013 City of Mill Valley 2040 General Plan Certified Final EIR, updating existing analysis where appropriate, and presenting new analysis where necessary. This subsequent EIR will evaluate only the impacts resulting from the amendments to the general plan elements.

Download Document:  Notice of Preparation may be viewed here (PDF)

Scoping Meeting:  The City of Mill Valley will conduct a public scoping meeting via Zoom teleconference on Thursday August 4, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. to collect oral comments on the scope of the EIR.  Following is the link to join the meeting.  

Please click here to join the webinar (LINK):

Telephone: 669-900-6833  

Webinar ID: 872 5439 3609

Upcoming Meetings:


August 1, 2022 City Council Meeting (6:30 pm)

Mill Valley City Council will 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).

August 4, 2022 Housing Element Scoping Meeting

The City of Mill Valley will conduct a public scoping meeting 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.  Following is the link to join the meeting.   

Recent Meetings

May 17, 2022 Housing Advisory Committee Meeting (6:30 pm)

This meeting will focus on reviewing housing programs of interest from the community and further discussing those Housing programs that should be included as part of the Housing Element Update. 

Housing Advisory Committee Agenda My 17th, 2022 (PDF)

HAC Staff Report, Attachment 1, Public Correspondence (PDF)

HAC Attachment 2 - Prelininary Draft Chapter 2 (PDF)

Meeting Presentation (PDF)

Video of the meeitng (LINK)

Meeting Presentation in Spanish (PDF)

April 28, 2022 (6:30-8:30pm) Online Workshop #4: City Staff will review existing housing programs and provide an opportunity to discuss new housing policies and programs to address community interests. 

Workshop 4 Materials Policies and Programs (PDF)

Video of the meeting (LINK)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

March 22, 2022 Joint Planning Commission/City Council Study Session: As part of the Housing Element Update, the State requires the City to demonstrate that it can successfully accommodate new homes on land within City limits for a range of household incomes.  City staff is currently working to identify strategies and identify those properties that can help the City plan for and make room for new housing in Mill Valley. City staff presented its recommended approach and list of potential sites for the Housing Element’s the sites inventory, including land use and rezoning programs. At the meeting, Planning Commission and City Council supported the overall approach.

    Agenda (PDF); Agenda en espanol (PDF)

    Agenda Packet (PDF)

March 30, 2022 online Workshop will be rescheduled to April. Date TBD. Discussion of possible policies to consider as part of the Housing Element.  

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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. 

Previous Meeting and Supporting Documents

Sites Analysis (November 2021 - February 2022)

Housing Needs and Goals (September - October 2021)

Project Kick Off ( Proposed Workplan and Outreach) 

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.