Hamilton Drive

Project Description: 1 Hamilton Drive Approximate area of Interest

The City of Mill Valley is partnering with EAH Housing to build affordable homes on the northern portion of the city-owned parcel, known as 1 Hamilton Drive.  The City invites you to attend meetings and provide input on this important city-sponsored project. 

City Council Meeting:

September 19, 2022, Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera, starting at 6:30pm 

City staff will present a series of recommendations based on preliminary site planning and community outreach, including the relocation of 38 public parking spaces, restroom facilities and electric vehicle charging station that currently reside on the northern portion of 1 Hamilton Drive.  Other circulation and additional parking improvements identified during community workshops and focus group meetings will also be discussed.  The staff report will be posted on this webpage once it is finalized. 

September 19, 2022, Regular City Council Meeting Staff Report – 1 Hamilton Dr. Update (PDF)

1 Hamilton Drive FAQ's (PDF)

Community Workshops: 

October 13, 2022 in person Open House

Mill Valley Community Center, Cascade Room,180 Camino Alto (6:30 - 8:30)

Open house to report back on refinements to building concepts presented at the May 3 Open House.  Additional community input to discuss building concepts including massing and design features.  Other site planning work such as residential parking will also be presented.

To better prepare, the City is kindly requesting RSVPs to attend the event.  

Please click here to register for the event.

May 3, 2022 in person Open House

Mill Valley Community Center, Cascade Room,180 Camino Alto starting at 6:30pm 

Open house to gather input on preliminary design features, massing and site planning work, including relocation of public parking and restrooms currently located on site. 

March 10, 2022 online workshop

Initial kick-off informational workshop to provide an overview of affordable housing and gather input on preliminary site planning work.  

Previous Meeting and Supporting Documents:

February 7 City Council Zoom Meeting: Resolution to consider an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement ("ENA") with EAH Housing. Entering into the ENA will initiate the community outreach process, including site planning, design and environmental review, and allows EAH Housing to further investigate financing needs and opportunities based on preliminary design. 

  • Supporting materials 
  • City Council Meeting (Sept. 20, 2021).  Council Approval of a resolution declaring that the northern portion of 1 Hamilton Drive as surplus exempt land and a resolution authorizing the City Manager to draft the terms of an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement between the City and EAH Housing. See the following links for the City Council agenda and supporting materials (LINK). 

  • City Council Meeting (June 21, 2021). Council Approval to authorized staff to release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). See the following links for the City Council agenda and supporting materials

Frequently Asked Questions: Building Affordable Homes on the Northern Portion of 1 Hamilton Drive

Is there an exact location of the new housing units?   

The exact location and siting of the new housing and existing facilities has not been determined. The City is interested in and has established the northern portion of 1 Hamilton Drive as surplus exempt land for the purposes of building affordable homes for its community, as depicted in the image to the right.  

Has the 1 Hamilton Site been designed?  

No. The City, in partnership with EAH Housing (“the Housing Team”) will kick off the site planning and preliminary design this Spring. Site planning and design will consider location and configuration of building(s) and parking, driveways, landscaping, grading, etc.  Design concepts will be developed with input from the community through various workshops and discussions. 

When will traffic, safety or environmental concerns be addressed?      
 As the City works to kick off the site planning and preliminary design work this spring, it will also begin work on various technical studies that will support the environmental review process. 

Preliminary site and design concepts are needed to determine the number of units, placement and design of building(s), ingress, egress, parking layout, landscaping, grading, utilities, etc. Once these preliminary site and design drawings are developed, the Housing Team will be able to establish a project description, which will be reviewed and analyzed in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Where will the public parking, charging station and restrooms be located?

The Housing Team will consider the whole site, along with the city owned Public Services Building (PSB) site in terms of parking design and street frontage to cooperatively accomplish the City’s goals of a well-designed housing community that incorporates tenant parking on site and approximately 50 spaces for the public within the immediate area (but not intrude on any playing field space). 

Why is the City focusing on a City-owned Site?

The City is interested in facilitating new affordable housing opportunities, and has several housing programs aimed at this goal, including the Home Match program, Accessory Dwelling Unit incentives, inclusion of new affordable units in new market-rate multi-family developments, and the identification of a City-Owned site.  All of these housing programs are based on policy guidance contained in the City's Housing Element.  In order to initiate a project, the City must own a piece of property or have enough funds to leverage an affordable housing project.  Through the work conducted through the Housing Advisory Committee, it has been determined that new affordable homes are best feasible to build and finance at the 1 Hamilton site.   

Can the City target the local workforce as part of accommodating housing?  

The City is interested in working with the affordable housing team to structure a program that can offer affordable housing to its local workforce.  As part of evaluating qualified affordable housing teams, the City is interested in exploring options for programming that offers preferential treatment to potential tenants who work in the City and immediately surrounding area (thus reducing commutes), or otherwise have connections to the area, consistent with state and federal laws regarding fair housing. There are a fair number of examples in the surrounding area, including Menlo Park, Livermore, American Canyon and San Mateo where this goal was achieved in compliance with all federal and state laws.