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Proposed Project for 500 Miller Avenue

The City of Mill Valley would like to inform the community of a proposal to construct residential units and a commercial building at 500 Miller Avenue. The Planning Commission will conduct a Study Session for the proposed project on April 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place at City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Avenue. The Study Session is a public hearing, where public comment will be taken and the Commission will review and discuss the project and provide direction to staff and the applicant. No approval decisions will be made at this meeting.

The site has a current, valid approval for a mixed residential and commercial development comprised of a 14,276 square foot building of 9 attached, single-family residential units with a 12,217 sq. ft. parking garage below and a separate two-story 4,948 square foot commercial building. The applicant has submitted a new proposal for 9 attached single-family townhouse-style residential units totaling 23,502 square feet built as two buildings with 11,962 sq. ft. of parking incorporated at the rear first floor of the buildings, and a separate two-story 3,000 square foot commercial building with a separate at-grade parking lot.

The Staff Report and supporting documents (including applicant’s drawings) are available:

  • Online
  • At the Mill Valley Library Reference Desk and at City Hall in the Planning Department

The City of Mill Valley values a balanced, inclusive, and open approach to decision-making processes and encourages citizen participation. The City recognizes the community’s strong feelings and interest regarding Miller Avenue. The City will proceed in an open and inclusive process in regards to this proposal, and invites your comments and input.

Comments or questions may be directed to:

Kari Svanstrom, AICP, Architect, LEEDap, Senior Planner
Email: ksvanstrom@cityofmillvalley.org  
Phone: 415-388-4033 x 4805 

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Caroline Robinson April 09, 2014 at 01:17 PM
The planning process this project went through also applied to the Lovell Avenue developments? A cautionary tale.
Jack April 09, 2014 at 01:35 PM
For those Mill Valleyans who prefer the view of downtown Walnut Creek to that of the ancient folds of the Pacific Coast Range's Mt. Tamalpais.
Scott April 09, 2014 at 04:37 PM
This will never get built. This project has been in the works for over 10 years. It has been regularly thwarted by the ineptitude of the planning commission which has repeatedly changed its mind on what is or is not acceptable. At one point wanting more parking, less parking, more affordable housing, less units and on and on and on. Finally the builder, who himself was no gentleman, after trimming the project down so that no affordable housing could be demanded, put the land up for sale. The planning commission constantly oversteps its mandate and demands things it has no business demanding. They substitute their design vision for that of the owner, as if they are better judges of taste. And rarely does anyone push back less they get financially crushed by the delays and legal bills doing so would create. It's no wonder why the planning director went behind their backs. For all their talk of wanting more affordable housing in MV, their actions guarantee costs are so high only the rich can afford what gets built.


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