Mill Valley's Director of Planning, Building Announces Retirement

"The City Manager will begin a recruitment for Mill Valley's next Director of Planning and Building in the immediate future," a city announcement released Friday stated.

The following is a news release from the City of Mill Valley: 

After almost 35 years of public service in the planning arena, Mill Valley's Director of Planning and Building, Mike Moore will be retiring. Mike has submitted his resignation and will retire after five years of service to the City of Mill Valley and after a long and successful career in public planning for cities around California. Mike Moore's last day in the office will be today, March 14th. 

We are grateful to Mike for his many contributions to Mill Valley, including his outstanding stewardship and creative genius which culminated in the adoption of the City's new MV2040 General Plan, a widely successful community driven expression of Mill Valley's desires for our future. Mike was the principal author and the patient and effective guide through the 2 year process--a short time for the completion of a General Plan. The MV 2040 General Plan is an outstanding document which will serve the community for years to come. 

Mike's skill at long-range planning and community coalition building was also demonstrated in his successful leadership which brought the comprehensive Miller Avenue Streetscape Masterplan to fruition. This Masterplan embraces the "complete street" multi-modal design principles of planning and will enhance the enjoyment and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists while improving the flow of traffic and ease of parking for motorists on this essential corridor in the heart of Mill Valley. The implementation of the Masterplan, with initial improvements beginning this summer, will be the City's single largest infrastructure project when fully complete and will be a vibrant and attractive feature in the Mill Valley environment for generations. Mike's careful and patient manner guided this very complicated project to a successful conclusion which reflects the voices and wishes of many diverse corners of our Mill Valley community.

Mike's retirement will free him from the pressure of the daily duties of a Planning and Building Director and will spare him from the many evening public meetings which are a staple of the life of a planner. Mike has many interests and will easily fill his time in retirement with professional and personal pursuits. We thank Mike for his service and wish him the very best in the years ahead. 

The City Manager will begin a recruitment for Mill Valley's next Director of Planning and Building in the immediate future.

Lou Judson March 17, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Perhaps the replacement should be a 40-year MV resident, someone who actually cares and knows what Mill Valley really used to be. What it is now is a dim shadow and travesty of how it was when I could afford to live there. 1957 - 71. When it was a small town and less of a bedroom quaint wealthy enclave! :-)
Citizen Too March 17, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Time to review ALL the plans he approved, every single one, including the Miller Ave. project and other major projects impacting all of us who live here.
Citizen March 18, 2014 at 02:29 AM
This article should be shredded three times before throwing it in the garbage.
Devon Miller March 22, 2014 at 12:29 AM
The MV Planning Commission has turned our old Mill Valley upside down and left us with a shadow of what folks used to love and cherish. Too much new building, too much traffic. And now it's too late to turn back...
Devon Miller March 22, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Have to agree with Citizen Too. The Mill Valley Miller Ave. Precise Plan needs serious reconsideration before going into effect. Take away more parking, make it harder for Miller Ave. businesses, put picnic tables in the middle??? Oh please...


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