The City of Mill Valley has three different levels of review for planning applications. Review level is based on the type of application, its complexity, and the applicability of state law and local policies and regulations. All applications are reviewed by staff for compliance with the Mill Valley Municipal Code the MV2040 General Plan, City Design Guidelines, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State Planning and Zoning laws to the extent they may be applicable. Depending on the type of application, the application is then reviewed and acted on by staff, the Zoning Administrator, or the Planning Commission as described below.
Applications reviewed and acted on by Planning Department staff are "ministerial." Ministerial applications are those where the proposed project or action requires no exercise of discretion and, to be approved, must meet all applicable requirements of the Municipal Code or State law. These applications include Lot Line Adjustments, Lot Mergers, Certificates of Compliance, Tree Removal, Home Occupations, certain types of Second Units, Signs, and Fence permits.
The Zoning Administrator (ZA) reviews applications specified by Chapter 20.62 of the Municipal Code. These projects are typically design review applications for remodels or additions to existing residences that are large enough to trigger design review, but not considered significant enough to require Planning Commission review. Please click here for more information on the Zoning Administrator process and a list of current applications.
The Planning Commission is a quasi-judicial body appointed by the City Council, and hears more complex applications, such as new residential and commercial development, use permits, and proposed subdivision projects. Current projects being reviewed by the Planning Commission are scheduled for upcoming Planning Commission hearings. The agenda, upcoming hearings, and application materials are posted approximately one week prior to the regularly scheduled Planning Commission hearings. Please click here for more information on the Planning Commission and upcoming agendas.
For information on the Redwood Lodge Project (160 Corte Madera Avenue) (D05-3244) please click here.
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