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MV2040 Award Winner
MV2040 General Plan Update
Posted Date: 5/6/2014
We are pleased to announce that the MV2040 General Plan recently received the Comprehensive Planning Merit Award from the Northern California American Planning Association.

APA Award



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The City's General Plan serves as a long-term vision for the future of the community, as well as a basis for short and long-term decisions that affect all aspects of our community's daily life: land use, transportation, housing, community facilities and services, the environment, and much more.

Through collaboration and the efforts of many dedicated individuals, the community succeeded in drafting and adopting the General Plan on time and within the City's budgeted resources.

Most recently, the City received the Merit Award in Comprehensive Planning for the MV2040 General Plan from the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association. This award is based on the City's ability to a bring together the community through comprehensive consensus building to adopt a comprehensive General Plan. The award also acknowledges that the General Plan was completed in less than 2 years, within a small budget, with most of the work conducted in-house, and its use of new media technologies. 

Over 43 community volunteers who formed the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) and three Working Groups (Land Use & Mobility, Natural Environment and Community Vitality, including the Arts Subcommittee). See the acknowledgements section for those community members that served on the GPAC and Working Groups. At various points in the process additional input was provided by City staff and Boards and Commissions, such as the Arts Commission, Library Board of Trustees, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission, Emergency Preparedness Commission and Planning Commission.

The Mill Valley City Council adopted the General Plan on October 7, 2013 after over 50 working group and GPAC meetings were held (April 2012-May 2013).  MV2040 contains the following chapters, also known as “elements” and can be downloaded below: 

  1. Cover, forward, acknowledgements, table of content, introduction
  2. Land Use; Land Use: Categories and Map
  3. Mobility
  4. Community Vitality
  5. Natural Environment
  6. Climate Action
  7. Hazards and Public Safety
  8. Noise
  9. General Plan Administration
  10. Citations & Appendices
  11. Housing (under separate cover)

Each element begins with a purpose statement and a summary of existing conditions, followed by goals, policies and programs for action. The content of the MV2040 General Plan is based on the community’s vision, values and input gathered through the numerous public meetings.  

For recent activities related to the implementation of the General Plan, go to the MV2040 project page at or sign up for "MV2040" eNews to receive up to date information on the implementation of various policies and programs contained with the MV2040 General Plan.