129 last time
BASED ON THESE COMMENTS ABD MORE
"Protecting Bay Area citizens from hazardous conditions, such as fire danger, should be included in the RHNA criteria...consider topographical constraints of the region and consider FEMA and high fire severity zones in the RHNA Methodology in order to accurately address development constraints.."
Last cycle MV RHNA was 129, and was met. The 865 new units wold add about 2000 to the population.
This addition is a concern for the 14,000+ residents living in the most hazardous (unincorporated) areas above. Evacuation access is already extremely limited, and often clogged with tourist traffic.
It has been extremely difficult for the city to identify buildable land available for new development, that meets guidelines. The city is largely reliant on owners of already developed commercial land (our local businesses) to raze buildings and erect dense housing.
Mill Valley signed a resolution affirming importance of local control
Re-submitted. Waiting for response.
Housing Element out of compliance 5/2/23
Planning Commission Adopts Resolution on Housing Element
At their February 28, 2023 meeting, the Planning Commission passed a Resolution recommending that the City Council adopt the Housing Element.
The initial site list had too many properties without owner interest in disrupting local business for conversion of commercial space to residential.
Currently C3 is main table:
Response from HCD after first draft Housing Element was submitted.
Write emails to City Council here:
Currently parking lot and restrooms for Hauke Park fields
69,000 square foot, massively out of scale
Neighbors, who already live in the area with the heaviest concentration of low income multi family developments, pushed back on the massive scale of this project. Originally proposed at 22 units, it is now 45 units, parking , a community center, resource center, and outdoor patio.
It is situated directly across the park from the MV Community Center. It is considered a walkable distance to a transit hub, but it is a strenuous walk to the bus stop on East Blithedale, and even less accessible by foot to Redwood Highway. Closest grocer to this low income development is Whole Foods.
The process has been one of presentations to community, during Covid, always a done deal but presented as if changes were possible.
FROM THE CITY SITE:
1 Hamilton News - The City has partnered with EAH Housing to develop approximately 45 low-income rental apartments at the northern portion of 1 Hamilton. City planners and the EAH Housing Team are in the process of assembling information based on City Council and Planning Commission direction. The City will provide an announcement to the community once application materials are submitted, and will be made available to the community upon completion.
Link to city project plans
Asbestos and other site issues
ABOUT HAMILTON https://www.cityofmillvalley.org/DocumentCenter/View/5585/2023_04_20-FAQs?bidId=
25 units, 6 under market rate, over 2,000 sq ft commercial space at the intersection of Camino Alto and E Blithedake, driveway at spot where two lanes narrow to one.
Despite a very thorough appeal filed by Community Ventures Partners against the Richardson project, the City Council was pressured by HCD to approve it, and caved to the developer without any concessions,
City staff and attorney claimed the city had no choice. .
Planning & Building News
575 E. Blithedale - "Richardson Terrace" Appeal Denied - At their March 6, 2023 meeting, the City Council voted 3-1 to deny the appeal of the Planning Commission action to approve the mixed-use project referred to as “Richardson Terrace.” View the Agenda and Staff Report | Watch the meeting video
the project is not consistent with the Mill Valley General Plan or the Zoning Ordinance. As such, it should require a review under (CEQA) and thus an (EIR). The current zoning is listed as commercial; however the project plan only shows the commercial space at 5.6% of the total square footage. The intentions of the General Plan and Zoning make it perfectly clear that the site is to be developed, primarily, for commercial use with residential use being a “small-scale, multi-family residential” secondary use.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
If the Richardson Terrace project is allowed to be approved as is, every developer in the future will argue for approval without conformance to our General Plan, based on the precedent set by the city's decision. We will be losing our ability for local input on development. The city council is bound by its duty to its citizens, amd we need our elected representatives to use their authority and their right to stand up for our community.