November 28, 2023
City Hall - Council Chambers
26 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Planning Commission Meeting
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
View or download the November 28, 2023 Planning Commission meeting agenda (PDF).
View or download the November 28, 2023 Planning Commission agenda and staff reports (LINK).
CALL TO ORDER
PUBLIC OPEN TIME: Time for comments from members of the public on issues not on this Planning Commission agenda. (Limited to 3 minutes per person)
APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
PUBLIC HEARING: For each of the following items, the public will be given an opportunity to speak. After a staff report, the Chair will open the public hearing and invite the applicant or applicant’s representative to make any comments. Members of the public will be invited to provide testimony to the Commission following the applicant. Speakers should state their name for the record and can address the Commission for three minutes. After all public comments have been received, the public hearing will be closed, and the Commission will discuss the item and take appropriate action(s).
DISCLOSURE OF EX PARTE COMMUNICATIONS: Prior to a project hearing Planning Commission Members must disclose any communications they have had on any quasi-judicial agenda items. This includes, but is not limited to, Design Reviews, Tentative Subdivision Maps, Parcel Maps, Variances, and Conditional Use Permits. This does not disqualify the Planning Commission Member from participating and voting on the matter but gives the public and applicant an opportunity to comment on the ex parte communication.
1. 1 Hamilton Drive –Affordable Multi-Family Housing Project– PL23-5167 (Ross)
A Design Review application to construct an affordable housing development on the northerly portion of the city-owned property at 1 Hamilton Drive (Assessor’s Parcel 030-250-01). The Project includes the construction of a four-story podium-style building with 45 affordable housing units, ground floor parking garage with 63 residential parking spaces and outdoor courtyard for residents. The project also includes the replacement of the existing 38 public parking spaces and public restroom facilities on the site. The existing Public Safety Building (PSB) parking lot will be reconfigured to include up to 50 public parking spaces, public restrooms, and electric vehicle charging. Secured parking for police and fire vehicles will be provided in the rear of the PSB parking lot. A Tree Removal Permit is required to remove approximately 45 trees with replacement landscaping proposed. The project also includes an amendment to the Zoning Map to rezone the 1.75-acre housing site from Open Area (O-A) to Multi-family Bayfront (RM-B).
The City of Mill Valley Planning Department, as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has prepared A Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Project. The Planning Department will accept written public comments on Draft EIR through December 15, 2023. Oral comments on the Draft EIR will be received at the November 28 Planning Commission meeting. At the close of the public hearing, Planning Commission will consider the Draft EIR and make a recommendation to City council to finalize and certify the EIR. See the project website to access application materials, including the Draft EIR: www.cityofmillvalley.org/hamilton.
Recommended Action: Conduct public hearing and consider the adoption of:
1. Resolution No. 23-06, to recommend that City Council finalize and certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 1 Hamilton Affordable Housing Project (State Clearinghouse Number 2022120597; APN 030-250-01); and
2. Resolution No. 23-07, to recommend that City Council approve rezoning of the northern portion of 1 Hamilton Drive (APN 030-250-01), from “Open Area” (O-A) to “Residential Multi-family Bayfront” (RM-B) and update the Zoning Map; and
3. Resolution No. 23-08, to recommend that City Council approve the design review and tree removal permit applications for the proposed affordable housing project including modifications to the Public Safety Building site at 1 Hamilton Drive (APN 030-250-01).
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: None
PLANNING AND BUILDING DIRECTOR’S REPORT: