Sustainable Mill Valley

A Tutorial: A Sustainable Mill Valley Takes Shape

The Natural Environment is Our Precious Heritage

Mill Valley takes time out, to consider development in environmentally sensitive areas... Moratorium on Construction: Effective June 18 for 10 months, 15 days, this ordinance prohibits development on lots with an existing slope of 50% or greater, and on lots with an existing slope of 30% or greater if located within 50 feet of a public trail, including the Cypress trail and the Monte Vista fire road, or open space land, or a stream or creek as shown on the town's flood insurance rate map. Expansion of homes in which the residence located on a 50% or greater slope, where the addition will exceed 50% of the existing floor plan, is also prohibited.

During the moratorium, the City Council, via the Hillside Development Task Force, will receive input from MV residents concerning issues raised by this 'time out'.

Keeping our Streams Clean

The Mill Valley StreamKeepers is a community action group working to restore and protect Mill Valley's watershed for the well being of its wildlife and the enjoyment of our current and future residents.

Steps, Lanes and Paths Restoration Plan

The plan is a community-based effort to survey and repair the network of pathways that were built when the town was formed over 100 years ago, to connect its populace. This system of steps, lanes and paths enables children, seniors, and other walkers to access public transportation, retail areas, schools, and the library, while enjoying the safety of walking on paths away from cars. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Contact: Victoria Talkington at

Marin Baylands National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be deciding on whether to create the Marin Baylands National Wildlife Refuge. This is an opportunity for Marin County residents to participate in its planning.

A Tutorial: A Sustainable Mill Valley Takes Shape...

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Natural environment

Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls is part of a
network of creeks and streams
in Mill Valley that maintains
our floral and faunal diversity,
and feeds fresh water into the
bay and ultimately the
Pacific Ocean.

Egrets in Bothin Marsh
Mill Valley's waterways are home or a
resting place for many wild birds, such as
this group of snowy egrets in Bothin Marsh.

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Last updated: 1/6/02