• City of Millbrae
    General Plan 2040

Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on the General Plan Update, Specific Plan, Zoning Code Amendments, and EIR

On Thursday, October 6, 2022, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Millbrae 2040 General Plan Update and the Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan. The Commission will also be reviewing the related Zoning Code Amendments, updated Zoning Map, and Environmental Impact Report (EIR). 

The Commission will be considering a recommendation to the Millbrae City Council to 1) adopt the Millbrae 2040 General Plan Update, Downtown and El Camino Read Specific Plan, the related Zoning Code Amendments, and the updated Millbrae Zoning Map, and (2) certify the EIR.

This public hearing is open to the public and there will be the opportunity for public comment.

Meeting Information

Thursday, October 6, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.

Millbrae City Council Chamber
621 Magnolia Ave
Millbrae, CA

AND via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81212851606)

Click the link below to the meeting agenda, packet, and Zoom information.

Planning Commission Held Public Hearing on the Draft Housing Element

On Monday, September 19, 2022 the Planning Commission held a public hearing to review the Draft Housing Element, and recommended that the Millbrae City Council accept the Draft Housing Element and authorize transmittal to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

Meeting Information

When: Monday, September 19, 2022 @7:00 p.m.

Where: Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81212851606)

Thank you for attending!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the community open house last night and shared their thoughts about the Public Review Draft of the 2040 General Plan Update and Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan. If you couldn’t make it to the event last night you can download and view the posters here.

If you would like to submit a written public comment on the General Plan Update or the Specific Plan, click “Get Involved” at the top of the screen or email the Millbrae Community Development Department at planning@ci.millbrae.ca.us.

Upcoming Community Workshop!

The Draft 2040 General Plan is available for public review and we need your input! The city is hosting a community workshop on August 24th for community members to learn more about the 2040 General Plan and provide feedback.

The workshop will also include information about the Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan and the Environmental Impact Report for both the General Plan and the Specific Plan. 

Workshop Information

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 6:30-8:00 p.m.

City of Millbrae Recreation Center (Great Hall)
477 Lincoln Circle
Millbrae, CA 94030

2040 General Plan + Downtown & El Camino Real Specific Plan
Draft Environment Impact Report Available Now!

This EIR has been prepared to examine the potential environmental effects of the proposed plans.
Please use the button below to download the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

Have a comment? Email: planning@ci.millbrae.ca.us

Public Review Draft General Plan Available Now!

The Public Review Draft General Plan was released on June 14, 2022 for public review.

Have a comment? Email: planning@ci.millbrae.ca.us

Joint City Council & Planning Commission Study Session – Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan 

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the City held a Joint City Council & Planning Commission Study Session on the Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan. If you were unable to attend the Study Session, please view a video of the event here. 

Joint City Council & Planning Commission Study Session – General Plan Update 

Thank you for those that attended the Joint City Council & Planning Commission Study Session, held virtually on February 15, 2022. For those of you that missed it, or were unable to attend, the study session focused on the Millbrae General Plan preliminary public review draft Mobility and Circulation Element, Recreation and Culture Element, Natural Resource Conservation Element, and Health and Safety Element. The presentation can viewed by clicking on the link to the right. 

Downtown & El Camino Real Specific Plan

The Public Review Draft Downtown & El Camino Real Specific Plan was released on June 16, 2022 for public review. The Specific Plan establishes a vision for the downtown district and the El Camino Real corridor, providing overarching policy framework and design standards in order to achieve that vision. The purpose of the Plan is to enhance the quality of life by providing a road-map for future growth that emphasizes transit-oriented, mixed-use development that provides a mix of housing, restaurants, general commercial, hotels, offices, and entertainment uses.

June 2022 Newsletter

The June 2022 General Plan newsletter provides an overview of the General Plan Update process, shares progress on the Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan, and shares ways for you to get involved.

Notice of Preparation of Environmental Impact Report 

The City recently initiated preparation of the Environmental Impact Report for the Millbrae 2040 General Plan, Downtown & El Camino Real Specific Plan, and Associated Zoning Code Amendments. A Notice of Preparation was released on December 3, 2021, which provided notice for the public review period that ended on January 7, 2022. The City held a public EIR scoping meeting on December 16, 2021 via video conference to provide an opportunity for agency staff and interested members of the public to submit verbal comments on the scope of the environmental issues to be addressed in the EIR

The City of Millbrae Active Transportation Plan has been Adopted.

On October 12, 2021, the City Council passed and adopted the Active Transportation Plan. The Active Transportation Plan serves as the City of Millbrae’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The Plan’s multiple elements address the city’s existing bicycle and pedestrian conditions, the city’s needs, goals and policies to support a robust and comfortable active transportation network, additional recommendations at key locations, and implementation strategies for the proposed Plan. Use the link below to view the City Council Meeting:

The General Plan Update process started in 2015 as a comprehensive update to the existing General Plan, along with the Preparation of a Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan (originally defined as the Planned Development Area Specific Plan), and the related program Environmental Impact Report for CEQA compliance. Over the course of the following years, extensive community engagement occurred including a four-day Community Planning and Design Charette in November 2016 to help design the future of downtown and El Camino Real. The Charrette provided a unique opportunity for everyone who participated to be a co-author of the General Plan and Priority Development Area (PDA) Specific Plan.

In addition to the Charrette, the project incorporated a variety of Joint City Council and Planning Commission Study Sessions. The purpose of the Study Sessions was to provide an overview of the project, identify key steps, review the Vision and Guiding Principles, the Phase I Public Input Summary: Issues and Opportunities and Existing Conditions Report, and to get direction on the preparation of the PDA Specific Plan and General Plan Update.

A detailed Existing Conditions Report and a Report on the Phase I Public Input Summary: Issues, Opportunities, and Vision was published in August 2016. An Administrative draft General Plan and Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan was prepared for staff review in 2017, but the work was largely stopped in 2019 and was not restarted until now. The City has resumed work on the project to pick up where it left off and will include a General Plan Update, Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan, Active Transportation Plan, Housing Element Update, Implementing Zoning Code Amendments, and Related Environment Impact Report.   

Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to having your help in developing the plan for our future

The Journey Begins Here


The General Plan Update is once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the next 20 years of Millbrae’s growth and change. This citywide process will create a new vision that is inclusive and reflects the needs and expectations of the community.  How can the City improve your quality of life? How can the City enhance public services and infrastructure? Where should people live and work within the city? How will changes in the city influence the future for your children?  With your participation, the General Plan Update will answer these and many other questions about our future!

The General Plan guides the physical development of the city. Its policies provide a framework within which the City Council makes decisions that are consistent with the community’s vision for the future. We want to make sure that Millbrae grows in a healthy, sustainable, and resilient way. In order to succeed, WE need YOU! Please explore our website for more information and ways you can engage in this important process. We hope you are a part of the City’s effort to craft the new General Plan for our community’s future.

Join the Conversation

Provide your email address to stay up-to-date on meetings and key milestones.  The General Plan Team will send out timely emails throughout the process concerning upcoming events, workshops, meetings, and project documents.

The General Plan Update Process

Phase 1: Project Restart

Phase 2: Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan (current)

Phase 3: Infrastructure Analysis and Financing Plan (current)

Phase 4: General Plan Policy Document (current)

Phase 5: Active Transportation Plan (current)

Phase 6: Housing Element  

Phase 7: Community Engagement

Phase 8: Program Environmental Impact Report  

Phase 9: Plan Adoption and Final Documents


Millbrae 2040 

City of Millbrae
Community Development Department
621 Magnolia Avenue
Millbrae, CA 94030
Phone (650) 259-2341