• City of Millbrae
    General Plan 2040

Upcoming Event!
Joint Planning Commission/City Council Study Session on the 2040 General Plan Update

June 28, 2021 @ 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Location: Teleconference (LINK) or call in: 1(669)900-9128
Meeting ID: 876 3092 4892

Download the Active Transportation Plan!

The Draft Active Transportation Plan is for public review. The Plan is intended to achieve the mobility, environmental, and health benefits of bicycling and walking, from both a recreation and transportation standpoint, that Millbrae and other cities recognize are important to a thriving 21st century city.

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 Pan (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
61621 Magnolia Avenue
P.O. Box 2819
Millbrae, CA 94030
Phone (650) 259-2341