• City of Millbrae
    General Plan 2040

Upcoming Meeting: Continuation of a City Council to Hold Public Hearing on the General Plan Update, Specific Plan, Related Zoning Code Amendments, and EIR

On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the Millbrae City Council will hold a public hearing on the Millbrae 2040 General Plan Update and the Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan. The Council will also be reviewing the related Zoning Code Amendments, updated Zoning Map, and Environmental Impact Report (EIR). 

The Council will consider the following resolutions and ordinance: (1) a resolution certifying the Environmental Impact Report for the Millbrae 2040 General Plan, Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan (DT&ECR Specific Plan), Zoning Code Amendments and the updated Millbrae Zoning Map, (2) a resolution adopting the Millbrae 2040 General Plan update, and Downtown and El Camino Real Specific Plan, and the Updated Millbrae Zoning Map, and (3) waive the reading of the full title and introduce an ordinance amending the Millbrae Municipal Code Title 10 to implement the new DT&ECR Specific Plan.

This meeting is open to the public and there will be an opportunity for public comment. This meeting will be held virtually.

Meeting Information

Thursday, December 1, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m.

via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81399368182)

Click the link below to view the agenda and other meeting information.

Draft Environment Impact Report

This EIR has been prepared to examine the potential environmental effects of the 2040 General Plan and the Downtown & El Camino Real Specific Plan.

Public Review Draft 2040 General Plan

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

Downtown & El Camino Real Specific Plan

The Public Review Draft of the Downtown & El Camino Real Specific Plan was released on June 16, 2022 for public review.

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. 

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