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April 12, 2024
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Pair of contrasting housing projects raise local hackles

two new projects
The stage has been set for the next phase of residential development reticence in Los Gatos as two new housing projects have officially entered the arena: a blocky apartment complex and a traditional suburban cul-de-sac. The developers behind both say they qualify for fast-tracking under...

Alberto Way housing project submitted to planning department

multi-family housing plan site at 405 Alberto Way
With its central pool, palm trees and great room veranda balcony views, 405 Alberto Way became the first official Senate Bill 330 proposal to move from pre-application stage to a genuine project in-play in Los Gatos, last week. SB 330, which went into effect on...

Residents overjoyed with new digs at North 40’s Walnut Grove

Connie Binning smiles
Connie Binning moved to California from Minnesota in the 1960s, settling first in Santa Rosa, and, a few years later, moving her family to Los Gatos. “Back then I used to drive the truck in to Rural Supply and buy hay for my daughter’s horse,”...

North 40 developer submits Phase II plans featuring 2-acre public park, 68 low-income apartments

North 40 in the distance
Grosvenor Property Americas, the developer of the large mixed-use project called the North 40 located just south of San Jose and Campbell, says it will donate nearly two acres of land to affordable housing builder Eden Housing. Its comprehensive Phase II plan, submitted to the...

Homeowner reports County Counsel for elder abuse

Sidney French during 2023 storms
A 69-year-old Los Gatos resident who’s been unable to repair the old cabin she lives in, due to a paperwork dispute with Santa Clara County, has now filed an elder abuse complaint against the Office of the County Counsel. Sidney French claims documents for her...

Town shares holiday hours; renter input sought for housing plan; LG gets first-aid training center (local scene)

CPR chest compressions
LOCAL SCENE for the week of Dec. 14-20, 2022. Town offices closing for holidays Town of Los Gatos administrative offices will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2.  The library will also be closed Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 2. Renter input sought for Housing Element update The Town of Los...

Planning Commission sides with homeowner in dispute with County Fire

Bay Area hillside development
A homeowner who sought an exception to new fire-safe rules recently rolled out by the State won over Planning Commissioners and was granted development approval. Despite Santa Clara County Fire Department representatives appearing in the special Zoom meeting on Nov. 21 to argue against allowing...

Los Gatos adopts objective design standards for multi-family homes

Los Gatos objective standards
Town Council agreed on a set of design rules that will govern multi-family homebuilding in the community, during its Nov. 15 meeting. The so-called “objective standards” may not be exactly to the liking of every Council member, but at least having them in place will...

SB9 rules: Los Gatos introduces permanent lot-split ordinance

Marico Says
The Los Gatos Town Council introduced an ordinance Nov. 1 that would guide the development of lot-split housing, a type of project that’s been mandated by Sacramento in a bid to solve the affordability crisis. The permanent plan to address Senate Bill 9 would replace...

Town settles on sites to target for residential development

housing element sites locations
Los Gatos submitted its draft Housing Element plan, which sets out how the Town plans to grow the number of residential units in the community, to State officials Oct. 14. While the Housing Element approach to urban planning has been with California for decades, only...

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