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December 5, 2022
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Harmonie Park taps former mayor to launch land-use consultancy

Marcia Jensen
One of the developers behind the North 40 project along Highway 17 in Los Gatos has brought the town’s former mayor, Marcia Jensen, on board to launch a consultancy. The Bachman Avenue-headquartered Harmonie Park Development, a company with around 10 million square feet under management,...

Referendum throws wrench into Los Gatos’ housing plans

collecting signatures in Los Gatos
Despite Town Council having already decided on how much housing to plan for when it passed the 2040 General Plan earlier this year, an organization pushing for slow growth had managed to get a couple key parts of it put on hold. But the group...

Los Gatos approves four-condo development

Planning Commission July 27
After a “public hearing” that didn’t attract any public commenters, Planning Commission approved a four-condo development that staff had initially recommended against, July 27. It almost didn’t even happen, as 10 minutes into the meeting the applicant hadn’t shown up to the Zoom meeting—so...

Memo: County Planning suffering serious backlog issues

Sidney French uphill
The County department that’s been threatening a Santa Cruz Mountains resident with thousands of dollars in fines and possible civil or criminal prosecution has been dealing with serious backlog problems, according to a 2019 memo obtained by the Los Gatan. Sidney French, 69, who lives...

The ‘Wild’ case of a woman placed at-risk due to sketchy Santa Clara County paperwork

Sidney French at home. (Drew Penner / Los Gatan)
The office of Harry Ryan was the place Jack London penned his seminal novel “the Call of the Wild,” about a dog that’s taken from the Santa Clara Valley to the Klondike, where he befriends wolves and leads a sled team. Ryan, who met London...

General Plan adopted: Council shuts down density increases in single-family areas, but up-zones elsewhere

Looking out from the Los Gatos hills
On June 30, Los Gatos adopted a General Plan that takes strides toward making the community a more welcoming place for people of all backgrounds, while restricting the number of homes that will be allowed to sprout in some areas. The document, which will guide...

Los Gatos considering historic-home tax break

president of historical society
Amid the minutiae of General Plan deliberations on Monday, the Los Gatos Town Council voted to move forward with a plan to consider a tax break for owners of historic properties. Mayor Rob Rennie—who said the Mills Act provision “seems like a subsidy for rich...

General Plan: Council narrowly rejects proposal that might violate housing rules

Council meeting snapshot
The hard-won consensus achieved by the Planning Commission about what housing should be built in Los Gatos was shattered by multiple stones as Council took up the General Plan Monday. It included a broadside by Mayor Rob Rennie, who proposed introducing an entirely new zoning...

Los Gatos approves process to raise density at North 40 site

Bellaterra at Los Gatos Grand Opening
The Los Gatos Town Council voted to support increasing—to 40 units-per-acre—the number of homes the developer of the North 40 mixed-use project can build, during a milestone General Plan debate, Monday. But the elected officials opted not to require a floor of 30 units-per-acre, as...

Council approves list of places for 1,993 homes

North 40 sunset
Council began to get into the nitty-gritty of where new housing should go, during its meeting June 7, as it approved a place list from the Housing Element Advisory Board. Associate Planner Jocelyn Shoopman introduced the item, explaining the locations had been organized into three...

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