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February 28, 2024
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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...

Housing density tops questions in General Plan update

Housing Development Study Session
As Council members discussed the emerging General Plan and Housing Element documents, during a special session Dec. 7, they appeared hyper-aware they were dealing with one of the most sensitive subjects for many locals. Officials looked at how the Town might alter its plans now...

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...

Los Gatos extends carrot to developers in hopes of netting some affordable housing under SB9

Feb 1 Council Meeting Zoom
Councilmember Matthew Hudes didn’t quite get the version of a temporary Senate Bill 9 ordinance he would’ve liked to have seen—so he was the single “no” vote against the one passed by Council Tuesday night. He said it didn’t go far enough to ensure...

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...

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...

Homeowners, renters see future of Los Gatos differently

Housing Survey by Residential Status
The results of a new survey from the Los Gatos Community Alliance show that when it comes to the future of Los Gatos, there’s a gaping divide—between homeowners and renters. This survey of registered voters in Los Gatos, conducted Oct. 12-18 via telephone interview, email...

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...

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,...

Los Gatos kicks off development conversations with first Housing Element meeting of the year

North 40 homes
As General Plan Update Advisory Committee (GPAC) Chair Melanie Hanssen got a peek—along with other Housing Element Advisory Board (HEAB) members—at the two digital tools Los Gatos will use to propose its contribution to combatting California’s housing crisis, she forecast a hearty community back-and-forth...

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