Have you heard of the Housing Element in Los Gatos? That phrase refers to our “strategic plan for housing the Town’s present and future residents,” per the town’s website. (LOTS of info on that page also.)
The state requires us to prepare for both the current and future housing needs and the plan must be updated every 8 years.
This morning I was emailed about the community meeting which will take place at the end of the month, and asked to help spread the word. Most of us would like a say in what happens in our neighborhoods, so I’m very happy to communicate the meeting’s info to you. Here’s what was shared with me:
The Town of Los Gatos is updating the Housing Element and we are reaching out to interested members of the public to spread the word regarding an upcoming Housing Element Update Community Meeting. This meeting will focus on the Site Selection process and assisting the Town in choosing where to focus future housing opportunities. The Town’s Housing Element is a strategic plan for housing the Town’s present and future residents. This meeting will take place via teleconference (Zoom) on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Webinar ID: 893 4924 4451
We ask that you share this upcoming community meeting with your colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family. If individuals are unable to attend the community meeting, a recording will be available at https://EngageLosGatosHousing.com/. We look forward to your participation and input.
For more information and engagement opportunities visit the Town’s Housing Element Update website at https://EngageLosGatosHousing.com/.
Los Gatos has some unique challenges since much of our town’s land is in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, and except for the addition of ADUs, construction appears to be discouraged by CalFire in those areas. Even parts of town not in that precise zone are still in higher fire risk areas. It will be interesting to see how this is factored in to the long range real estate planning for our area.