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Los Gatos Housing Element – Public Commentary Period

Town of Los Gatos Housing Element LogoIf you want a say in shaping the blueprint of Los Gatos’ future, now is your opportunity to comment on the Housing Element.

If you’re reading this article, you probably live or work in Los Gatos and have a real interest in it’s future. Like much of California, Los Gatos has been in a housing shortage for decades. The Housing Element will determine how to meet the needs of the Town’s future, and engagement from locals will help direct how it meets the needs of the community.

Every 8 years the state requires each municipality to create a plan for future development, especially housing development, to meet the needs of current and future populations (read about it on the Town’s page on the General Plan). Back in March we shared information about one of the first community meetings on the Town of Los Gatos Housing element. As of late August 2022, the first draft has been published and is in the public review and commentary period.

To view the plan draft, visit EngageLosGatosHousing.com/. There you can find a copy of the plan as well as a timeline, scheduled public events, sign up for email updates, and even submit commentary on some of the selected sites. Read to the end of this article for a quick list of ways to engage, including in-person and virtual opportunities to ask Town staff questions about the plan.

Affordable Housing In Los Gatos

For this planning cycle, it has been determined that Los Gatos needs to increase housing by 1,993 units. Nearly 58% of that has been allocated to moderate and above moderate income housing and the other 42% is allocated lower income household. We need all of those homes!

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Housing Element

Housing Element Update Community MeetingHave 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.

Via Zoom:

Webinar ID: 893 4924 4451

Passcode: 623258

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.