Earlier this week, the Los Gatos Town Planning Commission recommended that the proposed Grosvenor development in the “North 40” be denied by the Los Gatos Town Council. Reasons cited are that it does not appear to be in conformity with the town’s plan for that large parcel.
The Mercury News reports that:
In advising against approval, the commission’s majority found that the project — being led by Grosvenor in partnership with SummerHilland Eden Housing — was “not consistent” with the town’s land-use guidelines in four ways: It doesn’t address unmet housing needs in the town for seniors; it doesn’t adequately incorporate hillside views in the layout in conformance with town open-space guidelines; it relied on a flawed economic study of its impact on downtown Los Gatos; and its density is too high on a portion of the site.
The first phase of the project would include 320 housing units (including 50 affordable units for seniors) and 66,000 square feet of retail.
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On Tuesday evening, the Los Gatos Town Council took a look at the North 40 development proposal. Needless to say, with this being the last large open space in town, what to do next is controversial. A couple of developers have ideas on what should be there – but the townsfolk aren’t really in accord. There are concerns about traffic, over crowding at schools which are already struggling, plus the concern about the simple fact of disappearing open space.
At stake Tuesday night was the Environmental Impact Report, which had to be approved for the project to move ahead.
As the EIR was not well supported, a motion was made to delay the decision while more information was gathered and that motion passed 3-2. Read more on the San Jose Mercury News website (at least for now – the articles do not stay up forever).
June 30, 2011
Just a couple more days to do this and it only takes about two minutes – if you haven’t provided your feedback yet, the town wants to hear from you! What type of architectural style would be most appropriate in the “North 40”? If you’re new here, this is the last, large open space in Los Gatos. It is nearly 40 acres and is bounded by Los Gatos Boulevard, Lark Avenue, Highway 17 and Highway 85. Please be heard – how should look when it’s developed over the next few years?
If you’re a resident of Los Gatos, please take a few moments to answer the 33 question survey on your preferences for the North 40. The survey closes in early July, so don’t wait!