- Published on Wednesday, 14 May 2008 04:07
- Written by Town Crier Staff Report
After two and a half years of volunteer work from six town residents, the Los Altos Hills City Council unanimously approved the land use and pathways element - the final phase - of the general plan last week.
The plan consisted of three project phases. The council adopted the introduction, conservation, open space and recreation elements in April 2007, followed by the noise and safety elements in November.
The revised document updated the general plan to reflect current town practices – correcting errors, inaccuracies and obsolete references – to give residents a basis for changes made since it was defined in 1975. The committee released more accurate documents, including improved graphics that depict existing conditions.
The sparsely populated town hall meeting sans residents' complaints is a testament to the outstanding work, said Mayor pro tem Jean Mordo.
The approval included recommendations from the planning commission, Foothill College and Los Altos Hills Open Space Committee.
"This is really the constitution of the town of Los Altos Hills," said Mayor Craig Jones.
He presented committee members with congratulatory gifts for their hard work.
"Carmel spent $250,000 to do what this set of volunteers has done," Jones said.
â€¢Â The Los Altos Hills City Council has scheduled an informal study session May 22 to consider an amendment to building regulations. The draft ordinance will establish green-building requirements for construction of new public facilities and residences.
Planning Director Debbie Pedro said the ordinance would be a way to formalize and bring together all current "green" townwide incentives. City staff expects to review the draft ordinance at a June or July meeting.