LA council reviews 2009 Civic Center Master Plan

The Los Altos City Council last week took the initial step in a 10-month effort to update the city’s 2009 Civic Center Master Plan by hosting a public review of the document.

The nearly three-hour session was a standing-room-only affair that included a 45-minute presentation of the plan by Anderson Brulé Architects, hired to conduct the 2009 master plan process and the city’s current update. The review included a question-and-answer session with the public that addressed the motivations and processes behind the city’s plan.


Food truck ordinance finalized

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
In a 4-1 vote on Jan. 28 the Los Altos city council voted to ban mobile food trucks, like the one above, from parking within 300 feet of public schools, parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance that would regulate food truck operations within city limits.

Councilwoman Jan Pepper cast the lone dissenting vote after asking her colleagues to forgo the ordinance in favor of a community workshop with the affected residents “to come up with something that’s workable for everyone.”


Council approves funds for civic center update

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved funding of up to $184,000 for the services of a consultant to lead the update of its five-year-old Civic Center Master Plan.

The decision to retain the services of Anderson Brulé Architects – a consultant for the original 2009 master plan – came after the council opted earlier in January to move forward with a 10-month time frame for the revamp design. As previously reported by the Town Crier, the update focuses primarily on replacing the aging Hillview Community Center with a new multiuse, multigenerational facility.


Stormwater Master Plan in the works

A plan that could cost as much as $25 million for stormwater drainage improvements is winding its way through the city’s approval process.

According to Public Works Director Jim Gustafson, the Stormwater Master Plan essentially outlines the city’s maintenance and capital improvement needs over a 20-year period to address various drainage system problems and conform to federal regulatory requirements such as the Clean Water Act of 1972. An initial draft, which took approximately two years to complete, was presented last week during a Los Altos City Council session.


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