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'Design thrash' propels revising downtown specs, height limits

The Los Altos City Council is pursuing new development standards that may help bypass the push and pull of designing downtown projects.

Following residents’ mixed reaction to recent construction – particularly the “canyon effect” along First Street – the council formed the Downtown Buildings Committee to determine next steps to ensure that buildings meet community expectations.

Joint meeting reviews substandard lot details

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Standards discussed at the Los Altos Hills City Council-Planning Commission study session last week could have saved the Deerfield Drive project, lots highlighted above, from months of limbo while council and commission members mulled sufficient objective criteria with which to judge their housing projects.

Mindful of the future annexation of unincorporated Santa Clara County slices into Los Altos Hills, town officials assembled May 23 to explore two issues routinely plaguing neighborly relations: substandard lots and pathways.

Although no finalizing measures were taken, the rare joint Los Altos Hills City Council-Planning Commission study session served to iron out the details of town policy.

Residents driven to share cost on Loucks speed humps

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Los Altos resident Don Gardyne, with his wife, Alison, initiated the effort to install speed humps on Loucks Avenue.

A year after a speeding car barreled through their front yard and flipped onto their neighbors’ lawn, Don and Alison Gardyne are one step closer to slowing down motorists.

“It takes desperation, which I think our neighborhood has,” Don Gardyne told the Town Crier. “That’s the only driving factor that got us to a solution in a timely manner.”

Commuters take to two wheels Thursday

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Wes Brinsfield, left, chairman of the Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, provides information to a past year’s Bike to Work Day cyclist.

Grab your helmet: May 12 is the 22nd annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day.

University/Edith crosswalk tops schools route project list

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Residents supporting safe routes to school hope that a crosswalk at West Edith and University avenues will improve safety.

After more than a year of pedestrian advocacy, a group of neighbors last week secured the Los Altos City Council’s go-ahead for a new crosswalk.

The $198,875 project at University and West Edith avenues will feature street striping and roadside signs, possibly with flashing warning lights.

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