The Mountain View City Council has scheduled a June 30 hearing regarding the 53-home development proposed for Mountain View’s former pumpkin patch and vegetable stand on Grant Road. City zoning administrator Peter Gilli is expected to recommend approval for the final environmental review and conditional approval for the project, according to assistant planner Rebecca Shapiro.
SummerHill Homes’ proposed development would redirect Levin Road to meet Covington Road at Grant Road.
Some Los Altos residents in that area have expressed concern that traffic from the 14.5-acre housing complex would adversely impact the Covington Road neighborhood.
A draft environmental impact report estimated the project would generate an additional 517 daily trips. Traffic on Covington Road between Grant and Miramonte Avenue is expected to increase by 222 trips daily above the current average of 4,940.
If the Mountain View City Council approves the proposed project, the development will enter its final map and building permit stages.
The Los Altos City Council received no satisfaction when it contacted Mountain View about its concerns regarding the Covington intersection. The council has scheduled further discussion of the project. Councilmen Ron Packard and David Casas discussed exploring stronger actions Los Altos might take to influence the routing decision.
"I wonder if the only way that we're going to get their attention is if we begin exploring the concept of ingress and egress. What if we were to change the intersection of Covington and Grant, where from Covington there's only egress?" Packard speculated.