From the City Manager's Desk: Downtown Vision project needs your feedback

Over the last several years, there have been many community discussions regarding development projects and how they may or may not fit the character of Los Altos. Ask one person what makes Los Altos unique and you might hear comments about its small-town charm, yet someone else may remark about the specialty shops they can only find in Los Altos. As a new resident, I’m coming to find my own definition of what makes Los Altos such a wonderful place to live.

As stewards of your city, the Los Altos City Council and staff have initiated a community vision process for the downtown area. The Downtown Vision effort will include multiple opportunities for the community to engage in the process and share ideas. The objective of the process is to gather feedback from all community members to identify the most preferred direction for maintaining and enhancing the vitality of downtown Los Altos. For the Downtown Vision project to be successful, we need to hear from you.

A Downtown Visioning kickoff event was hosted April 18 at Veterans Community Plaza, and several additional pop-up workshops are on the horizon. Workshops are scheduled May 4 at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market on State Street, May 17 at Grant Park Community Center and July 7 at an upcoming First Friday event downtown.

The city seeks to engage as many community members in the Downtown Vision project as possible. The more public input that is gathered during this process, the more representative the final downtown vision will be of community preferences. The final preferred vision scenario that emerges from the project will provide guidance to the city council as it makes decisions about the future direction of downtown.

All residents and businesses in Los Altos were mailed a postcard with information about the Downtown Vision project, dates of upcoming workshops and links to the project website ( In coming weeks, a communitywide survey will also be mailed out and made available online to gather ideas about the future vision of downtown Los Altos.

Everyone is encouraged to connect in some way, whether at an in-person workshop, by completing upcoming surveys or by signing up to receive Downtown Vision project updates at Questions or comments about the project can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the Downtown Vision.

Chris Jordan is city manager of Los Altos.

Note: This online version has been updated to correct an error referencing the date of the Downtown Visioning kickoff event. The print edition of this story incorrectly stated the event took place "last week."


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