After study session, LAH officials to weigh competing proposals for town hall expansion


Courtesy of Duxbury Architects
Mayor John Radford, Councilman Roger Spreen and town staff members worked with architect Peter Duxbury to create the concept, now referred to as “Plan A,” for the expansion of town hall, above.

When Los Altos Hills resident Scott Vanderlip imagines the future of town hall, he envisions classrooms buzzing with activity, dinner functions capable of accommodating 120 people and picnickers lazing on a grassy green lawn. Councilman Roger Spreen’s version includes modestly expanded office space for city staff members, a secure emergency operations center and additional conference rooms. And town hall neighbor Diana Huffman would prefer things remain exactly as they are.

“This isn’t a destination,” Huffman told Planning Commissioners at their Nov. 1 meeting. “You guys do your jobs here and at 5 o’clock, you go home and we enjoy our peace and quiet. I don’t want people here at night having meetings.”

LAH eyes 'granny units' as housing crisis solution

Los Altos Hills residents considering the addition of in-law quarters, converted pool houses or granny units to their properties could eventually see the prospect sweetened as officials begin mulling incentives promoting such construction.

Los Altos council item prompts discussion on environmental review

After residents who live near the proposed housing project at 5150 El Camino Real voiced their concerns at last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting, council members and city staff discussed what an initial environmental analysis entails and whether the plan to build nearly 200 units is moving too fast.

LA council candidates share views on Downtown Vision project

The Town Crier is running a series of questions for each of the five candidates for Los Altos City Council to answer in advance of the Nov. 6 election. This week’s question: What would you do in your first year on the new council to begin implementing the Downtown Vision project the Los Altos City Council adopted Aug. 28?

Hills officials pursue rules to combat high-density development

In an effort to curb future, high-density residential development à la Forrest Linebarger’s controversial Mora Drive project, the Los Altos Hills City Council took steps last week toward pursuing rules to govern the creation of substandard lots and the potential allowances granted to existing ones.

Commission gives feedback on multifamily housing project

The Los Altos Planning Commission, including its two newcomers Kimberly Mosley and Mehruss Ahi, last week gave initial design feedback on a multifamily housing complex proposed for the site of the 76 gas station at 4350 El Camino Real.


Schools »

Schools
Read More

Sports »

sports
Read More

People »

people
Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

photoshelter
Browse and buy photos