LA council approves Hillview design, despite reservations about trees, roofing

A year and a half after representatives from Noll & Tam Architects introduced their Hillview Community Center design plans to Los Altos commissions, local residents and the city council, the firm received the go-ahead to move into the Construction Document phase of the long-planned overhaul.

LA council candidates address decision-making balance

The Town Crier is running a series of questions for each of the five candidates for Los Altos City Council to answer. This week’s question:

LA council addresses housing crisis, joins regional effort

The Los Altos City Council’s Sept. 11 agenda once again focused on a pressing issue: affordable housing. Council members voted to introduce an ordinance amending the city’s zoning code to meet affordable-housing requirements and participate in an optional countywide housing collaboration.

Push for affordable housing

Planning Services Manager Zach Dahl presented the council with city staff’s recommendation on boosting affordable housing, which fell in line with the Planning Commission’s vote July 19 to increase the minimum affordable-housing requirement for developers from 10 to 15 percent. The code change would functionally add 5 percent to all requirements for both rental and ownership developments, Dahl said.

Los Altos Planning Commission approves general plan amendments, cannabis ordinance

After some debate, the Los Altos Planning Commission Thursday approved staff recommendations for general plan amendments related to the sale of parks and open lands and a cannabis prohibition ordinance.

LA council approves long-term plan for downtown development

Courtesy of Jon Biggs
The Downtown Vision plan breaks downtown Los Altos into districts. The districts – Main and State streets (orange), First Street (purple), San Antonio Road (pink) and Edith Avenue (yellow) – may feature elements such as a pedestrian bridge, a downtown dining hub and activity nodes.

The Los Altos City Council embraced change at its Aug. 28 meeting by adopting the final Downtown Vision project, a plan providing a road map for downtown development for decades to come.

Council OKs permit for Children's Corner

Despite protests from neighbors, the Los Altos City Council Aug. 28 approved a use permit for Children’s Corner preschool to operate at Foothill Covenant Church, as long as the school conforms to a list of conditions.

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