Council OKs changes to Loyola Corners Specific Plan

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously passed amendments to the Loyola Corners Specific Plan.

The updates approved at the Oct. 10 council meeting were forwarded to the council last month via the Planning and Transportation Commission. The Loyola Corners Specific Plan was adopted in 1990, and the updates aim to increase housing and revitalize the business community in the area.

Councilman Jean Mordo said the problems with Loyola Corners’ vitality are similar to those that plague downtown.

“We have not enough feet on the street,” he said. “I don’t think our objective is to have 20 new retail establishments or even five. What we want is the existing ones to be more successful.”

The council spent some time debating housing additions, and whether or not housing should be located on the ground floor of a commercial area.

“My issue is not about continuing to build McMansions, even in a multifamily residential (area),” Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins said. “My thing is trying to help us deal with a housing shortfall in Santa Clara County.”

The council approved the addition of 20 dwelling units in Loyola Corners, with a minimum of 800 square feet and a maximum of 1,500 square feet per unit.

At the Planning and Transportation Commission meeting last month, Commissioner Michael McTighe proposed a traffic circle-like plan for A Street. In the end, the council decided that it should remain a two-way street.

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