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City surveying residents for council priorities

The city of Los Altos is surveying residents to determine what they consider top priorities for the city council to adopt in 2019.

Each year, the council discusses and decides on priorities at its council retreat. A council priority is defined as a topic that will receive particular, unusual and significant attention during the year. Priorities for 2018 included:

• Downtown. The city will complete the Downtown Vision process with parallel steps to include review of allowed uses in downtown, review of parking recommendations and evaluation of floor-area ratio to control density.

• Hillview Community Center. The city will continue to move the community center project forward, with a goal to have the new center built by December 2020.

• Ten-year capital facilities and operations, and financial capacity analysis. The city will address facilities needs over the next 10 years, with an analysis of how to finance them.

• Housing. The city will increase housing and affordable housing. The council wants to proactively review opportunities to expand affordable housing in Los Altos.

• Traffic safety. The city will continue to take steps to improve traffic/pedestrian and bicycle safety throughout the city, with a specific focus on safe routes to schools.

Through an Open City Hall forum on the city’s website, residents can select three to five priorities they would like to see the council address in 2019. The deadline to submit suggestions is Jan. 16. Suggestions and feedback will be incorporated in the information the council considers at its retreat early this year.

To take the survey, visit losaltosca.gov/OpenCityHallCityHall. Residents can view the priorities others have shared by clicking the “Feedback” tab.

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