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Los Altos Council further defines its 2020 goals

The Los Altos City Council last week selected its top priorities from among eight categories discussed at its annual staff retreat. 

The council determined the main areas of focus for its yearly priorities at the Feb. 5 retreat: land use, housing, the Downtown Vision, asset management, public safety, roadway safety, the environment and community engagement.

Councilwomen Anita Enander and Jeannie Bruins worked with management fellow Trevor Marsden to organize the goals into a specific work plan, which they distributed to the council prior its Feb. 25 meeting so that members could approve the language and choose which goal under each category was most important to them.

The council reached a consensus goal on seven of the eight categories, diverging only in the land-use category, where they split between checking city documents for objective standards in line with state law and re-evaluating the land-use mix for each of the city’s commercial districts.

In the housing category, the council supported pursuing the acquisition of 330 Distell Court with the intention of establishing low-income housing on the lot; in Downtown Vision, they agreed to evaluate and implement plans to increase parking stalls available for public use; in asset management, they prioritized reviewing financial capacity for upcoming city development projects; in public safety, they opted to create and continue programs to strengthen the city’s emergency response; in roadway safety, they advocated developing a Complete Streets Master Plan; in environment, they endorsed preparing and adopting environmental REACH codes; and in community engagement, they pledged to fill in gaps on the city website with timely and informative content.

The deadlines for implementing the goals are tentative and range from 2020 to 2026. Department heads for each respective area of focus are charged with bulking up the outlines and bringing them back to the council for final review at Tuesday’s council meeting.

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