Council extends El Camino moratorium

To the relief of some residents and the disappointment of developers, the Los Altos City Council voted unanimously March 14 to extend its moratorium on development on El Camino Real for another eight months.

Councilmembers initially approved a moratorium in October in the wake of plans to develop a housing project at 4856 El Camino Real – one similar to the five-story, 21-unit project the council gave the green light to earlier in the year at 4880 El Camino. Councilmembers believed that they rushed the 4880 El Camino approval and needed to consider more factors and guidelines.

Planning Commission outlines affordable housing plans

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission refined an affordable housing program at its March 16 meeting.

Commissioners considered introducing an affordable housing linkage fee that would require developers either to build affordable units in new buildings or to pay into a countywide pool that would fund construction in less expensive cities than Los Altos.

LAH residents share short-term rental woes

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Los Altos Hills resident Greg Badros shares his thoughts about short-term rentals during a special town hall meeting Thursday. Councilmembers, led by Mayor Gary Waldeck, sought feedback on how services like Airbnb are impacting residents.

Litter, loud noises, traffic and the presence of strangers topped Los Altos Hills residents’ list of complaints voiced at last week’s meeting about short-term rentals.

“It’s an issue that is clearly not out of control yet, totally, but it certainly is not being managed,” said Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck.

City looks to best practices on public benefits

City officials and concerned residents gathered this month in attempts to better define Los Altos’ public benefits law.

The ordinance, which sets out how developers can offer the city certain assets in exchange for modified site standards, has become controversial as new construction is planned in Los Altos.

Analysis set to explore woes with development process in LAH

Got a beef with a particular aspect of Los Altos Hills government?

Town residents will soon have the opportunity to share their most gnawing gripes as officials proceed with a $44,000 contracted analysis of operations.

Rent control law gains supporters as battle wages

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The proposed design for the new Google campus on Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View features a futuristic canopy roof.

The co-signers of a Mountain View rent control measure have joined the fight to preserve the voter-approved law under a legal challenge from a statewide group representing landlords.

Residents Joan MacDonald and Steve Chandler, who signed the original petition to put Measure V on the Nov. 8 ballot, will partner with Linda Williams and groups Urban Habitat and Faith in Action Bay Area to battle efforts to render the rent control initiative invalid. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William J. Elfving last week granted their request to intervene in the suit.

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