After study session, LAH officials to weigh competing proposals for town hall expansion

Courtesy of Duxbury Architects
Mayor John Radford, Councilman Roger Spreen and town staff members worked with architect Peter Duxbury to create the concept, now referred to as “Plan A,” for the expansion of town hall, above.

When Los Altos Hills resident Scott Vanderlip imagines the future of town hall, he envisions classrooms buzzing with activity, dinner functions capable of accommodating 120 people and picnickers lazing on a grassy green lawn. Councilman Roger Spreen’s version includes modestly expanded office space for city staff members, a secure emergency operations center and additional conference rooms. And town hall neighbor Diana Huffman would prefer things remain exactly as they are.

“This isn’t a destination,” Huffman told Planning Commissioners at their Nov. 1 meeting. “You guys do your jobs here and at 5 o’clock, you go home and we enjoy our peace and quiet. I don’t want people here at night having meetings.”

LAH eyes 'granny units' as housing crisis solution

Los Altos Hills residents considering the addition of in-law quarters, converted pool houses or granny units to their properties could eventually see the prospect sweetened as officials begin mulling incentives promoting such construction.

Los Altos council item prompts discussion on environmental review

After residents who live near the proposed housing project at 5150 El Camino Real voiced their concerns at last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting, council members and city staff discussed what an initial environmental analysis entails and whether the plan to build nearly 200 units is moving too fast.

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