LAH council mulls adopting new regulations for rental units

Los Altos Hills could cure many of its headaches related to short-term rentals come Thursday when the city council considers amending the municipal code to regulate the ever-popular enterprise offered by websites such as Airbnb.com, HomeAway.com and VRBO.com.

Los Altos Hills Senior Planner Marni Moseley wrote the draft ordinance councilmembers will review.

Loyola Corners plan advances to LA City Council


 

After a three-week delay, the Loyola Corners Specific Plan finally got its shot at a public hearing at the Sept. 7 Planning and Transportation Commission meeting. Commissioners voted unanimously to forward the plan to the Los Altos City Council.

The plan was originally on the commission’s Aug. 17 meeting agenda, but discussion was postponed after a review of the city’s density-bonus ordinance ran long.

LA council stalls on density bonus, zoning changes

Five hours went by at last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting before councilmembers called it quits and held both agenda items over to their next meeting.

That didn’t sit well with several residents who attended the standing-room-only meeting Sept. 12. They were audibly upset by the inaction, as many had demanded answers on the density-bonus ordinance and commercial thoroughfare zone amendments. There were times when they seemed to know more about the issues than the council, as they groaned and shouted out corrections when a councilmember offered incorrect information.

"Green" office project clears latest hurdle

The color green made a triumphant return to the Los Altos council chambers Thursday as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission voted to recommend the approval of the First Street Green’s commercial design review application to the Planning and Transportation Commission.

Representatives of Los Altos Community Investments and the development firm Sares Regis Group were decked out in the color – some head to toe – to show their support for the project.

New Hillview Community Center enters design phase

The new Hillview Community Center has officially entered the design phase.

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-1 at last week’s meeting to authorize City Manager Chris Jordan to sign a design agreement with Noll & Tam Architects.

Crime trending downward in LAH

A January 2016 article rated Los Altos Hills as the fourth most-boring city in the state. RoadSnacks.net meant the ranking as a gentle jab, but town officials embraced the distinction as a badge of honor; they prefer to keep their sleepy suburban town sleepy.

A recently released law enforcement report seems to suggest the snoozefest continues – at least when it comes to crime.


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