Los Altos council talks density bonus law, hiring lobbyist

With an aim to preserve the small-town feel of Los Altos, the city council last week amended density bonus regulations and considered hiring a lobbyist at the state level to address housing issues.

The council voted 4-0, with Councilwoman Neysa Fligor absent, to fine-tune the regulations to limit the use of developer incentives, and directed Councilwoman Anita Enander, who is attending housing conferences over the next few weeks, to return armed with information that will help the council move forward with a plan to “protect” Los Altos.

Architects unveil town hall remodel plan

Rendering Courtesy of Duxbury McIntosh Architects
A rendering shows the latest proposed design for the Los Altos Hills Town Hall expansion. Features include an expanded Parks and Recreation Department, left, that connects to the main town hall structure through an interior door, and a fire truck turnaround, center, with disabled parking. Constructing the addition as shown would cost an estimated $1.5 million.

Preliminary architectural drawings for the Los Altos Hills Town Hall expansion have been released, and the plans show a modest increase in floor area and staff space.

City Manager Carl Cahill said the renderings reflect the comments, ideas and concerns presented at past Los Altos Hills City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

Los Altos launches web page tracking new developments

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The Los Altos City Council June 25 approved a 20-unit, multifamily complex at 425 First St. The city has now created a web page to track new developments.

With an increasing number of retail and housing projects planned in Los Altos, the city recently introduced a “New Development” web page to enable residents to track reviews, approvals and the status of construction.

The city’s previous efforts at community outreach on development are detailed in “Development Updates,” hard-copy documents outlining each project’s progression through the city’s planning process along with details on type of use, the stage of the project and who the applicant is. Two such updates have been released in 2019, one in March and another in June.

Workshop scheduled as Los Altos Hills residents sort through waste collection changes

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Los Altos Hills’ new agreement with GreenWaste Recovery Inc. includes increased rates and a requirement that residents push their own yard-trimmings containers to the curb.

Los Altos Hills’ waste collection provider has scheduled a public workshop 1-3 p.m. Sunday at town hall to provide information and answer questions in the wake of notable changes to service.

City council members June 20 approved a new 15-year agreement with San Jose-based GreenWaste Recovery Inc. The new terms, effective July 1, include increased rates and a requirement that residents push their own yard-trimmings containers to the curb. Personal cans and carts are no longer permitted.

Berman meeting to air bill on homeless students

Los Altos Hills residents curious about the effects of a proposed bill that would allow homeless community college students to sleep overnight on campus have an opportunity next week to interface with the bill’s lead author, State Assemblyman Marc Berman.

Berman and Los Altos Hills Mayor Roger Spreen are scheduled to host a “Community Coffee” Tuesday at town hall, one of three gatherings Berman has scheduled in Bay Area towns and cities this month to hear about matters that constituents consider important; meetings in Woodside and Cupertino will follow. Berman, a Democrat, represents the 24th District, which includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

Los Altos council rejects staff proposal to move chambers

At a study session prior to the June 25 Los Altos City Council meeting, City Manager Chris Jordan asked everyone in the room – especially council members – to look up at the ceiling.

“This building is an embarrassment; it’s in terrible condition,” he said of the Los Altos Youth Center, where the council has been meeting for the past few months as city hall’s council chambers undergo renovation.

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