Mtn. View council to ban RV parking – gradually

Note: This story has been updated to include additonal statements in reaction to the council's action that came in after the Town Crier's print deadline.

Over numerous protests, the Mountain View City Council last week forged ahead with a rollout of parking restrictions on RVs and other oversized vehicles.

In a June 11 meeting that lasted until 3:23 a.m., council members directed city staff to return in the fall with a modified ordinance addressing health and safety issues surrounding such vehicles. The fall ordinance could also include daytime restrictions in areas such as Eagle and Rengstorff parks and an overnight ban 2-6 a.m. that could take effect by January.

Los Altos Planning Commission recommends First Street development, code revision to council

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A proposal to replace the building at 425 First St. in Los Altos, above, with a three-story, multifamily housing project is set to appear in front of the city council after the Planning Commission voted unanimously June 6 to endorse an alternate rendering designed by SDG Architects’ Jeff Potts.

The Los Altos Planning Commission June 6 approved sending two projects on to the city council with its recommendation for approval: a multifamily housing project on First Street and an amendment to a city zoning district.

In many ways, both items signify the embrace of what is to come in the wake of the Bay Area housing crisis – namely, a new approach to creating housing that enhances what Los Altos has to offer while attempting to preserve its rural feel.

Midpen board jump-starts office design process by approving $2 million contract with architects

Rendering courtesy of Noll & Tam Architects
A rendering designed by Noll & Tam Architects provides a vision of what the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s new administrative office at 5050 El Camino Real could look like. Believing that it has outgrown its 330 Distel Circle location, Midpen purchased the new site for $31 million.

Berkeley-based Noll & Tam Architects, the firm selected to head the design process for the city of Los Altos’ Hillview Community Center overhaul, is hard at work finalizing sketches for another local project – the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s new administrative office at 5050 El Camino Real in Los Altos.

At its last regular meeting, Midpen’s board of directors voted unanimously to increase Noll & Tam’s professional services contract from approximately $1.38 million to an estimated $1.97 million for work evaluating goals and vital elements for the new building, preparing multiple iterations of the design and developing a cost estimate for implementing the design.

MV council to discuss RV ban, adopt amended cannabis ordinance

Special to the Town Crier
Mountain View residents protesting cannabis sales in the city hold signs that read “Protect Our Kids” at the May 23 city council meeting. Council members revised a previously approved cannabis ordinance to ban any retail storefronts. The amended law does allow up to three delivery services.

Two issues that have prompted long lines of speakers at Mountain View City Council meetings are scheduled for the council’s meeting agenda Tuesday (June 11).

Members are set to discuss a draft ordinance that would ban oversized vehicle parking, legislation targeting the proliferation of RVs parked throughout the city that are being used as living spaces.

City of Los Altos takes heat from developer, neighbors regarding subdivision request

Nancy Ellickson/Special to the Town Crier
A single-story home currently sits on a single lot at 831 Arroyo Road – and that’s the way it will stay. The Los Altos City Council voted May 28 to reject a proposal from property owner Ying-Min Li that would subdivide the lot into two.

Before the Los Altos City Council torpedoed the proposed subdivision of a Montebello Acres lot last month, some neighbors engaged in legal wrangling. Now, the lot’s owner has hired representation of his own.

Neighbors of the 831 Arroyo Road site attended a Planning Commission meeting and four council meetings to voice concerns about splitting the 23,433-square-foot lot into two. Several comments delivered in person or submitted via email or written correspondence contended that the subdivision would negatively impact the neighborhood’s character. Typically, Montebello Acres homes – primarily one story – sit on large lots with exaggerated setbacks (approximately 40 feet from the street and 15 feet on each side yard), neighbors argued.

Los Altos Hills residents invited to steer budget priorities

The Los Altos Hills City Council and Finance and Investment Committee convened Thursday for a joint study session reviewing the town’s proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Members of the two bodies forecast town revenue to reach $9.88 million, leaving the town with a balanced budget and a $550,000 surplus to add to the current $13 million general fund.

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