Downtown visioning to proceed apace

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Los Altos’ downtown will be the subject of a new visioning project led by city official Jon Biggs and a group of outside contractors.

The city of Los Altos and its many partners for downtown visioning will begin the project in early December.

The Los Altos City Council cited formulating a downtown plan among its highest priorities in 2016, with the goal to develop and implement a visioning process that will provide the foundation for the process.

Loyola Corners at crossroads as council looks for clarity on growth

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City officials hope to move JP Liquors and build new housing in its place. The relocation is part of Los Altos’ updated Specific Plan for Loyola Corners.

The updated Loyola Corners Specific Plan is expected to offer guidance once the area’s yearlong moratorium is lifted in July. Adopted in 1990, the Specific Plan needed an update, according to city staff.

The new Specific Plan recommends three-story buildings with a “small-scale, warm, human quality” along Fremont Avenue to take advantage of Loyola Corners’ central location.

Moratorium extended on El Camino Real

The Los Altos City Council voted to extend the moratorium on development along the El Camino Real corridor for an additional four months. The measure passed unanimously, with Councilwoman Mary Prochnow voting by phone.

Councilwoman Jan Pepper expressed her concern that “four months is not enough time.” She emphasized that the council should better understand how to build additional affordable housing units in the downtown area.

Study session gives shape to El Camino Real growth

A recent study session held by the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission gave focus to what future growth could look like along Los Altos’ stretch of El Camino Real.

The Oct. 18 session centered on developing a plan for the El Camino Real corridor. The meeting also delved into secondary living units and future affordable housing strategies.

LA council imposes moratorium on El Camino Real development

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Norm Mohr wants to raze the building housing Mohr Clocks on El Camino Real and replace it with a condominium complex.

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-0 for an urgency ordinance enacting a 45-day moratorium on new development in the El Camino Real corridor. Councilman Jean Mordo was absent from the Oct. 4 special meeting, which was called by Councilwoman Megan Satterlee.

The ordinance means the city will issue no new permits for the area generally demarcated as Los Altos’ frontage on El Camino Real until Nov. 18. The ordinance does not apply to projects that are already deemed complete, like the project at 4880 El Camino Real the council recently approved.

City renews Children's Corner lease

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its Sept. 27 meeting.


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