The Town of Los Gatos is developing objective standards for the review of multi-family housing and mixed-use development applications. This effort is in response to State legislation requiring jurisdictions to adopt objective standards and to implement them in a streamlined review of qualifying housing projects.
What Are Objective Standards?
Objective standards are defined under State law as “standards that involve no personal or subjective judgement by a public official and are uniformly verifiable by reference to an external and uniform benchmark or criterion available and knowable by both the development applicant or proponent and the public official prior to submittal” (California Government Code, Section 65913.4).
Objective standards are a powerful tool that allow communities to respond to State housing laws that are reducing local control of development. They provide an opportunity to ensure that the appearance of new development is compatible with the Town’s vision.
The purpose of developing objective standards is to:
The above information is available on this downloadable Facts Sheet.
Materials from Previous Meetings
Planning Commission subcommittee (July through December 2021)
May 12, 2022 Meeting Materials
February 22, 2022 Meeting Materials: