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The Town of Los Gatos is Seeking Public Input on Proposed Town Code Amendments Regarding Fences, Hedges, and Walls

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the Town Council will consider a proposal to amend Town Code Section 29.40.030 (Fences, hedges, and walls).  The proposal includes new regulations and requirements for fences, hedges, and walls in the Hillside Area.
 
An administrative draft of the proposed ordinance language regarding fences, hedges, and walls is available at: http://www.losgatosca.gov/HillsideFences
 
The Town seeks public input on the proposed amendments.  The Town encourages written comments to be provided before the staff report comment deadline, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  The public is also encouraged to attend the December 5, 2017, Town Council meeting to provide comments.
 
Questions and comments regarding this matter may be directed to the project planner, Sean Mullin at smullin@losgatosca.gov or (408) 354-6823.


New Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

On December 5, 2017 Town Council will consider Town Code amendments to comply with new State legislation regarding accessory dwelling units.  Public comments submitted by 11 a.m., Thursday, November 30th will be included with the staff report.  Public comments submitted by 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 5th will be included in an addendum or desk item. 

Contact: Sally Zarnowitz, AIA, LEED AP, Planning Manager szarnowitz@losgatosca.gov
 
The item was considered by the Planning Commission on November 8, 2017.  Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed amendments with modifications to the Town Council.  The November 8, 2017 Planning Commission meeting staff report can be found on the Town’s website:
http://losgatos.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=1751
 
Initial discussion of the item was considered by the Planning Commission on September 27, 2017 and continued to November 8, 2017 for additional discussion and potential recommendations to Town Council.  The September 27, 2017 Planning Commission meeting staff report can be found on the Town’s website:
http://losgatos.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=1737


Proposed Modifications Regarding the Visibility Analysis for the Hillside Development Standards and Guidelines

On October 17, 2017, the Town Council continued the proposed modifications to Section B. of Chapter II. of the Hillside Development Standards and Guidelines regarding the visibility analysis to December 5, 2017.
 
The Policy Committee previously reviewed proposed modifications at their meetings of April 20, 2017, May 18, 2017, June 26, 2017, and on July 20, 2017 provided a recommendation to the Town Council for modifications to the visibility analysis.
 
The following is a link to the staff report for the April 20, 2017, Policy Committee meeting:
http://www.town.losgatos.ca.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_04202017-1022
 
The following is a link to the staff report for the May 18, 2017, Policy Committee meeting:
http://www.town.los-gatos.ca.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_05182017-1041
 
The following is a link to the staff report for the June 26, 2017, Policy Committee meeting:
http://www.town.los-gatos.ca.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06262017-1071
 
The following is a link to the staff report for the July 20, 2017, Policy Committee meeting:
http://www.town.los-gatos.ca.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_07202017-1080
 
The Town Council encourages written comments be provided before the staff report comment deadline, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. The public is also encouraged to attend the December 5, 2017, Town Council meeting to provide comments.
 
If you have any questions or comments regarding this matter, please send an email to: jpuga@LosGatosCA.gov or contact Jocelyn Puga of the Community Development Department at 408-354-6875.


Proposed Veterans Memorial
 

The Veterans Memorial and Support Foundation of Los Gatos (VFLG) has proposed developing a Veterans Memorial at the Town’s Civic Center. In August 2015, the Town Council approved the conceptual placement of a memorial in the general location of the ivy/redwood grove http://bit.ly/08182015.  In addition, in June 2016 the Town Council approved a “flame” conceptual design for the proposed memorial http://bit.ly/VM06212016  

Town staff is currently evaluating the proposed project plans through an Architecture and Site (A&S) application.  The applicant’s proposed plans are available at: http://www.losgatosca.gov/2379/M. The A&S process includes analyses by the Town’s Consulting Arborist and Consulting Architect as well as documents from the applicant to support the design.  These and other documents are available for public review during public counter hours (M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or by appointment) in the Community Development Department.  Story poles depicting the scope of the proposal have been installed at the Civic Center.
 
The Town Council is ultimately the deciding body for the final Memorial design. The Town Council will be listening to public comment and providing direction on the design at its December 5, 2017 meeting.  Comments regarding the proposal are welcome and should be sent to Sean Mullin smullin@losgatosca.gov by 11 a.m. the day of the Council 


Catch a R.Y.D.E.

R.Y.D.E. Senior Transportation Program is starting on October 23. More volunteer drivers are needed. 


Residents of Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga who are 55 years and older can schedule a ride by contacting the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council at (408) 892-9739 or RYDEinfo@sascc.org.  RYDE fees are fixed based on the number of miles of a specific trip. Discounts of up to 90% off the standard RYDE fees are available for those who qualify.
 
More drivers are needed to meet the expected high demand.  Volunteers can work as little as 2 hours per week providing rides for seniors.  This will significantly help a senior to age in their own home and help to prevent social isolation. Please consider signing up to help!

Lifesaving Information For Emergencies (L.I.F.E.) File


Emergencies can happen when we least expect them to and many of the requests for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) happen within the home. The Town of Los Gatos is partnering with the Santa Clara County Fire Department to promote their new L.I.F.E. file program. The L.I.F.E. File is a simple tool individuals and families may use to assist emergency responders during a medical emergency.   First Responders rely heavily upon the patient, and/or the patient’s family members, to provide information used to help in the treatment and care of the patient. However, there are times when the patient is unable to provide this information and family members may not be present or available to assist First Responders during a medical emergency. The L.I.F.E. File information includes past pertinent medical history, allergies to medications, medications currently prescribed to the patient, advanced medical directives and any additional information. The L.I.F.E. File pouch is a vinyl magnetic pouch that is placed in an easily seen location on the front or side of the refrigerator.

You may pick up L.I.F.E. Files from Town Hall and local fire stations. If you, or anyone you know, would like additional information on the L.I.F.E. File program please contact Jackie Rose, Community Outreach Coordinator at JRose@losgatosca.gov
 


Ready SCC

Disasters Don't Plan Ahead.
You Can.

 
The County's Office of Emergency Services offers two simple steps you can take to help prepare for disasters and protect your family. The first is to sign-up for the County's emergency alert system, which is AlertSCC.  Second, create a family disaster preparedness plan with the new ReadySCC app. ReadySCC helps you create a plan, put together a kit, and know what to do and where to go in an emergency.  You can download ReadySCC for free from the App Store or Google Play.

Volunteers sought for Bike Valet at Local Events


The Los Gatos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission is supporting free Bike Valet parking at local events, building on the success of the Red, White and Blue block party, where we parked over 100 bikes, so we are ready with plenty of space and racks. Volunteering to park bikes is a ton of fun! You can sign up with some friends and make a date of it and high school students can even receive community service hours. Cyclists arriving at the event are always happy to see you and fun to talk to. Typically volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts with each shift led by an experienced commissioner. If you would like to help out, please contact Maria Ristow, ristows@comcast.net to become a part of this amazing volunteer team. Help us take more cars off the road and make it easy for people to bike downtown.  


Social Media

Stay up to date!


The Town of Los Gatos has various social media outlets to follow.  Below are a few of the links, and you can also find us on NextDoor!


Town Facebook 
Parks and Public Works Facebook
Library Facebook
Town Twitter
Parks and Public Works Twitter
Town Instagram
Library Instagram


Are you interested to receive notification of decisions coming before the Town Council?

One of the best ways to receive notification is by signing up for the Town’s “Notify Me” subscriptions.  For example, if you are interested in proposed new policies affecting properties in the Town, you are welcome to sign up for Town Council, Council Policy Committee, and Planning Commission.  You will receive notification and links to future agendas and reports. You can then monitor the activities of these groups and participate at your convenience.

To sign up for “Notify Me,” please visit: www.losgatosca.gov/list.aspx.  Type your email address in the box and select sign in.  From there, you can subscribe to the items that you want and you can always choose to unsubscribe from a list anytime.  Need help signing up?  Contact the Town Manager’s Office at 408-354-6832.

Stay connected with the Town of Los Gatos via FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!  With these platforms, stay updated with Town news including announcements, Council, Committee, and Commission meetings, events, photos, and more.  Additionally, connect and learn about Town services through each of the Town's department websites at www.losgatosca.gov.


Interested in Proposed Development in Town?

Visit the Town’s Pending Planning Projects site at: www.losgatosca.gov/2378/L.  From this site, you can search for planning applications by street name and address, or by clicking on the map option.  The information for projects includes a brief description, project planner, date filed, and status. Some projects include images/plans and other related documents for information only. For example, a new proposal was filed in late February for 16212 Los Gatos Blvd. (at the corner of Shannon).  By visiting the Pending Planning Projects, you can click on the development plans and see the new proposal for this location.


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