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October 10, 2018 Planning Commission

 

The agenda and reports for the October 10, 2018 Planning Commission meeting are available online. The Planning Commission will consider a request for approval of an expansion of retail area and exterior modifications for the Rotten Robbie on Los Gatos Boulevard and a modification to a Conditional Use Permit to allow wine and beer tasting at Lunardi's Supermarket on Blossom Hill Road.


Planning Commission meetings are held regularly on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the Town Council Chambers located at 110 E. Main Street. Commission meetings are broadcast live on KCAT-15. Live and archived videos are also available online.


To provide input on any Planning Commission agenda item, please visit the Public Guide to Town Council Meetings to learn more about how members of the public may submit comments via email, postal mail or hand-delivered prior to the Commission meeting at which the item will be considered. 

For more information on this agenda or about Planning Commission meetings, please call (408) 354-6874 or send an email to the Community Development Department to confirm meeting date, location and time.


October 16, 2018 - Hillside Fencing Town Council Public Hearing


The Town Council will hold a public hearing to consider amendments to the Town Code regarding fences, hedges, and walls.  The proposed amendments would revise Chapter 6 (Buildings and Building Regulations) and Chapter 29 (Zoning Regulations) of the Town Code regarding fences, hedges, and walls.  Proposed changes include additional regulations and requirements for fences, hedges, and walls in the Town’s 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, October 11, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.  The public is also encouraged to attend the October 16, 2018, Town Council meeting to provide comments.
 
Meeting agendas are posted and publicly distributed no later than the Thursday prior to each meeting date.  You may view the agendas and related staff reports on the Town website by using this link:  https://www.losgatosca.gov/13/Agendas-Minutes.
 
The community is welcome to submit written comments to Sean Mullin at smullin@losgatosca.gov for inclusion in the Town Council Staff Report/Addendum/Desk Item.  Deadline for all written correspondence is 11:00 a.m. the day of the meeting.  


October 17, 2018 General Plan Update Community Workshop

 

The Los Gatos community is invited to participate in the first workshop for the General Plan update on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) at 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos.  The General Plan is the Town's "blueprint" that guides land use, transportation, infrastructure, community design, environment, and other important decisions.  The purposes of the workshop are to learn more about the update and obtain community input on the opportunities and challenges facing the Town's future. To view the Community Workshop flyer, please click here.

Visit www.losgatos2040.com for more information.


October 18, 2018 Short-Term Rental Discussion

 

At the October 2, 2018 Town Council meeting, Council directed staff to refer the short-term rental item to the Policy Committee for further discussion.  The Town seeks community input on this issue.

Short-term rental is the practice of renting out a portion of, or an entire home, to a person or group of people for period of less than 30 nights. In recent years, there has been exponential growth through "sharing economy" websites such as Airbnb and VRBO.

Community members can share their input on whether to continue the ban of short-term rentals in Los Gatos or to allow and regulate them, at the Policy Committee meeting on October 18, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Town Council Chambers located at 110 E Main Street. There will be additional opportunities for community input as the discussion progresses.

Background information on the short-term rental issue can be found by clicking here.  Questions or comments about this item can be emailed to Holly Zappala at HZappala@losgatosca.gov.


Volunteer Opportunity - Apply to Serve on a Town Board, Commission, or Committee

 

Adult Commissioner application deadline: Friday, October 26, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Tentatively scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Adult Commissioner Opportunities:

  • Arts and Culture Commission
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
  • Community and Senior Services Commission
  • Council Finance Committee
  • General Plan Committee
  • Historic Preservation Committee
  • Library Board
  • Parks Commission
  • Personnel Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Transportation and Parking Commission

Apply online at: www.LosGatosCA.gov/CommissionApplication

For more information, contact the Clerk Department: Clerk@losgatosca.gov or (408) 354-6834


Draft Environmental Impact Report Available for Public Comment


The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed project at 16100 Greenridge Terrace is available for review online by clicking here. It is also available in the Community Development Department and Town Clerk's office at 110 E. Main Street, and at the reference desk in the Los  Gatos Town Library, located at 100 Villa Avenue.

The Town of Los Gatos is the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has prepared a DEIR for the proposed project located at 16100 Greenridge Terrace. In accordance with CEQA, written comments regarding the draft EIR should be submitted within the 45-day review period between September 14, 2018 and October 29, 2018. Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2018.  Please send written comments to Jocelyn Shoopman at JShoopman@losgatoca.gov. A public hearing to accept comments on the DEIR is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. in the Town Council Chambers, 110 East Main Street. Final action on this matter will be taken by the Town Council at a future date.

If you have any questions in this matter, please contact Jocelyn Shoopman at (408) 354-6875 or JShoopman@losgatosca.gov.
 


Los Gatos Accepting Applications for Town Poet Laureate

 

The Town of Los Gatos announces applications for the Town’s next Poet Laureate. The Town Poet Laureate is an honorary position that serves to promote poetry and encourage the appreciation and advancement of literary arts in the Town of Los Gatos. The Poet Laureate will serve a three-year term beginning in January of 2019 and ending in December of 2021. This honorary position is open to any Los Gatos resident age 18 or older that has either published poetry or has been recognized for their contributions to poetry or other literature.

Applications are available at the Los Gatos Library or via the Town of Los Gatos website: https://www.losgatosca.gov/2298/Poet-Laureate, thank you. Deadline to apply is November 2, 2018.


Call for Artists - Gateway Public Art Installation

 

The Town of Los Gatos Arts and Cultural Commission is pleased to announce a Call for Artists to design and fabricate a permanent site-specific original artwork that will function as a prominent Gateway Marker for people entering and exiting the Town of Los Gatos. This is a unique award-based opportunity to add to the cultural identity of the Town and contribute to the growing artistic landscape of the area. The application submittal deadline is November 30, 2018.

Details for the Call for Artists Request for Qualifications can be found at:
https://www.losgatosca.gov/2433/RFPRFQ.


Celebrate Los Gatos

Fiscal Year 2017/18 Annual Report

The Fiscal Year 2017/18 Annual Report for the Town of Los Gatos is now available: 
http://bit.ly/LG1718AnnualReport

The Report highlights the Town’s achievements in the areas of fiscal stability, public safety, community vitality, mobility, and more.



Town Pension Information

The Town of Los Gatos is committed to providing information access and transparency on these and other issues.  The community is encouraged to sign up for “Notify Me” to subscribe to the items of interest (such as upcoming Town Council, Council Finance Committee, and other Commission meetings):  www.losgatosca.gov/list.aspx.
Community members can also stay connected with the Town of Los Gatos via: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
 
You can find information on the following pension and OPEB related areas below:
  • Town of Los Gatos Retirement Plans
  • Calculating the Town’s Pension and OPEB Obligation
  • What is the Discount Rate?
  • How does the Town Fund the Pension and OPEB Plan?      
  • What is the Unfunded Accrued Liability?
  • What Caused this Unfunded Obligation?
  • What has the Town Done to Address the Unfunded Obligation?

Alert 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.

Interested in New California Laws that Require Cities and Towns to Approve Housing Proposals?

On June 4th, the Town Council and Planning Commission held a study session to discuss recently enacted California laws that affect land use and housing approvals.  You can watch the video proceedings at:  Give link.
 
At its June 19th meeting, the Town Council will discuss potential direction to modify the Town’s quantifiable land use standards that are the basis for the required housing approvals.  You are welcome to participate in the discussion at the meeting and/or submit written comments by 11:00 a.m. the day of the meeting to jpaulson@losgatosca.gov.


OpenCounter Zoning Portal

The Town of Los Gatos is pleased to bring the OpenCounter Zoning Portal to our prospective businesses!


OpenCounter is an online tool that allows prospective businesses to quickly and easily check if your use will fit in the space and zone you are considering.  By submitting an inquiry, you can get connected with staff and learn if your prospective business requires a use permit.  Learn More!

MED-Project Program


The Police Department is participating in the County of Santa Clara MED-Project Program (Medication, Education, and Disposal), designed to encourage proper disposal of prescription medications. This is a free service fully funded by the MED-Project. Government facilities and private businesses (drug stores) within the County are receiving secured disposal bins for kiosk disposal of qualified medications. The bins are like US Postal Mailboxes and there is a disposal bin currently located in the Police Operations Building lobby.


Catch a R.Y.D.E.

Reach Your Destination Easily (RYDE) is a curb-to-curb transportation service for adults 55+ living in Los Gatos and the West Valley. Use RYDE for appointments, grocery shopping and doctor appointments. If you are 55 years and older you can schedule a ride by contacting the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council (SASCC) at (408) 892-9739 or RYDEinfo@sascc.org.  RYDE fees are fixed based on the number of miles of a specific trip and discounts of up to 90% off the standard RYDE fees are available for those who qualify. If you’re interested in more RYDE information click here.
 
Also if you’re interested in becoming a RYDE volunteer driver click here for more information.
 


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
 


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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