Who Voted for Which Parts of the Specific Plan?

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While there is talk about the final 3-2 split vote passage of the North 40 Specific Plan, there’s is much beneath that final vote. Here we have gleaned through the minutes of the two Town Council meetings and charted all 32 motions that carried over the two nights of meetings.  The Town Council Members agreed unanimously on almost everything in the long and detailed Specific Plan including:

  • Reduction in commercial of 25% (from proposed plan) to 501K sf, Inclusive of existing 66K sf
  • Building heights limited to 35′
  • Building height exceptions to 45′ for hotel and/or mixed-use affordable housing
  • Infrastructure phasing
  • Multi-modal paths
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Traffic Management Demand Plans for projects
  • No new medical offices outside of existing

Dissenting votes occurred on only 8 of the 31 motions shaping the Specific Plan that passed, regarding:

  • housing units (Spector moved for max 270 plus density bonus, carried 3-2)
  • how to support Historic Preservation Recommendations for agrarian feel (Sayoc moved, carried 3-2)
  • wording on separated bike lanes or multi-use paths (Rennie moved, carried 4-1)
  • new commercial rules that would require an applicant for a new commercial use to submit and economic/market study to assess the proposal’s impact on Downtown competitiveness, and for applications to go to the CDAC to allow for a public vetting of the proposals.  This was instead of having a preset table of spaces at given sizes and percentages of the commercial allowed at each size range.  (MJ moved, Sayoc amended, carried 3-2)

  • making an item in Attachment 18 a policy (need link)

Details and some links below.

MJ= Mayor Marcia Jensen, MS=Marico Sayoc, BS=Vice Mayor Barbara Spector,

RR= Rob Rennie, SL=Steve Leonardis

 

VOTING N40 details

Source:  Minutes of April 14, 2015 Town Council meeting (http://losgatos.granicus.com/DocumentViewer.php?file=losgatos_31fb8f76e883471e0fb6500f19aa8a43.pdf&view=1)

Main Motions from meeting on 4/14/15 MJ MS BS RR SL
Maximum of 270 houses (BS) Yes No Yes No Yes
Town’s 100% density bonus shall not apply for this Specific Plan (BS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reduce max capacity of non-residential development by 25%, from 580K sf to 435K sf, remove medical office, leave flexibility between office, hotel and commercial (MS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Height requirement for Specific Plan: max building height is 35 feet, with exception up to 45 feet for affordable housing and/or hotel; no concept of a framed view or view corridor; view will be of hills not ridge; max height inclusive of all features (MJ) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Retain minimum open space requirement at 30%, with further delineation by staff between public and private (MS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support Historic Preservation Committee recommendation by retaining the overall agrarian feel of the Spec Plan area through the development process; red bard to be retained; HPC to work with applicants on each application to determine how agrarian feel is integrated; working with arborist determine if the original trees are retained or replanted (MS) Yes Yes No Yes No
Adopt Planning Commission recommendation in Attachment 18, p. 4, second bullet, pertaining to to Section 4.9 (RR) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add wording “separated bike lanes or multi-use paths where possible” on p. 4-1, Policy C5. (RR) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Direct staff to bring back to Council scenarios on how to incorporate north-south multi-modal paths parallel to A Street in the Spec Plan.(MJ) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Direct staff to bring back to council a report delineating what the items of infrastructure are, when in the process they would be completed, and explain what the nexus for fees, infrastructure, etc. means and what the limitations are (BS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Change language in Section 6.6.3 to make it reflect current Town Code and policies, including the elimination of the Community Benefit Policy.  (MJ) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
State Transportation Demand Management programs are required instead of advisable for each application as it comes in. (MJ) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Include shuttle options as part of a Transportation Demand Management Plan (MJ) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Include as new policy the first bullet under Chapter 5 in Attachment 18, p. 4. (RR) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Include as new policy the second bullet under Chapter 5 in Attach. 18, p. 4. (RR) No Yes No Yes Yes
Direct staff to return with plant alternatives that are environmentally sound, given the drought and pavement conditions for the site (BS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Delete from the Discretionary Approval Summary Table (Appendix E) the height exceptions, lines 5, 6, and 7. (BS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Strike line 13 and acknowledge that any Specific Plan amendment would follow the procedure identified under line 14 from the Discretionary Approval Table. (BS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add as policy the recommendation from Planning Commission on Attachment 18, p. 4, first bulllet (RR) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
continue meeting to June 2, 2015 (MJ) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

VOTING N40 details

Source: Minutes of June17, 2015 Town Council meeting (http://losgatos.granicus.com/DocumentViewer.php?file=losgatos_b0be1e0c2159d48932bc7f5e9114221b.pdf&view=1)

Main Motions from meeting on 6/2/15 (continuation of 4/14/15) MJ MS BS RR SL
Allow medical office uses on specified properties as part of the existing 66K sf of non-residential uses.  Approve language of Table 2-2 to read: The new non-residential portion of the project shall include a mixture of commercial (shopping center), hotel and/or stand-alone general office that does not create a significant unavoidable impact as a result of the development. Total new square footage shall not exceed 435K sf.  No new medical office will be permitted and the existing 66K sf of recently constructed buildings is in addition to the 435K sf for a total of 501K sf.  Each project shall provide a current traffic analysis demonstrating compliance with this requirement. (MS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Allow existing buildings on the parcels referenced above to be rebuilt after a fire in substantially the same manner as existed before destruction. (MS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Include the multi-modal path language on p. 4 of the 6/2/15 staff report: All projects for development shall include multi-modal paths, physically separated  from vehicle roadways running from north to south and providing connectivity to perimeter paths at both the north and south ends. (RR) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Include the phasing language contained on pages 4 and 5 of the 6/2/15 staff report: All infrastructure necessary to support the development shall be constructed in a capacity that allows for current and future phases, subject to approval from the Town Engineer.  All infrastructure stubbed for future use, including utilities and roadways, shall be constructed so as not appear unfinished.

All construction of private and public infrastructure will be funded by the developer(s) at the time of construction based on the proposed phasing.  All on-site infrastructure improvements required by the project will remain private with all on-going maintenance responsibilities belonging to the developer….

The project will be required to pay development impact fees…. set forth by the Town and other agencies adopted fee schedules. (SL)

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Retain the 30% open space requirement, of which 20% should be publicly accessible; no minimum percentage for specific recreational activities; eliminate the 200-sf private open space maximum to create opportunities for communal open space. (MJ) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Include the drought tolerant plant language from the bottom of p. 5 of the 6/2/15 staff report. Licensed landscape architect shall certify all landscape plans include drought tolerant plants and meet Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance requirements. (MS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Allow mixed use and mixed income units to build to 45 feet if they provide a minimum of 40% affordable units t households of Extremely Low, Very Low, and Low Incomes as defined by the federal government. (MS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Incorporate language.. :Developers are encouraged to work closely with the School Districts to project enrollment growth and address overcrowding by assisting with identifying strategies for providing needed school facilities and associated sources of funding.  (RR) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Not include the four bullet points recommended on the bottom of page 2, top of page 3 of Addendum B for the 6/2/15 Council meeting due to redundancy with other content in the Specific Plan. (SL) Yes Yes Yes No Yes
To NOT include a table (of store sizes and percentages) and simply have the non-residential of 501K sf, do not create a new economic advisory committee, and require an applicant for a new commercial use to submit and economic/market study to assess the proposal’s impact on Downtown competitiveness.  (MJ)

Friendly amendment: Require new commercial applications to go to the CDAC to allow for a public vetting of the proposals. (MS)

Yes Yes No Yes No
Keep Table 2-1 as is. (MS) Yes Yes No Yes No
Adopt the North 40 Specific Plan incorporating the prior approved motions…; adopt the General Plan amendments,; introduce the zoning ordinance, and adopt the Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations, and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program. (MJ) Yes Yes No Yes No
Total YES Votes (for motions that carried)

31

31

27

30

27

Total NO votes (for motions that carried)

1

1

5

2

5

Motions made that carried

9

9

5

7

2

 

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