12/16/2014 Council Preview – Housing Element

Last meeting of the year.

We start the evening with a closed session to do the annual performance review for the City Attorney.  Immediately following this is our annual study session for councilmembers to express an interest in being our next Vice Mayor.  Spoiler alert – I won’t be expressing an interest in the position.

The general session starts with no special orders or presentations.  The consent calendar is a healthy one.  There’s acceptance of a donation from Kilroy to plant trees to screen LinkedIn from the nearby neighborhood.  There’s a request to increase our budget for water meters based on an increase in development.  That’s a bit misleading though, because any private development eventually pays for the meters themselves – we just front them until they’re needed and paid for.  There’s renewal of our contract with KMVT for television services.  We’re buying 9 new police interceptors.  There’s a contract for demolition at both Orchard Gardens (to expand the park) and the Girl Scout house on Dona.  There’s another easement vacation.  And two second ordinance readings from our last meeting.

Item 2 has us looking at our design guidelines for multi-family residences.  This came about from the development on Evelyn in the downtown.  We initially rejected a project because it was too dense.  So the developer came back with a new design that had fewer units, according to Council’s wishes – but the exact same project footprint.  That created concerns that establishing density strictly by number of units might not be best, and we asked staff to look into alternative ways to determine density.

Item 3 is a funding agreement with SCVWD regarding the rebuild of the Water Pollution Control Plant.

Our last item, item 4, is adopting our updated 8-year housing element.  According to the report,

Because adequate sites are available and no land use changes are required, the changes made to the Element from the 2009 version consist of updating demographic and housing market data, and updating the constraints section to describe changes made to residential development requirements since 2009.

And that’s it.

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