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Zoning Dispute puts MV Council in a Bind


When Nitin Handa bought a parcel of land last November, he had every intention of building a home and few reasons to think that his plan would become the focus of neighborhood angst in midtown Mountain View.

Mistake by City Imperils Plans for New Home


A mistake made by city planners long ago came back to haunt Palo Alto City Council as they grappled with whether to allow a new house near the Winter Lodge that the buyer was told he could build, but neighbors have organized against.

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Image caption: Caltrans has received $680,000 in federal funding to explore alternatives for reconnecting communities along the I-980 in Oakland.
Rerouting Past Wrongs

California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.

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‘Surplus’ designation sets stage for future Gilroy Gardens development

The Gilroy City Council agreed to declare the property Gilroy Gardens sits on as surplus on Feb. 27, a state-required action that will later allow the city to move forward with its plans to transform the area with new recreational …

Image caption: The future of malls looks like one where the rich get richer while lower-end malls simply die out.
Mall Culture and the American Dream

Shopping malls revolutionized how Americans shopped, socialized, and lived. Now, malls face an uncertain future. How did the dream of a new town square go so wrong?

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Amah Mutsun Tribe Sues to Block Highway 101 Commercial Project

The complaint is the second lawsuit to declare that project in northern San Benito County would harm cultural resources and threaten the environment.

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Agency mulls Gilroy’s annexation request

A plan to annex 55 acres of land into Gilroy’s city limits, which could eventually house 307 residential units, may be considered in early 2023 after more than 20 years in the works. Known as the Wren Investors and Hewell …

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City Council Adds ‘Quick-Build’ Housing Units To Reach 2022 Goal

The expansion of the quick-build communities increases the total number of units to reach the city’s goal of 1,000 units completed or under development by the end of 2022.

Image caption: The Jackson Avenue Townhomes will be fixed with solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations, and should be fully operational by April 2024, the County said.
Measure A will fund 242 new apartments, 14 townhomes in Santa Clara County

The newly approved homes include 36 housing units in San José—12 rentals and 14 townhomes.

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Town settles on sites to target for residential development

Los Gatos submitted its draft Housing Element plan, which sets out how the Town plans to grow the number of residential units in the community, to State officials Oct. 14. While the Housing Element approach to urban planning has been …

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Harmonie Park taps former mayor to launch land-use consultancy

One of the developers behind the North 40 project along Highway 17 in Los Gatos has brought the town’s former mayor, Marcia Jensen, on board to launch a consultancy. The Bachman Avenue-headquartered Harmonie Park Development, a company with around 10 …

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Referendum throws wrench into Los Gatos’ housing plans

Despite Town Council having already decided on how much housing to plan for when it passed the 2040 General Plan earlier this year, an organization pushing for slow growth had managed to get a couple key parts of it put …

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