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Letter to the Editor: Against Los Gatos Affordable Housing Plan

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Are you aware that the Los Gatos Community Development Department and planning commissioners are trying to fast-track zoning modifications to allow developers to build several large high-density low-income housing developments in Los Gatos? 

Through a process known as Affordable Housing Overlay Zone, or AHOZ, 565 new housing units, mostly apartments, will be built at a density of 20-30 per acre, with 80 percent reserved for very-low through moderate-income occupants. 

High-density affordable housing developments are not compatible with the highly-sought-after small-town characteristics of Los Gatos, where families pay considerable sums for residences built at lower densities of 2-6 units per acre.

One good reason to oppose the AHOZ is that Los Gatos schools, which already lack financial resources and exceed capacity, will be forced to absorb hundreds of new students. 

Another reason to oppose AHOZ is a fairness issue … northern residents of Los Gatos will be burdened with nearly the entire stock of affordable housing. 

With AHOZ, 86 percent of affordable housing in Los Gatos will be segregated to approximately 14 percent of the town north of Lark Avenue.

Traffic signal delays through Los Gatos are projected to slow down to an average grade of C+ (on an A-F scale).

Finally, numerous studies show that highly concentrated affordable housing has serious consequences for nearby neighborhoods resulting in elevated crime rates and reduced property values.

LGCRC Coffee drinker December 28, 2012 at 01:27 AM
This is a matter of sustainability. We are an ICLEI city and we have an obligation ( http://www.icleiusa.org/about-iclei/members/member-list ) to lead other communities. What if you are on welfare? What if you are on food stamps? What if you just got out of jail? You have a right to a job. You have a right to a home. You have a right to free health care. I suggest you suck it up and "Lean Forward".
LGCRC Coffee drinker December 28, 2012 at 01:29 AM
RE: Traffic signals - Why dont you ride a bicycle?
Shawn December 31, 2012 at 07:37 PM
GLCRC - pay attention to the letter. I think you are reacting instead of accepting the point. The subject of affordable housing is not being attacked but this author, rather the town's handling of the implementation of affordable housing. The problem is the town intends to shove anyone that requires affordable housing out of the way, on the "other side of the tracks", in metro-projects style developments. This is NOT the intent of the state's mandated policy. The housing is supposed to be dispursed throughout town, close to places of business and employment, close to transit headed IN to town and close to places where elders grew up and may grow old. The plan as proposed is an exact representation of what a town should NOT do. I studied this. Even their own environmental impact reports make the statement "it should be noted that all the sites are located in the far north end of town". This is the rich ensuring the problem is out of the way.
jeff whalen January 01, 2013 at 01:17 AM
well thought our comments shawn. our neighbors need to attend the planning and council meetings to see what the town, and specifically wendy rooney, are up to.

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