The Los Gatos Planning Commission voted to rezone property located at the corner of Los Gatos Boulevard and Roberts Road to demolish the former Honda auto dealership buildings to construct 22 new single-family residences.
As the clock approached midnight Wednesday evening at Town Hall, the commission voted 5-1 to allow property owner Margaret R. Bishop to continue with plans to allow Robson Homes to build the units on the condition that at least two set aside as below-market-priced dwellings.
The lone vote against the rezoning came from Vice Chairwoman Marcia Jensen who said that the area is not residential-friendly and would favor a retail-transitional development in the space.
The lot is located at 16213 Los Gatos Blvd., and the applicant is the Santa Clara Development Company, which is proposing to build the housing project on two acres.
Most of the homes would have four bedrooms and be two stories.
Commissioner Joanne Talesfore abstained from weighing in on the matter due to a personal conflict of interest with the applicant, which is building the Bluebird Lane development just down the street.
The commission came to a consensus after it became gridlocked on a 3-3 tie on the first motion made by Commissioner Thomas O’Donnell to make the recommendation to the Los Gatos Town Council to approve the rezoning with an actual specified amount of units and one below-market-priced unit built offsite.
The commission started over with another motion that did not specify an actual amount of units to the council and required at least two below-market-priced housing units built on-site.
In other news, The application drew a lot of controversy from town residents this past summer, particularly property owners on Broadway, who said the hotel is noisy and hasn't complied with its current permit.
Residents had signed a petition opposing the hote's CUP modification.