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Posted on: July 1, 2022

Adopted 2040 General Plan & FAQs Now Available!

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On June 30, 2022, in accordance with State law (Gov. Code Section 65300), the Town Council voted to adopt the Draft 2040 General Plan with modifications after several public hearings at both the Planning Commission and Town Council.

This process is a responsibility of each planning agency and Council in California.

The adopted 2040 General Plan and an FAQ document are now available at www.LosGatos2040.com. An interactive version will be posted in the coming months.  

The adopted 2040 General Plan retains the Town’s Low Density neighborhoods as is, allows more housing types in High (formerly known as Medium) Density Residential (i.e., small, multi-unit housing), does not allow new housing potential in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, and focuses the majority of the growth in the Community Growth Districts with mixed use and higher density developments.  

Please note that the Medium Density Residential designation was renamed High Density Residential and the High Density Residential designation was renamed Very High Density Residential.  As a result, there is no Medium Density Residential designation in the adopted 2040 General Plan.  

The projected number of housing units is 3,160 over the next 20 years. Subtracting 475 previously-approved units (“pipeline projects”) and 500 anticipated accessory dwelling units, the projected total is 2,185 units over the next 20 years. 

More specifically, the approved Plan: 

  • Keeps the Low Density Residential density at the 2020 density level (0-5 units per acre); 
  • Endorses the Planning Commission recommendation for High (formerly known as Medium) Density Residential (14-22 units per acre) except in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone where the density remains at the 2020 level (5-12 units per acre);
  • Retains the existing housing potential in Office Professional at the 2020 level (10-20 units per acre); 
  • Removes housing from the Service Commercial designation; and 
  • Includes the other designation changes contained in the Draft 2040 General Plan. 

The Town Council will review the Plan if 1,000 housing units are approved or after five years, whichever comes first. This provides the Council an opportunity to make any needed adjustments, in accordance with State law, based on actual development activity.

A referendum of a portion of the adopted 2040 General Plan is now circulating for signatures.  For full transparency, you can view the summary of the referendum at www.LosGatos2040.com