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April 24, 2015

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 67, Number 20 u April 24, 2015 u Cupertino, CA u Est. 1947 u $1.00 182 BY MATT WILSON R esidents eager for the final showdown in Cupertino's two-year effort to update its Gen- eral Plan will have to wait another month for a conclusion. The city's General Plan amendment public hearing has been pushed ahead once again, this time to May 19. "We hope not to change it; we've already done it twice. We want to get it completed this May," Cuper- tino city manager David Brandt told the council at the April 21 council meeting. The final hearing was originally noticed for March 17 but was pushed out to April 21 with one council member absent from the March meeting. When the item returns, the council will hold a public hearing to consider changes to city-wide development allocations for office, commercial and hotel uses, height limits and building planes, and the possible adoption of a community benefits policy. The May 19 meeting could wrap up more than two years of work by the city. Three public hearings totaling nearly an entire day's worth of discussion have been held to date on the massive update. On Dec. 4, the council voted to adopt a partial por- tion of the General Plan known as Community Vision 2040. During that meeting the council voted to update its housing element but put off almost all major General Plan decisions to a later date. The council's December General Plan update, however, did not ap- prove changes to existing height limits or the pro- posed community benefits program. The only other General Plan decision made Dec. 3 was to boost office allocation in the city at the Vallco shopping district. The council voted to allocate up to 2 million square feet of office in the area in hopes that it will spur develop- ers from Sand Hill Property Company to begin work on a plan to revitalize the struggling shopping mall, which saw most of its property recently purchased by Sand Hill. The General Plan is a state-mandated document and sets the city's policy direction in a number of ar- eas including land use, mobility, housing, open space, infrastructure, public health and safety, and sustain- ability through specific goals, policies and strategies. For more information on the General Plan Amendment. housing element update projects, and to view video of some previous workshops and meetings, visit cupertinogpa.org. HEARING FOR GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT MOVED TO MAY Public hearing moved to May 19 Code Words: City poet laureate merging tech and arts with 'code poetry'.............................. page 5 Top Teacher: Lynbrook High selects its teacher of the year for 2015.......................................... page 6 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Steven Brown, the artistic director and founder of Chrysalis Youth Theatre, talks to his crew from the stage during a dress rehearsal of 'Peter Pan' at the Anthony Soto Theatre in San Jose. Setting the Stage Stage Chrysalis Youth Youth Theatre helps Theatre helps transform young transform young actors both on actors both on stage and in life stage and in life Page 14 Page 14

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