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May 22, 2015

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 67, Number 24 u May 22, 2015 u Cupertino, CA u Est. 1947 u $1.00 182 BY MATT WILSON T he Cupertino City Council has put on the brakes of a General Plan amendment nearly three years in the making, but city leaders are still interested in exploring a new method for tackling General Plan requests from developers. In separate votes May 19, the council decided to make no further changes to the city General Plan and instead investigate a city staff proposal to create a General Plan review process that city staff describes as "competitive." Since August 2012 the city has been working on a massive consolidated General Plan update to replenish office and hotel allocations, and consolidate individual requests from property owners. The council's decision for now halts city plans to increase existing General Plan building heights and building planes, or making changes in land use designations to any property. Instead of forging ahead with the updates, the council was receptive to a city staff proposal that would see developers showcase General Plan amend- ment-related projects once a year to council members. Projects that look enticing would then move on to a General Plan amendment process whereby developers would work with city staff before a council vote. The council voted May 19 to have city staff explore the idea further, do community outreach and return to the council with a proposed process. Under the proposed plan, projects that are not au- thorized for the annual round of GPA projects would have to reapply for the next annual round to be con- sidered for processing. The staff report describes this as an"orderly" and "competitive" process that could "meter" growth. General law cities such as Cupertino are only allowed four General Plan amendments every year, according to city staff. Under the proposed process, developers would pro- vide conceptual plans for a brief preliminary review, an outline of the General Plan amendments requested and a term sheet with a list of voluntary community amenities to be provided. Mayor Rod Sinks was supportive of the idea and said it would be a good way to meter growth and extract community benefits from projects to mitigate project COUNCIL VOTES TO NOT MAKE ANY FURTHER UPDATES TO GENERAL PLAN City exploring new process Extra Steps: City honors residents, organizations with the CREST awards .................................. page 6 Speaking Up: English learners in high school district give speeches in English..................... page 7 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY CATHY GERTH Ambassador Giselle Contreras, 3, from Willow Glen plays in the sand at the Courageous Kids Day held at California's Great America on May 10, Mother's Day. Profiles in Courage Profiles in Courage Courageous kids enjoy a 'cancer-free' Courageous kids enjoy a 'cancer-free' day at Great America day at Great America page 12 page 12 Plan, page 8

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