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Council Preview: Should Gilroy City Council Meet Later?

A group is requesting that Gilroy City Council meetings start at 7 p.m.

Gilroy City Council meets at 6 p.m. — the earliest council meeting time of 15 cities in Santa Clara County, according to Save Our Gilroy Foothills.

Save Our Gilroy Foothills is a group dedicated to educating the community on planned developments and other Foothills issues. They are requesting that council consider the meeting time change at its Feb. 25 meeting.

An online survey in late-2011 found that 73 percent of the responders wanted the Gilroy City Council meetings changed to 7 p.m. A total of 200 signatures were also collected requesting that the meeting time be changed.

“We believe that the majority of the Gilroy residents who work do commute to their workplace. Having the early meeting time creates a detriment for residents to attend the council meeting and for some, impossibility,” the group writes.

Gilroy City Council will also consider making amendments to ordinances regarding residential areas in the city during its Feb. 4 meeting.

During the Jan. 28 meeting, councilmembers were first introduced to the ordinance changes, but councilmember Terri Aulman was absent. The ordinance would amend the Downtown Gilroy Specific Plan and Gilroy Zoning Ordinance to establish a minimum density of 20 units per acre for the residential portion of the mixed-use projects in the History, Cannery and Expansion districts, staff reports.

Another ordinance would amend the zoning map to rezone as many as 12 high-density residential parcels.

Gilroy City Council meets at 6 p.m. today, Feb. 4, at Gilroy City Hall, 7351 Rosanna St.

You can view the agenda here.

What do you think? Should the meeting time be changed? Tell us in the comment section below. 

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Janet Larner February 05, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Make the meeting later, it is true most people must commute , so in order to participate in meetings, more time should be allowed them to attend, keeo things fair that way...

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