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Planning Commission to Consider Zoning Changes to 29 Parcels

The changes could pave the way for up to 43 acres of high-density residential housing.

The Gilroy Planning Commission will consider rezoning six areas around the city from uses like General Services Commercial and Low Density Residential to High Density residential in order to fulfill the goals of the recently updated housing element.

The housing element doesn’t require that the housing be built, only that the land be available so it can be built.  According to a staff report, the city needs an additional 54 acres of land designated as High Density Residential.  The six areas being considered for the zoning changes total 43 acres.

In addition to the 43 acres already identified in the staff report, the planning commission will consider a zoning amendment that would establish a minimum density for mixed-use projects in the part of town covered by the Downtown Gilroy Specific Plan.

The proposed zoning changes would create a minimum zoning density of 20 units per acre.

According to David Bischoff, Director of Planning and Environmental Services, the minimum density in the downtown will provide clarity and certainty for developers.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall.

How do you think the proposed changes will affect Gilroy?  Are you in favor of or against the proposed zoning changes?  Tell us in comments.

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Marilyn Green January 10, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Why not let the home values improve to their former dollars before adding a bunch of houses?
Tamra~Kathleen January 10, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I dream of a Gilroy more like Solvang, Napa or Healdsburg; A charming destination get-away with upscale stores, restaurants (on par with Milias!) and Victorian B&Bs. Then our house prices would skyrocket. We have great wine here, and a rich history; all we need are more stylish structures and good marketing.
JB Davis (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Most developers don't build homes if they think they won't sell. Most of these zoning changes are about being in compliance with sate housing mandates. It would be nice to be like Napa with lots of people coming to town for a day or two and leaving their money here when they go home!
Janet Larner February 05, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Be Careful I say, Gilroy is beautiful , has such potential, but our natural beauty must be protected, the hills , views, open space ! It is my hope those entrusted to protecting our city be extremely prudent when it comes to who builds here and what and also, where. The center of our town needs some work, sign ordinance, cleanup, and a better business environment, we need a vital town center again !
Janet Larner February 05, 2013 at 04:51 AM
Remember people buy Community when they buy a home, we do have a smal inventory right now, with more buyers than homes, Property values are increasing, with supply down and demand up, thanks..

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