After several years of planning — and heated controversy over loss of open space — the City Council is scheduled to give final approval for 53 new homes at the former Grant Road farm during its meeting tonight.
Zoning administrator Peter Gilli recommends conditional approval of the project, which includes a variety of one- and two-story single family homes of up to 3,500 square feet on lots of at least 8,000 square feet.
In a May 27 zoning administrator hearing, the most controversial aspect of the project was a realignment of Levin Avenue. A portion of it would be moved slightly south to allow it to directly connect with Covington Road through a new four-way stoplight at Grant Road. Los Altos sent its police chief, Tuck Younis, to that meeting to oppose the street realignment plan, which Mountain View city staff stands behind.
In a ploy to get Mountain View's attention, Los Altos City Council member Ron Packard has reportedly threatened to have Los Altos explore turning Covington into a one-way street near Grant Road in order to keep Mountain View traffic from entering Los Altos via Covington.
"I wonder if the only way we are going to get their attention is if we begin exploring the concept of ingress and egress, "Packard told the Los Altos Town Crier. "What if we were to change the intersection of Covington and Grant, where from Covington there's only egress?"
Gilli also recommends approval of the project's environmental impact report, which Younis criticized for not adequately studying the impacts to traffic on Covington Road. The report says that traffic on Covington would increase by 222 daily trips, up from a daily average of 4,940.
Under city requirements, a half-acre park could have been part of the project. But because of its proximity to existing parks, such as Cuesta and Cooper parks, an in-lieu fee towards existing parks will be paid instead.