Mountain View Voice

News - July 23, 2010

City to hold general plan meetings

A once-every-20-years revision of the city's general plan could be nearly finished by the end of this year, which means the clock is ticking for residents who want to weigh in on Mountain View's blueprint for future development.

Two meetings are scheduled, including one from 9:30 a.m. to noon this Saturday, July 24, to discuss "emerging goals and policies" focusing on four key areas in Mountain View: the San Antonio shopping center area, the North Bayshore industrial neighborhood that's home to Google north of Highway 101, the entire length of El Camino Real and areas on the east side of Whisman Road, said city planner Martin Alkire.

The city has been gathering input for over a year from residents, commissions and the City Council on subjects including land use and transportation goals. The city is close to having a broad vision "gel" together for the key neighborhoods, which include a few smaller pockets of the city such as Moffett Boulevard and Old Middlefield Way, Alkire said.

Among the future possibilities are increased building heights for El Camino Real, North Bayshore and East Whisman, a major revamp of San Antonio shopping center, buildings that mix retail and residential at key intersections and streets, transportation improvements in and out of North Bayshore, and improved bike and pedestrian access throughout the city.

The first meeting on July 24 will be held in the City Council chambers inside City Hall at 500 Castro Street. The second will be held Thursday, July 29, at the Senior Center at 266 Escuela Ave. from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both meetings will cover the same topics, Alkire said.

—Daniel DeBolt

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