The City Council Meeting Agenda will include what could be the final hearing on AS 17-02, the 6 acre Agri-tourism parcel directly across from Gilroy Golf Course off Hecker Pass. This is called an Architecture and Site Review, and is the appropriate time to modify the design.
A few of us have been meeting individually with Council Members and trying to educate them on the issues. We have heard that the proposal may already have four of seven votes and know it will be an uphill battle to send this project back to the drawing boards. We feel the only way to get the votes to modify this proposal is to fill up the Council Chambers. We need your help!
There were several important details about the Agri-tourism parcel that were not addressed at the time the Hecker Pass Specific Plan was created. Here are the main issues:
1. Several elements of the Design Chapter are not followed:
a. Two large two story buildings are parallel to Hwy 152 and may block views.
b. Buildings are not clustered. They are in a strip mall alignment.
c. The 217 parking spaces dominate the parcel in one huge lot.
d. The buildings have corrugated metal and wood siding, not high quality as befits a destination.
2. Although the HPSP calls for ZERO residential uses in any of the ag parcels, the proposal includes 22 “live/work” rental units.
3. The City has no definition for “live/work” units.
4. There are no commercial tenants for this project, it is being built on speculation.
5. Access to the tourism parcels. None so far from Hwy 152, only through the newest Third St. roundabout and the small 28’ wide Lone Oak residential street.
6. This project will set the standard for the other two agri-tourism parcels. Because it is precedent setting we should be very careful about the design and uses.
7. Lack of coordination/collaboration between the three ag-tourism parcels, as called for in the HPSP.
8. A boutique hotel or bed and breakfast would bring in needed Transient Occupancy Tax to the City. 22 apartments are inappropriate for tourism and are a financial burden to the City.
We are urging the City Council to send this project back to the drawing board to get prospective uses first, then design a smaller project around those tenants! A new design should eliminate the two story apartments, scale down the size and plan a better access road. If you agree, please come to the Council Meeting and voice your opinion.