We are for low density around First Street as we are concerned about high rises on First Street and the lots on First Street are very narrow which limits options. For Downtown we chose to continue with downtown station plan. Northeast Gilroy- Employment center was preferred.Read More
June 20 Planning Commission Agenda: Next phase of Glen Loma 171 residential lots/125 acres. August study session on capital improvement: firehouse and tenth street bridge will be discussed. The fire station has not been built yet due to the city sending the plans back for size reductions to save money.Read More
The 2040 General Plan needs your feedback! Topics will include height limits for building construction, and flow of traffic, among others. You are invited to help shape the future of Gilroy land use at one of the following workshops:
Monday July 22, 6:30-8:30 pm at Eliot Elementary School 475 Old Gilroy St, Gilroy
Tuesday July 23, 6:30-8:30 pm at Luigi Aprea Elementary School 9225 Calle Del Rey, Gilroy
We’re making the following request because smart growth includes making sure that public safety services accompany growth. We would like you to prioritize and advance construction of both the Glen Loma Fire Station and the 10th Street Bridge. We believe these projects are critical to the provision of improved public safety response times and traffic circulation in the south west quadrant.Read More
Study Session on Emergency Response Times: 4-5 minute response time is recommended for medical survival, but Gilroy’s response time is 8-10 minutes. Gilroy needs a Glen Loma fire station to accommodate current and future growth…Read More
The General Plan progress should be monitored as some policies from the 20/20 General Plan have been eliminated without GPAC discussion. Lowering the levels of traffic service in the Tenth Street bridge area could lead to developers not being required to widen the bridge in the future. This would save the developer money but leave Gilroy residents with a traffic nightmare.Read More
New Hope Community Church infill development is almost approved by Uvas Creek by Las Animas School. BMX unpaved practice track being proposed (location is being disputed). Hospital purchase discussion was on consent agenda.Read More
Our first try at endorsement of Gilroy City Council candidates was modestly successful with the election of two of our four candidates. We are so proud of Carol Marques who received 8141 votesRead More
Gilroy Growing Smarter’s own vice chair, Carol Marques, announced she will be running for city council for the 2-year term. Voters will be able to vote for one candidate for the 2-year term.
Regular observer in GGS meetings and Chair of the Planning Commission, Tom Fischer, announced he will be running for the 4-year term
In early February, members Linda West and Carol Marques, met with the mayor, city administrator and all council members individually to discuss six action items that GGS wanted to see accomplished. We cannot take full credit for these action items as the GDBA (Gilroy Downtown Business Association) is responsible for many of these ideas. The City Council, at their annual strategic planning session this past February, addressed our concerns and set goals listed at the end of this document.Read More
Our goal, with the GPAC, is to help guide the commission towards the realization that a healthy city has to have a thriving center and well-utilized land. All over the city you can find shuttered buildings, openRead More
Carol led the discussion about why more businesses are not moving into downtown- the answer is that the planning department is not user friendly. They found out that there is 90 -day turnaround and other requirements after initial steps are completed.Read More
Our purpose was to preserve prime agricultural land, focus development inward and promote the revitalization of our historic downtown core. We strongly feel that compact development will benefit the City of Gilroy in many ways and that having the High Speed Rail station downtown (adjacent to our historic Caltrain depot and multi-modal transportation hub) will stimulate economic development in Gilroy through Transit Oriented Development.Read More
Carol Marques and Linda West have also been meeting with city staff to see what can be done about the empty buildings, façade improvements, keeping the area clean and the implementation of Main Street USA. Carol asked the group for approval for them to state that GGS also wants to see improvements made in the downtown. The unanimous consensus was that Carol and Linda could state that GGS is in agreement as they continue to meet with those involved with the downtown.Read More
At a Council Study Session on Dec. 6th two topics will be discussed: the Highway 101 CHSR alignment options that have been analyzed by the High-Speed Rail Authority, and staff's comments on the three other alignments currently under consideration by the Authority (East Gilroy, Downtown Viaduct and Downtown Embankment). Staff comments do notRead More
The Land Trust of Santa Clara Valley, formerly Silicon Valley Land Conservancy, is a nonprofit whose renaming and reorganization commenced as part of an overall plan to preserve and protect the remaining agriculture and open space in Santa Clara County, as well as the adjacent counties. The new executive director, Greg Leonard, is a local food systems crusader and grew up working his grandfather’s farm fields in the "Valley of Heart’s Delight".
LTSCV Website: http://www.landtrustscv.org/
Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/landtrustscv/2017-10/prweb14809463.htm#!
Here’s a link to a Los Angeles Times article from Sept 24th 2017 which discusses the Anaheim-Disney relationship. Gilroy, pay attention. Don't let big business exploit the Garlic City.
Is Disney paying its share in Anaheim? The money battle outside the Happiest Place on Earth.