GGS Meeting Minutes from June 18, 2019

7:07 Called to order

Treasurers Report:  Balance is in good standing
Minutes approved from online posting


General Plan Economic Development Report:  Council direction is to proceed without incorporating the recommendations from the EDC Plan to include housing east of Hwy. 101

July 22 and July 23 public outreach meetings are scheduled for General Plan:
Monday July 22, 6:30-8:30 pm at Eliot Elementary School 475 Old Gilroy St, Gilroy or
Tuesday July 23, 6:30-8:30 pm at Luigi Aprea Elementary School 9225 Calle Del Rey, Gilroy

GGS Concerns on these meetings

1.  General Plan Committee wants to hear from the public and then further discuss from that input so it is important that GGS alerts its membership to attend. 

2. Dates during summer are not ideal-council needs this process completed so staff has to keep pushing forward.

3. How is city going to promote these meetings? Walt will write a news alert and send out to the GGS large mailing list, Dispatch and Gilroy Life and Chrys will post on GGS website. Post on Next Door as well., Gilroy Community for a better downtown, and Gilroy Gold are other possible sites to post.  Have 3 specific, compelling reasons why people should attend:  Density, traffic issues, and heights of buildings.

2020 Council Election Process:  Mayor and council seats:  We need one more council person that will speak up for GGS issues.  GGS needs a timeline to ensure that we are proactive well in advance. We need to try to identify candidates by our August meeting.  More promotion is needed of why GGS supports specific candidates. Connie will  contact current council members to see if they are running for sure. We can’t support too many candidates as it spreads the votes too thin. 

High Speed Rail:  Coming to July 1 council meeting to state their alignment choice. 

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.


Downtown: There is a proposed Coffee shop at old Texaco Station:  City is being difficult because they feel the owner is changing the front of the building but the owner is just replacing windows and doors with no structural change.  The process for new businesses is still not customer friendly. $4,000 must be spent upfront for a proposal that can be approved or not and the money is not refunded if project not approved.

Coffee with Mayor:  More of us should attend to ask specific questions

Next Meeting: August 20, 2019
Meeting Adjourned: 9:00 p.m.  Respectfully Submitted by Dana Wolfe

Community Workshops on Land Use in Gilroy: July 22 & 23

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

Time for Gilroy’s Public Safety Services to Catch Up with New Housing

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.

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GGS Meeting Minutes from Feb. 12, 2019

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.

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GGS General Meeting Minutes from August 7, 2018

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

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Status Of Downtown Revitalization and Economic Development

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.

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GGS Letter to CA High Speed Rail Supporting Downtown Station

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.

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GGS General Meeting Minutes from Jan. 16, 2018

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.

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Gilroy Growing Smarter Fall Newsletter

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 not 

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Local Open Space Advocacy Group Announces Name Change, New Leader

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:
Press Release:!


GGS Letter to City Council Seeking Answers re. Great Wolf Application

Gilroy Growing Smarter is not taking a formal position on Great Wolf Lodge at this time.  However, we do have concerns that we want you to publicly address (either through the city website or social/news media) before a decision is made to enter negotiations with Great Wolf.  

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