Enjoy this month's newsletter from the City of Saratoga!

Quito Village Development Project

Sand Hill Property Company has submitted an application to develop a mixed-use 91-unit townhome project at Quito Village (18764 Cox Avenue) using California State Senate Bill (SB) 35 and the California State Density Bonus Law.

These state laws require the City to process this application in a specific way that differs from what many communities are familiar with. The City must adhere to an expedited timeline and use a streamlined, ministerial review process.

The City will hold a Neighborhood Information Meeting on the project and SB 35 process on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Joan Pisani Community Center Multipurpose Room (19655 Allendale Avenue).

More information, a timeline, and project plans are available online at www.saratoga.ca.us/QuitoVillage. Interested community members can also sign up to receive email notifications on project updates.

Community Meeting on Mountain Winery Annexation

More than a year ago, the City began the process of annexing the Mountain Winery into the Saratoga City limits. Historically, the City has had no land use control over the operations or past expansions. In recent years, the County has approved significant changes at the Mountain Winery, including the construction of 5 new buildings and an addition of hundreds of seats to the concert bowl with no Saratoga control.

As part of the annexation, the City engaged in a public process to create a draft plan that finally limits opportunities for future development to a specific area and ensures a large percentage of the property remains in its current state. That plan provides an opportunity for the Mountain Winery to propose future lodging that would be limited to 300 rooms and subject to the City’s thorough design review process.

While a number of community meetings have been held and various outreach methods were used throughout the process, additional questions and concerns have recently been raised. In response, the City will hold another community meeting on Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Senior Center (19655 Allendale Avenue) to ensure those are addressed. View a timeline of major project milestones and meetings at www.saratoga.ca.us/MWAnnex. You can also subscribe to receive email updates regarding the project.

Coming Up

Let's Work Volunteer Day
February 8 at 9:00 a.m.
Quarry Park

City Hall Closure
February 20
Presidents' Day

Hakone Lunar New Year 
February 23 at 11:00 a.m.
Hakone Estate & Gardens

Nextdoor Digest

Apply to Serve Your Community
Saratoga is currently looking for residents to serve on the Library, Planning, and Youth Commissions! Commissioners are invaluable because they help to address community needs and mold Saratoga’s future. Find the requirements, deadlines, and applications www.saratoga.ca.us/comvac

Become a Master Composter

University of California Cooperative Extension is looking for Master Composters! Applications are due January 31, and their training program begins March 19 at 5:30 p.m. Upon graduation, students are required to provide educational opportunities and technical assistance to the community. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2CVCoGV

Sign Up for a CERT Academy
Trained CERT members can mobilize neighborhood resources, deliver immediate assistance to victims, organize emergency communications, and provide support to first responders. The 7-part course is held multiple times throughout the year and rotates between Saratoga and other West Valley Cities. Learn more at www.saratoga.ca.us/CERT

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Quick Tip from Captain Rich

Captain Rich Urena oversees the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office West Valley Division.

Be careful to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when using heating sources and closing windows to fight off cold winter weather. Install detectors in hallways near sleeping areas. Check the batteries every six months, and don’t forget to replace detectors every five years.

For more information on safety and Saratoga Neighborhood Watch, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/stayingsafe

Kayla Nakamoto

Ask Our Staff featuring Kayla Nakamoto

Q: How can I apply for a Community Event Grant?

A: We love community events because they bring residents together, which benefits Saratoga! To help organizers, the City established a Community Event Grant Program. Grants can be used for City-related fees, contracted services, event materials, and supplies. They are issued upon a reimbursement basis.

We are currently accepting applications for events that will take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Events must be held in Saratoga, free and open to the public, and volunteer-led. Events must also celebrate community and concentrate on Saratoga’s character, diversity, or history.

Visit www.saratoga.ca.us/eventgrants to apply. Applications are due to City Hall by February 26, 2020 and will be brought to the Council for decision at the City Council meeting on March 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to attend this meeting to answer any questions about their events.

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