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Scotts Valley Town Center Specific Plan EIR Section 4.8 Land Use

Table 4.8-1. Policy Consistency

Applicable Policy

Consistency Discussion

1.1

Encourage the production of new residential development which provides a choice of housing type, density, and cost to meet the housing needs of all segments of the community.

Potentially Consistent. Both single-family and multi-family (mixed-use) residential uses are proposed as part of the Town Center Specific Plan.

1.2

Ensure that new residential sites have appropriate community services and public facilities, including streets and roadways, water, sewer, and other needed infrastructure.

Potentially Consistent. The proposed Town Center is located on an infill site surrounded by existing commercial and residential development. Infrastructure to accommodate this development is available, as discussed in Sections 4.11, Transportation and Traffic, and 4.12, Water/Wastewater.

1.3

Facilitate and encourage the development of mixed-use residential and commercial projects at appropriate locations along major corridors, within established design guidelines.

Potentially Consistent. The proposed mixed-use development would be located along Mt. Hermon Road, and would adhere to strict design guidelines, as discussed in Section 4.1, Aesthetics.

1.6

Support the development of a new Town Center that will provide a range of housing types, retail, commercial uses, public facilities and open space that will serve as the future focal point for the community.

Potentially Consistent. The Town Center Specific Plan would fulfill this long-time goal of the community of Scotts Valley.

Goal #2

It is the goal of the City of Scotts Valley to foster a high quality, safety, and livability of housing and residential neighborhoods through the improvement and preservation of housing and community services.

Potentially Consistent. The Town Center Specific Plan would adhere to this policy. Land use compatibility is discussed in Impact LU-1 above.

2.6

Protect established residential neighborhoods from the transition and intensification that detract from the character of the neighborhood.

Potentially Consistent. The Town Center Specific Plan would not result in significant impacts to visual character, as discussed in Section 4.1, Aesthetics.

Goal #4

It is the goal of the City of Scotts Valley to protect its unique sensitive environmental, archaeological, and paleontological assets encourage resource conservation measures in all new housing developments.

Potentially Inconsistent. The protection of environmental resources is discussed throughout this EIR. In the absence of additional historical surveys, potential impacts to historical resources are considered potentially significant and unavoidable, however additional analysis may determine that impacts are less than significant.

4.2

Ensure that new development proposals are adequately evaluated for their impact upon cultural resources, sensitive habitats and species, environmental features, and other such factors.

Potentially Inconsistent. The protection of environmental resources is discussed throughout this EIR. In the absence of additional historical surveys, potential impacts to historical resources are considered potentially significant and unavoidable, however additional analysis may determine that impacts are less than significant.

4.3

Require that all residential developments be thoughtfully integrated into the natural environment, including woodlands, hillsides, view sheds, wetlands, and other features of the natural terrain.

Potentially Consistent. The protection of environmental resources, including biological resources, and aesthetic resources are discussed in Sections 4.3 and 4.1, respectively.

4.4

Investigate feasibility of offering regulatory and financial incentives to developers proposing green building technologies in housing projects.

Potentially Consistent. As discussed in the project description, Section, 2.4.4 Sustainable Design, the proposed Town Center Specific Plan includes many green building techniques.

City of Scotts Valley

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