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Scotts Valley Town Center Specific Plan EIR Section 4.8 Land Use

them. The table is not an exhaustive list of applicable policies, but it emphasizes those policies related to potential environmental impacts of the project. The table also cross-references further discussion of the issue in the appropriate environmental issue section of this EIR. Although the City must make the final determination of consistency, written analysis of each of the policies that the Specific Plan is potentially inconsistent with is provided after the table.

Table 4.8-1. Policy Consistency

Applicable Policy LAND USE

Consistency Discussion

LO-2

To designate a variety of residential uses

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

LP-3

The City shall promote the availability of adequate sites for a variety of housing types and densities consistent with Housing Element Goals and environmental constraints

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

LA-7

Zone vacant infill sites at densities sufficiently high to encourage development, while respecting the character of surrounding uses.

Potentially Consistent. The Town Center Specific Plan project site is an infill site consisting of vacant and developed parcels, in the City’s commercial core.

LA-8

Zone highest densities along transportation corridors.

Potentially Consistent. High-density mixed-use development is proposed along Mt. Hermon Road.

LA-11

Amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow residential mixed-use projects such as daycare, neighborhood retail, and businesses as long as the uses are compatible with residential use.

Potentially Consistent. The Town Center Specific Plan promotes mixed-use development including compatible commercial and residential uses.

LO-13

Ensure that residential developments maintain the City’s aesthetics.

Potentially Consistent. A high-level of architectural review has occurred throughout preparation of the Town Center Specific Plan. Impacts related to visual character are discussed in Section 4.1, Aesthetics.

LA-13.3

Subdivisions or multiple family development of greater than four residential units should incorporate artistic elements and/or treatments into structures, landscaping, common areas, or open space, as approved by the City.

Potentially Consistent. The proposed Specific Plan contains architectural and landscape guidelines to ensure that future development is consistent with the City’s aesthetic goals.

LO-24

Ensure compatibility between residential development and surrounding land uses.

Potentially Consistent. Land use compatibility is discussed in Impact LU-1 above.

LP-25

The City shall prohibit new land use activities within and in close proximity to residential zones that generate undesirable impacts that cannot be mitigated.

Potentially Inconsistent. The Town Center Specific Plan may result in significant and unavoidable impacts to the local circulation system, as discussed in Section 4.11, Transportation and Circulation, that cannot be mitigated, and may impact area residents utilizing those networks.

LO-27

Provide sufficient acreage to promote planned commercial development.

Potentially Consistent. The Town Center Specific Plan includes new commercial uses as well as potential redevelopment of existing commercial uses in the City’s downtown commercial core.

LO-32

Ensure that commercial developments maintain the City’s aesthetics.

Potentially Consistent. A high-level of architectural review has occurred throughout preparation of the Town Center Specific Plan. Impacts related to visual character are discussed in Section 4.1, Aesthetics.

LO-37

Ensure compatibility between commercial development and surrounding land uses.

Potentially Consistent. Land use compatibility is discussed in Impact LU-1 above.

City of Scotts Valley

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