16100 Greenridge Terrace Planned Development and Subdivision EIR

EMC Planning Group prepared an EIR for an application to re-zone 36 acres located in the foothills of Los Gatos from HR 2 1/2 to HR 2 1/2 PD and subdivide the property into eight large, residential lots. Environmental issues include visual impacts, biological resources including tree removal, cultural resources, geologic hazards, noise, and traffic. At public hearings on the project, the primary concerns were the selection of alternatives, tree removal, and driveway length due to fire access in a wooded area. Because there were no significant unavoidable impacts, and all of the impacts were mitigated through standard types of mitigation (pre-construction surveys or tree replacement, for example), development of alternatives was a challenging task; the Town Council utilized the concept presented in one of the EIR alternatives and expanded the area under open space easements.