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Meeting Minutes <br /> September 18, 2003 <br /> Town of Los Altos Hills <br /> Joint City Council and Planning Commission Special Meeting <br /> Thursday, September 18, 2003 5:00 p.m. <br /> Council Chambers, 26379 Fremont Road <br /> 1. CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE <br /> Mayor Cheng called the Special Meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission <br /> to order at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall. <br /> Present: Mayor Cheng, Mayor Pro Tem O'Malley, Councilmembers Fenwick, Kerr <br /> and Warshawsky, Planning Commissioner Chair Clow, and Planning <br /> Commissioners Cottrell, Kerns, Mordo and Vitu <br /> Absent: None <br /> Staff. City Manager Maureen Cassingham, City Attorney Steve Mattas, Planning <br /> Director Carl Cahill, City Engineer/Director of Public Works Mintze <br /> Cheng and City Clerk Karen Jost <br /> Press: Kaye Ross, San Jose Mercury News and Tim Seyfert, Los Altos Town <br /> Crier <br /> • 2. JOINT MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND PLANNING COMMISSION <br /> DISCUSSION ITEMS: <br /> The City Council and Planning Commission had a suggested list of items for discussion <br /> that had been prepared by the Planning Director. A summary of the items and comments <br /> include: <br /> • Development Area Policy — low priority at this time for study by the Planning <br /> Commission. Council will consider a proposed zoning amendment at tonight's <br /> City Council Meeting that would exempt synthetic turf material from <br /> development area calculations when used in athletic fields at community <br /> recreational facilities and schools but not private residences. It was noted that <br /> historically, there has been a concern that exemption of certain surfaces from <br /> development area calculations, would encourage additional development on the <br /> lot. <br /> • Conservation Easements — presently being investigated by the Open Space <br /> Committee. It was decided to have this process completed by the Committee and <br /> the report forwarded to the Planning Commission for their review. <br /> • Pathway Policy — the Pathway Committee in conjunction with the subgroup that <br /> has been researching pathway easements will work to finalize the Pathway Map <br /> and then forward it to Council for review, comment and final approval. Consensus <br /> that rnuch of the documentation has been completed but public'input is an <br /> important consideration in finalizing the map. <br /> 1 Special Meeting Minutes <br /> September 18,2003 <br />