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PAGE 2 <br />MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL <br />SUBJECT: INTRODUCE AN ORDINANCE ADDING A NEW CHAPTER TO THE LOS GATOS <br />TOWN CODE ENTITLED "NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION" <br />DISCUSSION: <br />The residents and businesses of the Town of Los Gatos place a high value on their quality of life and on <br />the maintenance of properties in all zones. For the most part, deviation from required Town ordinances <br />and maintenance standards is enforced by the community's known expectations in that regard. <br />Nevertheless, there are problem properties which demand repeated attention and resources from the <br />Town's enforcement personnel. <br />In reviewing this matter with Town staff, it became obvious that the Town Code prohibited these <br />conditions generally, but did not specifically address many of the property maintenance issues presented <br />by these problem properties. The lack of specific expression of a particular violation makes it difficult <br />both to describe the nature of the violation to the property owner and to file a charge to cure the <br />violation, if the property owner refuses to comply, <br />The proposed ordinance would add a new chapter to the Town Code and would specifically list <br />prohibited conditions that exist on properties. The list would aid enforcement staff in communicating <br />with the property owners and/or tenants as well as assist those owners in understanding the violation. <br />More importantly, the proposed ordinance will provide greater efficiency for Town enforcement staff in <br />achieving compliance. <br />Town staff, including Community Development, Police, and Parks and Public Works, reviewed the <br />proposed ordinance and refined the individual provisions to match their experiences and needs in the <br />field. If the ordinance is adopted, Town staff will continue to work with property owners to gain <br />voluntary compliance. If voluntary compliance cannot be achieved, violations of this ordinance can be <br />corrected through the administrative procedures adopted by the Town Council in 2004 or pursued <br />through a variety of other methods, including nuisance abatement and enforcement tlu~ough the <br />misdemeanor or infraction process. <br />FISCAL IMPACT: <br />The fiscal impact of this provision may result in additional revenue from administrative penalties'and <br />fines as well as saving some staff time in achieving compliance. There is no direct fiscal impact by this <br />action. <br />ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: <br />Is not a project defined under CEQA, and no further action is required. <br />