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ORDINANCE NO. 1768 <br />AN URGENCY INTERIM ZONING ORDINANCE <br />ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY PROHIBITION ON APPLICATIONS <br />FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF IMPROVEMENTS TO NONRESIDENTIAL <br />PROPERTY IN THE DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN AREA THAT WERE <br />FORMERLY NONCONFORMING AS TO PARKING LOCATED WEST <br />OF STATE ROUTE 17 BETWEEN SARATOGA AVENUE <br />AND BLOSSOM HILL ROAD <br />THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS ORDAINS: <br />SECTION I. <br />FINDINGS <br />Pursuant to Government Code Section 65858, the Council hereby finds <br />that there is a current and immediate threat to the public health, safety and <br />welfare in that the cessation of uses that were formerly nonconforming as to <br />parking located in the Downtown Specific Plan Area west of State Route 17 be- <br />tween Saratoga Avenue and Blossom Hill Road (Study Area) as delineated on the <br />map attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated by reference herein, would <br />cause blight and decrease revenues and that development applications for prop- <br />erty in the Study Area would further exacerbate the parking problem by the <br />construction of buildings and other improvements in a manner that would affect <br />the Town's ability to achieve an equitable solution to the area's parking <br />deficiencies. These consequences would create a threat to public health, <br />safety and welfare, as follows: <br />a. A reduction in tax receipts would occur as a result of the <br />significant number of vacancies which would create a fiscal im- <br />pact to the Town resulting in a decrease in Town services. <br />Delapidated store fronts as well as derelict buildings will con- <br />tribute to increased vacancy rates and decreased property <br />values. The Study Area consists of many uses that were formerly <br />nonconforming as to parking and these uses are a major focal <br />point of the community and provide many services that cater to <br />Town residents. <br />