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ORDINANCE NO. 1769 <br />AN URGENCY INTERIM ZONING ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A <br />TEMPORARY PROHIBITION ON APPLICATIONS FOR CERTAIN <br />TYPES OF IMPROVEMENTS TO PROPERTY IN THE AREA <br />BOUNDED BY SHORT ROAD, BLOSSOM HILL ROAD <br />HARWOOD ROAD, HICKS ROAD AND SHANNON 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 that <br />there is a current and immediate threat to the public health, safety, and wel- <br />fare in that the subdivision of properties and construction of roads, <br />structures, fences and adverse environmental impacts resulting from the con- <br />struction of such physical improvements in the Study Area delineated on the map <br />attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated by reference herein, would cause <br />severe environmental damage and loss of wildlife habitat and that development <br />applications for property in the Study Area would further exacerbate the problem <br />by the construction of buildings and other improvements in a manner that would <br />affect the Town's ability to meet the policies as stated in the land use, circu- <br />lation, open space and conservation and historic preservation elements of the <br />General Plan and the Hillside Specific Plan. These consequences would create a <br />threat to public health, safety and welfare, as follows: <br />1. Environmental studies, field studies, and neighborhood responses to the <br />already completed environmental work have identified the study area as <br />having unique environmental characteristics, including open space <br />wildlife habitat areas, scenic vistas, and woodland areas. It is the <br />policy of the town to preserve such distinctive and unique <br />environmental areas. <br />