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ORDINANCE 1804 <br />AN URGENCY INTERIM ZONING ORDINANCE EXTENDING ORDINANCE 1778 <br />ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY PROHIBITION ON APPLICATIONS <br />FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF IMPROVEMENTS TO NONRESIDENTIAL <br />PROPERTY IN THE DOWN TOWN 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 OBTAINS: <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 between <br />Saratoga Avenue and Blossom Hill Road (Study Area) as delineated on the map <br />attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated by reference herein, would cause <br />blight and decrease revenues and that development applications for property in <br />the Study Area would further exacerbate the parking problem by the construction <br />of buildings and other improvements in a manner that would affect the Town's <br />ability to achieve an equitable solution to the area's parking deficiencies. <br />These consequences would create a threat to public health, safety and welfare <br />as follows: <br />a. A reduction in tax receipts would occur as a result of the <br />significant number of vacancies which would create fiscal <br />impact to the Town resulting in a decrease in Town services. <br />Dilapidated store fronts as well as derelict buildings will <br />contribute to increased vacancy rates and decreased property <br />values. The Study Area consists of many uses that were <br />formerly nonconforming as to parking and these uses are a major <br />focal point of the community and provide many services that <br />cater to Town residents. <br />-1- <br />