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Town of Los Gatos  |  General Plan 2040


Envisioning our Future

Final General Plan Elements Available for Review!

At the June 30, 2022 Special Town Council meeting, the Council approved the Draft 2040 General Plan with modifications.

The adopted 2040 General Plan retains the Town’s Low Density neighborhoods as is, allows more housing in High (formerly known as Medium) Density Residential (i.e., small, multi-unit housing), does not allow new housing potential in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, and focuses the majority of the growth in the Community Growth Districts with mixed use and higher density developments.

2040 General Plan Final Environmental Impact Report

The 2040 General Plan Final Environmental Impact Report is available for download using the link below. 

2040 General Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report

The Town is reopening the public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2040 General Plan Update. As part of the reopening, the public may submit comments on the Draft EIR for an additional 45-day period until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022. Download the document using the link below. To provide a comment, please use the green 'Comments' button on the right side of this page.

Why is this happening?

A draft Traffic Analysis was appended to the Draft EIR rather than the final Traffic Analysis. The revisions are minor and include removal of a draft water mark, highlighting, and slight text changes. To avoid confusion, the Town is recirculating the final Traffic Analysis along with the associated section of the Draft EIR (Chapter 4.15, Transportation) with the revisions to provide additional clarification and to note updated traffic impacts. No other sections of the Draft EIR have been updated.

Community Meeting #4: Draft 2040 General Plan 
Response to Questions available for Review!

Draft General Plan Available for Public Review!

The Draft General Plan is now available for public comment. View the whole General Plan by clicking the button below. To download individual elements, please use the table of links, below.

Newsletter #4: The General Plan Policy Document

Newsletter #4 is now available for download. The Newsletter outlines what has changed and what has stayed the same in each Element since the previous General Plan. 

Click on the document image to download the complete document (PDF format). For larger reports, you can click on individual chapters.

Notice of Preparation

A Notice of Preparation is a requirement under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and is the first step in the preparation of the Los Gatos 2040 General Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The NOP provides a brief project description and is primarily geared toward public agencies, but also is intended to inform the broader public of the pending environmental review. As part of this process, agencies and the broader public have 30-days to review the NOP and provide comments.

Preferred Land Use Alternative Framework

At their meeting on April 7, 2020, the Los Gatos Town Council approved a Preferred Land Use Alternative Framework for the Los Gatos 2040 General Plan. This framework will ultimately guide future goals, policies, and implementation programs as part of the Policy Document.

Land Use Alternatives Report

The Alternatives Report evaluates land use alternatives using a series of indicators to help community members and decision-makers understand the implications of each alternative.  Decision-makers will be asked to weigh the costs and benefits of each alternative presented in this analysis and to select a “preferred land use alternative.”  The preferred land use alternative will be combined with community input and the Town Vision and Guiding Principles, to guide the development of General Plan goals, policies, and implementation programs through the conclusion of the update process.


At their meeting on August 20, 2019, the Los Gatos Town Council approved a Vision Statement and set of Guiding Principles for the Los Gatos 2040 General Plan.

Issues and OPportunities Report

The Issues and Opportunities Report summarizes data from the first General Plan Community Workshop, the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) Meetings #1 and #2, Spring into Green, online engagement exercises on, and Town staff. The Report will facilitate discussion and provide direction in the visioning and guiding principles process, land use alternative process, and policy development in the General Plan.

Newsletter #2

Newsletter #2 provides an overview of the Background Report prepared as part of the General Plan update. 

Public Draft Background Report

The General Plan Background Report provides a snapshot of existing conditions in the Town of Los Gatos. Use the links below to download and view the Public Draft, published March 2019.

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Complete document (21mb)

Individual Chapters
    1. Cover, Table of Contents, and Introduction
    2. Los Gatos Today
    3. Land Use
    4. Mobility
    5. Public Facilities, Services, and Infrastructure
    6. Open Space, Parks, and Recreation
    7. Environment and Sustainability
    8. Hazards and Safety
    9. Housing
    10. Appendix A: Traffic Counts

Newsletter #1

Newsletter #1 provides an overview of the General Plan update process and information on how the community will be engaged in the update.

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