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  1. 1. Gateway Analysis Toolkit What are community gateways? Primary entry points to the City or business district. …and can be much more.
  2. 2. What is importance of a gateway to the community? Help create ◦ sense of arrival or arrival zone. ◦ sense of image ◦ sense of identity. ◦ sense of atmosphere. ◦ sense of culture ◦ sense of belonging to a community. Help provide marketing, advertising icons and/or brand recognition
  3. 3. Where are the gateways for Downtown Los Altos? Foothill / First and Edith San Antonio / Main and Edith Foothill / San Antonio and First Foothill / First and Main
  4. 4. Gateway Locations
  5. 5. Foothill / First and Edith
  6. 6. Foothill / First and Edith
  7. 7. San Antonio / Main and Edith
  8. 8. San Antonio / Main and Edith
  9. 9. San Antonio / Main and Edith
  10. 10. Foothill / San Antonio and First
  11. 11. Foothill / San Antonio and First
  12. 12. Foothill / San Antonio and First
  13. 13. Foothill / San Antonio and First
  14. 14. Foothill / First and Main
  15. 15. Foothill / First and Main
  16. 16. Foothill / First and Main
  17. 17. Now, back to gateways Gateway Analysis Toolkit: A set of common, agreed upon criteria or standards for evaluating gateways. Can be used to help determine if any proposed project meets the needs of the community residents and businesses.
  18. 18. Imagine… What comes to mind when you think of “Santana Row”? Do you sense the ◦ atmosphere ◦ culture ◦ expectation of successful businesses & restaurants ◦ Inviting outdoor meeting and entertainment spaces where community and public can gather? This is the kind of image that a Gateway should help provide
  19. 19. Imagine… Now imagine entering downtown Los Altos through one of the four gateways. What do you see and sense? What do you hope to see in the future?
  20. 20. How do we design and evaluate gateway projects to ensure they fulfill their role? Your Job: ◦ Assess and communicate community wants and needs ◦ Develop evaluation skills, using a set of common criteria for reviewing proposed gateway projects. ◦ Get involved in the public review process – attend: Architectural review meetings Planning commission meetings City Council meetings
  21. 21. Gateway Analysis Toolkit: Proposed Evaluation Criteria What common evaluation criteria do architects, designers and planners commonly use to review a potential gateway project?
  22. 22. Criteria #1 Arrival Zones What is your first visual impression upon arrival, by car, by bicycle or by walking? What do you see first? a primary architectural feature? A community outdoor meeting space? Landscaping? A parking lot? The back of a building? Open space? Monument or signage?
  23. 23. Criteria #2: General Site Design Identify the primary view corridors for arrival. Are the building elements oriented in such a way to give a sense of arrival?
  24. 24. Criteria #3: Building orientation and view corridors Evaluate building site plan in context of ◦ neighboring view corridors, ◦ arrival zones ◦ Usable outdoor open space
  25. 25. Criteria #4: Parking Requirements Is adequate parking provided onsite for the intended uses? Does it meet required parking ratios? Does the site dimensions allow the creation of efficient parking layouts? Should additional parking be required for other off-site uses or public benefits?
  26. 26. Criteria #5: Architectural elements and building massing Is the building massing and articulation of a scale that introduces you to the downtown? Is the architectural style conducive to the image of the downtown? Does proposed style create diversity or continuity in architectural styles? Are the architectural elements responsive to usable public outdoor /pedestrian spaces?
  27. 27. Criteria #6: Usable Public outdoor/ pedestrian spaces Are the outdoor public spaces large enough to be functional? Can we have an outdoor café and leisure seating? Is there enough room for music and/or other small scale entertainment? Are the outdoor spaces shaded or in full sun? Does the building’s configuration and orientation provide these usable outdoor spaces?
  28. 28. Criteria #7: Usability of interior building spaces Is the building configuration conducive to active, leasable store fronts of appropriate size to attract the most desirable retailers? Are the upper level office spaces of appropriate configuration and size?
  29. 29. Criteria #8: Additional Public Benefit Can additional parking be provided to benefit other existing or proposed projects? Can the developer be given incentives to provide additional improvement? Can specific uses be identified as public benefits and incorporated into the design? Can the City provide additional amenities to enhance the proposed design?
  30. 30. What other criteria can we add to the toolkit? Criteria #9
  31. 31. Discussion: Public vs. Private Gateways What’s the difference between a gateway on private property and one on public property? Should the public have more input and control over a gateway on publicly owned property? Can we expect more public benefits from a Gateway project on public property? Who pays for the public benefits?
  32. 32. First and Main Project ◦ On this public property, the City has… “…an obligation to promote sound development, to promote a high level of design which will enhance the City’s downtown area, and to provide an environment for the social, economic and psychological growth and well-being of the citizens of the City.” -Los Altos City Option Agreement with the developer for First and Main Gateway Project How do we interpret this obligation?
  33. 33. Proposed Site Plan for First and Main Gateway Project
  34. 34. NEXT STEPS What to expect at our next meeting ◦ Apply toolkit criteria to proposed design submitted by developer ◦ List areas where design meets criteria ◦ List areas where refinements are needed ◦ List questions for developer and city leaders Closing Questions? Discussion