Sunnyvale Events Calendar: December 7, 2017

Saturday, December 9: Breakfast with Santa

Kick off the season with holiday cheer, fun crafts and a delicious breakfast. Bring your camera or pay $5 for a photo. Live performances by The Singing Children and The Entertainers Choir. Bring nonperishable items to our food drive for home-bound seniors.

Admission: $5 per ticket, $7.50 per ticket after Friday, Dec. 1
For tickets visit the Senior Center front desk or call 408-730-7360.

Saturday, December 9
Seating at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Senior Center Orchard Pavilion
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Tuesday, December 12: Help Sunnyvale Middle School Safe Routes to School

Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, December 12, from 7:45 – 8:30 am to witness 6 busy routes to Sunnyvale Middle School for a Safe Routes to School walking and biking assessment. Please, sign-up at this link http://signup.com/go/PNAenUh that also includes more details on the routes and schedule. So far, the weather is expected to be sunny and cool.

A brief orientation will be provided at the school entrance. Then we’ll walk to designated areas and record information about walkability, bikeability, safety concerns and motorist behavior. Information collected will be used to address safety concerns and create a map for SMS showing the Safe Routes to School. The City of Sunnyvale will create the map, and it will be reviewed by the SMS Safe Routes to School Team.

Tuesday, December 12, 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Sunnyvale Middle School
1080 Mango Ave, Sunnyvale
Registration: http://signup.com/go/PNAenUh
Contact: kristel@timetodream.com

Wednesday, December 13: Poetry in the Dark

A night of conversation in verse. Let’s turn off the lights and recite poetry to each other! Please bring inside you a poem you have memorized.

Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Public Library
665 W Oliva Ave, Sunnyvale

Thursday, December 14: Candlelight Vigil for Sandy Hook

December 14 is the fifth anniversary of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Families and friends of the 20 children and 6 teachers have asked for nationwide vigils.

Thursday, December 14
Mathilda and El Camino, Sunnyvale, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Castro and El Camino, Mountain View, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Main and State, Los Altos, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Contact: SVCRGunSanity@gmail.com

December 15-16: 2017 Holiday Pottery Sale

Pick up a unique, handcrafted ceramic for yourself or a loved one. Free admission with plenty of parking. Sunnyvale Pottery Studio instructor Hsin Chuen Lin will be holding a pottery demonstration at the sale with the date and time to be determined. Part of sale proceeds will go towards supporting the Sunnyvale studio.

December 15-16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Community Center Park
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Saturday, December 16: An Evening with Andy Weir

Andy Weir, the author of last year’s hit novel, The Martian, is coming to Sunnyvale to discusses his new novel, Artemis. Seating is limited, admission will be on a first-come, first-served. Seats may not be saved or reserved. Doors will open at 4:15 p.m. and the event will run until 6:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. Bring your own copy of The Martian or Artemis to be signed by the author. Copies of Artemis will be  available for purchase on-site by Leigh’s Favorite Books. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Theatre.

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Theatre
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
Contact: 408-730-2772 or 408-730-7302

Sunday, December 18: Blue Hawaiian Party

Sunnyvale Democrats are holding their annual holiday potluck. The theme is “Ride the Blue Wave to Victory.” If you can help or would like to ask what to bring, please contact Hospitality Chairperson Marge Goka at teardropowner@gmail.com.

Sunday, December 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Fairbrae Swim Club
696 Sheraton Drive, Sunnyvale

December 18-22: LEGO Materials Mini-Camp

Looking for something for your child to participate in during the holiday break? Sign them up for the Intro to STEM with LEGO materials Mini Camp. Campers will build, engineer and design projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults, merry-go-rounds and much more.

December 18-22, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Braly Park
704 Daffodil Ct, Sunnyvale
Ages: 6 – 11 years
Fee: $145 for residents, $185 for non-residents
Contact: 408-730-7350
Online Registration: https://recreationclasses.insunnyvale.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html — activity 321360

December 18-20: Coding for Kids Workshop

Sunnyvale youth are invited to learn beginner coding skills and design a game at this workshop led by high school student volunteers from MathAndCoding.org. The camp is free and will take place at Columbia Middle School. Pre-approved fee waiver
families have priority registration starting Nov. 28. All other families can register starting Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m.

December 18-20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Columbia Neighborhood Center (CNC)
785 Morse Ave, Sunnyvale
Ages: 7 – 10 years
Contact: 408-730-7800
Registration: in person at Columbia Neighborhood Center (CNC)
See Also: https://sunnyvale.ca.gov/people/affordability/default.htm to apply for a fee waiver

 

Must Be Present to Win – A Bike Advocate Success in Sunnyvale

Originally published by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, republished with permission from author Tim Oey.

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Taking a measure along Caribbean Drive.

In September 2017, Sunnyvale bicyclists almost lost a significant connection between the Borregas Avenue bike route and the Bay Trail. Luckily a few key people were at a public meeting and eventually convinced Sunnyvale staff that a safe route in both directions was critical for bicyclists of all abilities.

Here is the story of how this evolved and some pitfalls along the way.

Sunnyvale’s Water Pollution Control Plant has been running for 60 years and is in the process of a much-needed rebuild so it can continue to serve an expanding population and generate cleaner recycled water to keep the San Francisco Bay healthy. As part of this rebuild, Sunnyvale needed to close Carl Road to allow the Water treatment plant to expand. This would sever the current Borregas to Bay Trail connection as well as close Bay Trail public access parking along Carl Road. The plan was to create new a new route for bicycles and pedestrians to go from Borregas to the Bay Trail as well as a new parking area for cars. Borregas, with its two bike/ped bridges over 101 and 237, is the northern end of Sunnyvale’s premier north-south bicycle route.

The Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and its support staff were not informed of this pending major bicycle and pedestrian change, nor were Bay Trail staff. I was invited by Larry Klein, one of Sunnyvale’s council members, to a public outreach meeting to review the final design of what was called the “Caribbean Drive Parking and Trail Access Enhancements Project.” I almost did not attend because it seemed it should be a slam dunk to maintain or even improve this great bicycle and pedestrian connection to the Bay Trail.

Alas, the devil is often in the details.

While local city staff are getting better at handling bicycle and pedestrian issues, they still have a strong bias favoring motor vehicles that lines up with our strong car culture. Call it car privilege.

So the redesign they came up with provided excellent motor vehicle parking as well as reasonable pedestrian facilities but would have required bicyclists to dismount and walk their bikes along a pedestrian sidewalk in the southbound direction for several years until a new bike/ped crossing of Caribbean was built sometime in the future. Even then, bicyclists would be routed on a bike lane along the busy and high-speed Caribbean Drive instead of the much slower Borregas Ave & Carl Drive.

Google-Borregas-Aerial-Map

In this Google Map aerial view, the purple line is Carl Road, which will be closed; the green line is the new bike access trail along a water canal; the yellow line is the sidewalk along Caribbean, and the red line is the future at-grade bike/ped crossing of Caribbean.

During the presentation, Sunnyvale staff were quite insistent that there was no space for a multi-use path instead of a sidewalk on the north side of Caribbean and that the plans were too far along to change. When pressed, they came up with alternative detours for bicycles to go through the Yahoo campus or through a little-known back access way behind and through the Sunnyvale SMART station.

Later, I and others visited the site in person to discover that there were about 26 clear feet between Caribbean and the fenced-in landfill that provided plenty of space for a two-way multi-use trail instead of a pedestrian sidewalk. Also, the detours through Yahoo and the SMART station had navigational challenges and some safety issues in addition to being longer and out of the way — sometimes adding a couple of extra miles to what should have been a short connection.

Thanks to a flurry of dialog from some council members, myself, and many other advocates including Bay Trail staff and former council members, Sunnyvale staff did finally come up with a proposal that included a multi-use trail on the north side of Caribbean to provide safe and easy access between Borregas and the Bay Trail for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. This was confirmed in an email communication from Sunnyvale staff in late October.

In the end, we should now get a connection between Borregas and the Bay Trail that is an enhancement over the current Bay Trail connection, but it was touch-and-go for about a month. If not for the quick and concerted effort, we could have been stuck with degraded bicycle access.

Some key takeaways from this experience:

1) Never assume. It is incredible how many ways things can go wrong.

2) Must be present to win. We need bicyclists at as many public meetings as possible to make sure we catch design issues before they are set in stone (literally). It is often surprising how many developments can have a significant impact on bicyclists and pedestrians.

3) Our network is our strength. Only by leveraging our network did we have enough influence to change plans in the very late stages of this project. Also by having a big network, we can cover more territory and meetings. We need a network of alert advocates to ensure we eventually get a vast network of beautiful routes throughout Silicon Valley. Being a member of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is HUGE! Please encourage your friends to join us!

Thanks!


Tim Oey is currently the president of the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, vice chair of the Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, life member of both the Adventure Cycling Association and League of American Bicyclists, and an SVBC member since 1989.

Sunnyvale Events Calendar: December, 2017

NOTE: It has been a busy year for me, but I am trying to get this website back on its feet for 2018. I will try posting upcoming events each Thursday at 2pm. -danny

Saturday, December 2: 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Start the holiday season with the tree lighting ceremony at Downtown Sunnyvale. Entertainment provided by Dance Attack, Columbia Middle School, Homestead High School, Fremont High School, and Santa Claus.

Saturday, December 2, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Historic Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://www.sunnyvaledowntown.com/holiday-tree-lighting.html

Sunday, December 3: Les Artisanes French Boutique and Cafe

Les Artisanes are a local group of independent French designers. Join them to enjoy French creations and gourmet food. Lunch will be hosted by Saveurs Provence.

Sunday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fairbrae Swim & Tennis Club
696 Sheraton Dr, Sunnyvale
See Also: https://www.facebook.com/events/127073804622690/

Sunday, December 3: Story Time with Author Arjun Rihan of The Wrong Stripes

Rudy the zebra has a peculiar problem: his stripes zag instead of zig. Unable to fit in with his herd, he sets off on an adventure with the hope of finding someone like himself. On his journey, Rudy discovers a world full of animals with vibrant spots, dazzling points, and other mesmerizing patterns. But will he find what he is looking for?

Sunday, December 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Bookasaurus
125 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

Sunday, December 3: Caltrain Holiday Train

Glowing with thousands of lights and holiday decorations, the Holiday Train will stop at nine train stations over two nights. During the 20-minute station stops, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the gang will get off the train to greet children and spread holiday cheer. Bring the family to join in the fun, and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Train Toy Drive.

The Caltrain Holiday Train will stop in Sunnyvale on Sunday at 7:50 p.m. The Sunnyvale event will feature Sideshow events and a balloon artist. The train will make stops in Mountain View and Santa Clara on Saturday. The Mountain View event will feature the Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus. The Santa Clara event will feature the Salvation Army Band and an open house event at the South Bay Railroad Historical Society.

See Also: http://www.holiday-train.org/

Tuesday, December 5: El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee

The El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee (ECRPAC) will hold its sixth meeting to begin discussion on development standards and design guidelines for the ECR corridor. Based on the City Council selected land use alternative and the draft vision statement for the Specific Plan, the project team will provide a presentation on topics including node/district identity, distribution of density/uses along the corridor, and design strategies to ensure minimal impact on adjacent properties. Feedback from the ECRPAC will allow the project team to further refine these concepts for review by the ECRPAC at a future meeting.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Senior Center (Laurel Room)
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://plansunnyvaleecr.m-group.us/

Wednesday, December 6: FREE Workshop – Slash Your Energy Bills this Winter!

Green@Home is a program sponsored by the City of Sunnyvale and offered by Acterra, a local non-profit.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunnyvale City Hall – Council Chambers
456 West Olive Avenue
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/acterra-greenhome-in-sunnyvale-1503379603

Saturday, December 9: Breakfast with Santa

Kick off the season with holiday cheer, fun crafts and a delicious breakfast. Bring your camera or pay $5 for a photo. Live performances by The Singing Children and The Entertainers Choir. Bring nonperishable items to our food drive for home-bound seniors.

Admission: $5 per ticket, $7.50 per ticket after Friday, Dec. 1
For tickets visit the Senior Center front desk or call 408-730-7360.

Saturday, December 9
Seating at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Senior Center Orchard Pavilion
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

December 15-16: 2017 Holiday Pottery Sale

Pick up a unique, handcrafted ceramic for yourself or a loved one. Free admission with plenty of parking. Sunnyvale Pottery Studio instructor Hsin Chuen Lin will be holding a pottery demonstration at the sale with the date and time to be determined. Part of sale proceeds will go towards supporting the Sunnyvale studio.

December 15-16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Community Center Park
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Saturday, December 16: An Evening with Andy Weir

Andy Weir, the author of last year’s hit novel, The Martian, is coming to Sunnyvale to discusses his new novel, Artemis. Seating is limited, admission will be on a first-come, first-served. Seats may not be saved or reserved. Doors will open at 4:15 p.m. and the event will run until 6:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. Bring your own copy of The Martian or Artemis to be signed by the author. Copies of Artemis will be  available for purchase on-site by Leigh’s Favorite Books. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Theatre.

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Theatre
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
Contact: 408-730-2772 or 408-730-7302

Sunday, December 18: Blue Hawaiian Party

Sunnyvale Democrats are holding their annual holiday potluck. The theme is “Ride the Blue Wave to Victory.” If you can help or would like to ask what to bring, please contact Hospitality Chairperson Marge Goka at teardropowner@gmail.com.

Sunday, December 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Fairbrae Swim Club
696 Sheraton Drive, Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale Public Safety Accepting Toy Donations until December 15

Via Twitter:

All Sunnyvale Fire Stations are accepting toy donations, until 12/15, for low-income Sunnyvale kids.

Station Addresses:

171 N Mathilda Ave
795 E Arques Ave
910 Ticonderoga Dr
996 S Wolfe Rd
1210 Bordeaux Dr
1282 Lawrence Station Rd

Upcoming Events

NOTE: It has been a busy year for me, but I am trying to get this website back on its feet for 2018. I will try posting upcoming events each Thursday at 2pm. -danny

Saturday, November 25: Rides-for-Toys

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety invites kids to ride on a real Sunnyvale fire engine on Saturday, Nov. 25th between 10 a.m. and 1:30 pm, with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. The annual “Rides for Toys” event supports needy kids in town during the holiday season.

Suggested retail value of each donation: $25. Cash donations also accepted.

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Toys-R-Us Parking Lot
130 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://svcommunityservices.org/

Saturday, December 2: 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Start the holiday season with the tree lighting ceremony at Downtown Sunnyvale. Entertainment provided by Dance Attack, Columbia Middle School, Homestead High School, Fremont High School, and Santa Claus.

Saturday, December 2, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Historic Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://www.sunnyvaledowntown.com/holiday-tree-lighting.html

Sunday, December 3: Les Artisanes French Boutique and Cafe

Les Artisanes are a local group of independent French designers. Join them to enjoy French creations and gourmet food. Lunch will be hosted by Saveurs Provence.

Sunday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fairbrae Swim & Tennis Club
696 Sheraton Dr, Sunnyvale
See Also: https://www.facebook.com/events/127073804622690/

Sunday, December 3: Story Time with Author Arjun Rihan of The Wrong Stripes

Rudy the zebra has a peculiar problem: his stripes zag instead of zig. Unable to fit in with his herd, he sets off on an adventure with the hope of finding someone like himself. On his journey, Rudy discovers a world full of animals with vibrant spots, dazzling points, and other mesmerizing patterns. But will he find what he is looking for?

Sunday, December 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Bookasaurus
125 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

Sunday, December 3: Caltrain Holiday Train

Glowing with thousands of lights and holiday decorations, the Holiday Train will stop at nine train stations over two nights. During the 20-minute station stops, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the gang will get off the train to greet children and spread holiday cheer. Bring the family to join in the fun, and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Train Toy Drive.

The Caltrain Holiday Train will stop in Sunnyvale on Sunday at 7:50 p.m. The Sunnyvale event will feature Sideshow events and a balloon artist. The train will make stops in Mountain View and Santa Clara on Saturday. The Mountain View event will feature the Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus. The Santa Clara event will feature the Salvation Army Band and an open house event at the South Bay Railroad Historical Society.

See Also: http://www.holiday-train.org/

Tuesday, December 5: El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee

The El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee (ECRPAC) will hold its sixth meeting to begin discussion on development standards and design guidelines for the ECR corridor. Based on the City Council selected land use alternative and the draft vision statement for the Specific Plan, the project team will provide a presentation on topics including node/district identity, distribution of density/uses along the corridor, and design strategies to ensure minimal impact on adjacent properties. Feedback from the ECRPAC will allow the project team to further refine these concepts for review by the ECRPAC at a future meeting.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Senior Center (Laurel Room)
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://plansunnyvaleecr.m-group.us/

Wednesday, December 6: FREE Workshop – Slash Your Energy Bills this Winter!

Green@Home is a program sponsored by the City of Sunnyvale and offered by Acterra, a local non-profit.

December 6, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunnyvale City Hall – Council Chambers
456 West Olive Avenue
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/acterra-greenhome-in-sunnyvale-1503379603

Saturday, December 9: Breakfast with Santa

Kick off the season with holiday cheer, fun crafts and a delicious breakfast. Bring your camera or pay $5 for a photo. Live performances by The Singing Children and The Entertainers Choir. Bring nonperishable items to our food drive for home-bound seniors.

Admission: $5 per ticket, $7.50 per ticket after Friday, Dec. 1
For tickets visit the Senior Center front desk or call 408-730-7360.

Saturday, December 9
Seating at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Senior Center Orchard Pavilion
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

December 15-16: 2017 Holiday Pottery Sale

Pick up a unique, handcrafted ceramic for yourself or a loved one. Free admission with plenty of parking. Sunnyvale Pottery Studio instructor Hsin Chuen Lin will be holding a pottery demonstration at the sale with the date and time to be determined. Part of sale proceeds will go towards supporting the Sunnyvale studio.

December 15-16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Community Center Park
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Saturday, December 16: An Evening with Andy Weir

Andy Weir, the author of last year’s hit novel, The Martian, is coming to Sunnyvale to discusses his new novel, Artemis. Seating is limited, admission will be on a first-come, first-served. Seats may not be saved or reserved. Doors will open at 4:15 p.m. and the event will run until 6:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. Bring your own copy of The Martian or Artemis to be signed by the author. Copies of Artemis will be  available for purchase on-site by Leigh’s Favorite Books. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Theatre.

December 16, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Theatre
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
Contact: 408-730-2772 or 408-730-7302

Caltrain Grade Separation Community Meetings: August 10, 24

(Via Ria Hutabarat Lo, PhD, Sunnyvale Transportation and Traffic Manager)

There are two upcoming community meetings regarding the Caltrain Grade Separation Feasibility Study. This study will assess the feasibility of separating the road and railway at Mary Avenue and Sunnyvale Avenue.

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This project is being considered due to safety concerns, congestion delays, pedestrian/bicycle access issues, and noise impacts associated with having active at-grade railway crossings in urbanized communities. Anticipated increases in service frequency along the Caltrain railway line will improve regional access for Sunnyvale commuters but exacerbate concerns associated with railway crossings—if they are not grade separated.

Depending on the selected alternative, the impacts of grade separation could potentially include the following:

  • property acquisitions
  • access modifications
  • temporary road closures

The City of Sunnyvale will hold two community meetings to describe project goals, process, and schedule, and obtain initial community feedback. Each meeting will be tailored to the respective crossing location. Meeting details for each location are as follows:

Mary Avenue Railroad Crossing
6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017
Washington Park Building, 840 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale
Also: Online Survey

Sunnyvale Avenue Railroad Crossing
6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017
Sunnyvale Library, 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale
Also: Online Survey

Survey on Accessory Dwelling Units

Sunnyvale is reviewing regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as “granny flats” or “in-law” units. An ADU is a small dwelling located on the same property as a single-family home, which includes its own kitchen/bathroom. It can be a part of the main home or a separate structure.

Sunnyvale’s current code places the following limits on ADUs:

  • Minimum lot size 8,500 square feet
  • Maximum unit size 700 square feet
  • 1 bedroom maximum
  • 20-year deed restriction requiring owner occupancy

This study will consider possible changes to allow more ADUs to be built, and to what standards. The concern is to allow residents to expand the housing supply while avoiding negative impacts to quality of life.

The State of California has declared that ADUs are consistent with single-family home zoning and density standards and considers ADUs to be a viable option to create more affordable housing in existing neighborhoods. ADU standards were recently liberalized state-wide. This study will also serve to reconcile Sunnyvale’s regulations with the new state standards.

Background on ADUs in Sunnyvale:

Residents are invited to share their perspective on ADU regulations at http://sunnyvale.peakdemocracy.com/portals/209/Issue_5092

New regulations will be reviewed by the Housing and Human Services Commission in July, the Planning Commission in September, and City Council likely in October.