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Public Notice, August 28, 2019 - Air Quality Relating to KB Homes Construction at Communications Hill

Please read this public notice concerning air quality and asbestos relating to a construction project at Communications Hill. This public notice is also available in: SpanishVietnameseChineseHindi

Update – September 4, 2019: The City has approved that KB Home workers may resume interior-only activities beginning Thursday, September 5. This interior work will occur only on the homes where the buildings are done, streets are paved, and the landscaping is complete. No digging or external dust is anticipated with this work.

Update – September 6, 2019: The City has received a Technical Memo from Golder Associates, Inc., a consulting firm with expertise in asbestos. Golder reviewed the methodologies used to analyze the air quality data at the construction site and compiled the health risks using this data, based on federal guidelines. Please contact Sam Yung at the number or email listed below if you have questions about this memo.

Update – September 13, 2019: The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has reaffirmed KB Home’s approved Asbestos Dust Mitigation Plan for construction. KB Home will resume construction activities on September 16, 2019. Perimeter air monitoring will continue for the duration of the construction, and results are published on KB Home’s webpage every Wednesday by 2:00 p.m. The City has scheduled a community meeting for Wed., September 18, 2019 (location to be determined), including representatives from BAAQMD and Ramboll (KB Home’s environmental consultant), who will answer questions relating to naturally occurring asbestos.

Update - September 17, 2019: Councilmember Maya Esparza is hosting a community meeting to provide an update on the construction activity on Communications Hill. City staff and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will be at the meeting to answer questions. Meeting logistics:  Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Location - Fire Station 33, 2933 Saint Florian Way, San José.  

For questions on the KB Home Project and asbestos issue, contact:

Sam Yung, Department of Public Works
or 408-975-7136

Please check this webpage for continued updates on the KB Home construction project.

Communication Hill
Photo courtesy of HMH Inc.
Project Site Location

The Communications Hill project site is located south of Downtown San José on the hillside area between Highway 87 and Monterey Road, northerly of Hillsdale Avenue and southeasterly of Curtner Avenue, in City Council District 7. 

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The City of San José approved the Communications Hill Specific Plan (CHSP) as a dense, highly urbanized, pedestrian-oriented residential neighborhood with industrial park uses. The proposed project at Communications Hill is designed in accordance with the parameters of both the Specific Plan and the Envision San José 2040 General Plan

The current proposed project is the development of approximately:
  • 2,200 residential units of varying densities and types;
  • Up to 67,500 square feet of commercial/retail uses;
  • 1.44 million square feet of industrial park uses; and
  • Parks, play fields, open space, trails, streets, stormwater facilities, and other supporting infrastructure.

A school is also envisioned within the project development, but its construction is not included in the proposed project. The Communications Hill project is comprised of four phases of development, outlined in the table below. 

Development History of Communications Hill

Since 1984, the City's General Plan has recognized Communications Hill as a valuable and unique opportunity to create a sizable, mixed-use urban neighborhood with commanding views in proximity to downtown, freeways, light rail, and Caltrain. In 1992, the City Council approved the Communications Hill Specific Plan on about 500 acres.

Of the roughly 4,700 residential units envisioned for the CHSP, approximately 2,500 units have already been constructed along with public infrastructure, including portions of Communications Hill Boulevard, various storm and sanitary upgrades, a fire station, and various parks and trails. The current project proposes to construct the remaining 2,200 residential units, as well as develop 67,500 square feet of commercial and 1.44 million square feet of industrial park uses.

Nearly 22 years after its original conceptual design, the urban neighborhood outlined in the CHSP is still relevant. The project continues to meet the goals expressed in the City's General Plan, including the promot smart infill growth, and complements the surrounding developments that have occurred since the plan was written, fulfilling the vision of the CHSP.

Communications Hill Applications

 Application Title & Phase  Description Planning Status  Construction Status
The General Plan Amendment and Communications Hill Specific Plan (CHSP) Text Amendments
File No. GP/GPT13-002 and the CHSP Area Development Policy were approved by the Council on September 30, 2014 as part of the 2014 Annual Review (see Resolution No. 77173).
Completed n/a
Planned Development Zoning
File No. PDC13-009 was approved by the City Council on October 21, 2014 (Agenda Item 11.2) by Ordinance No. 29503. 
Completed n/a
Communications Hill No. 1, was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2014. The annexation was initiated on September 30, 2014 by Council Resolution No. 77170.
Completed n/a
Master Planned Development Permit & Master Tentative Map

File Number PD14-035 & File No. PT14-030

Submittal Date: July 16, 2014
Approved by Director of Planning: January 14, 2015
Completed Ongoing
Phase 1 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map
314 residential units - File No. PDA14-035-01File No. PT14-034

Submittal Date: August 21, 2014

Approved by Director of Planning: March 18, 2015

Completed Ongoing
Phase 2 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map
648 residential units - File No. PDA14-035-03 & File No. PT15-055

Submittal Date: October 2, 2015

Approved by Director of Planning: March 16, 2016

Completed Ongoing
Phase 2 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map
486 residential units - File No. PDA14-035-04 & File No. PT17-020

Submittal Date: March 30, 2017
Approved by Director of Planning: July 26, 2017
Completed Ongoing
Phase 3 Planned Development Permit 
Village Center: 490 residential units, 15,000-square feet of commercial space, 31,600-square feet of amenity space - File No. PDA14-035-05

Submittal Date: April 10, 2017
Approved by Director of Planning: TBD
Under review Upcoming
Phase 3 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map 815 residential units (for both Phase 3 and 4) - File No. PDA14-035-06 & File No. PT19-018 Under review Upcoming
Phase 4 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map (see Phase 3) Under review Upcoming

More Information about these permits listed above can be found at SJ Permits.

Communications Hill Project Environmental Documents

The Final Subsequent EIR was certified by the City Council on September 30, 2014 with the adoption of Resolution No. 77172. 

Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Communications Hill Specific Plan:

CHSP Final EIR Vol. ICHSP Final EIR Vol. II
Supplemental EIR Vol. I-IISupplemental EIR Appendices A-E

Past Public Outreach/Meetings

Planned Development Permit Amendment Phase 2 and Phase 3 Meeting: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017. Fire Station #33, 2933 St. Florian Way, San Jose, CA 95136
Community Meeting Slide Show

Parks Facilities Plan Community Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  Fire Station #33, 2933 St. Florian Way, San Jose, CA 95136
Community Meeting: Thursday, August 28, 2014  Community Meeting Slide Show
Community Meeting and SEIR* Scoping Meeting: Monday, June 10, 2013
SEIR* Scoping Meeting: Monday, June 17, 2013

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Subsequent EIR, General Plan amendment, Area Development Policy and Planned Development project on September 10, 2014.  Planning Commission Staff Report  

Additional Documents

Conceptual Photo Simulations


Vineyard Initiative 

Planning Staff Contact

Name / Title: Stefanie Farmer, Project Manager
Phone: (408) 535-3861

Owner & Applicant Information

Property Owner: MTA Properties LP
Applicant: KB Home South Bay Inc.