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Urban Village City Council Study Session (April 1, 2014)
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers (Open to the Public)


On November 12, 2013, the City Council held a Study Session on the implementation of the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan with specific emphasis on implementation and financing tools to develop Urban Villages in San Jose. The City Council was not able to complete this discussion within the 3 hour Study Session and therefore passed a motion to continue the Study Session at a later date. The continued discussion on Urban Village financing strategies and a discussion on Signature Projects will occur at the City Council Study Session on April 1, 2014 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the Council Chambers.


Urban Village Planning                                                       

There are twelve major strategies that are embodied within the
Envision San Josè 2040 General Plan. Collectively, these strategies build on the vision to directly inform the land use / transportation diagram and the goals, policies and implementation actions formulated to guide the physical development of San Josè and the evolving delivery of City services over the life of the General Plan. 

Major strategy number five is to promote the development of Urban Villages; active, walkable, bicycle-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use urban settings for new housing and job growth attractive to an innovative workforce and consistent with the plan's environmental goals. Urban villages will enable location of commercial and public services in close proximity to residential and employee populations, allowing people to walk to services while also providing greater mobility for the expanding senior and youth segments of the population. The urban villages strategy fosters:
  • Mixing residential and employment activities
  • Establishing minimum densities to support transit use, bicycling, and walking
  • High-quality urban design
  • Revitalizing underutilized properties with access to existing infrastructure

Engaging local neighborhoods through an urban village planning process

More information will be posted here as the urban village planning process takes shape. Meanwhile, for questions or comments, please contact Senior Planner, Michael Brilliot at (408) 535-7831.

Urban Village Locations

The location of each Urban Village was selected through the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Outreach process. These areas were chosen as the strategic locations that could accommodate a growth in jobs and housing capacity. 

 
Mobilehome Parks Within Urban Villages
There are five mobilehome parks in the City of San Jose that are located within an Urban Village boundary. During the initial community workshop for the Santana Row / Valley Fair Urban Village, residents of the Winchester Ranch Mobilehome Park, which is located within the Santana Row / Valley Fair Urban Village boundary, had many questions about what it means to be located within an Urban Village. These questions have been responded to by the City in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which has relevance to other mobilehome parks located within an Urban Village. This FAQ is part of providing information to the community and will be updated as new questions of broad relevance are received and answered. To view this document please click on the link below. 



Urban Village City Council Study Session (November 12, 2013)
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the City Council Chambers (Open to the Public)

At the November 12th Study Session, the City Council began their discussion of potential financing strategies needed for Urban Village Implementation with members of the City Senior Staff, Planning Commission, development community, SPUR, and financing experts. A link to the agenda and presentation slides for this meeting is included below. This Study Session was continued by the City Council to a date that is yet to be determined. Once known, the date of the continued Study Session will be posted on this website.


Urban Village Planning Commission Study Session (August 28th, 2013)

The Urban Village team presented an overview for the Planning Commission on what an Urban Village is, the components of an Urban Village Plan, and the process for creating an Urban Village Plan, as well as, an update on the current progress of The Alameda, West San Carlos, and South Bascom Urban Villages. This presentation was open to the public.
 

Recently Conducted Urban Village Workshops
 
  • The third and final South Bascom Urban Village community workshop was held on Monday, February 10, 2014 at the Sherman Oaks Community Center (1800 Fruitdale Avenue). See the Planning Process on the South Bascom Urban Village website for additional information on this workshop.  

  • The third and final West San Carlos Urban Village community workshop was held on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Sherman Oaks Community Center (1800 Fruitdale Avenue). See the Planning Process on the West San Carlos Urban Village website for additional information on this workshop.

  • A second community workshop was held on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at the Hoover Community Center to seek additional input on design, land use, and parks plans for The Alameda Urban Village area. See the Planning Process on The Alameda Urban Village website page for additional information on Workshop #2. 

Please check back regularly for information on other upcoming Urban Village workshops for The Alameda, Stevens Creek, Winchester Boulevard, and Santana Row / Valley Fair.