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What is an Urban Village?
The City of San Jose’s General Plan, Envision San Jose 2040, was adopted in November 2011. This new General Plan established the Urban Village concept to create a policy framework to direct most of San Jose’s new job and housing growth to occur within walkable and bike friendly Urban Villages that have good access to transit and other existing infrastructure and facilities. Creating complete Urban Villages is how the City will plan for that new growth. Preparation of a written document or Urban Village Plan for each Urban Village area will provide for continued community involvement in the implementation of the 2040 General Plan and for land use and urban design issues to be addressed at a finer level of detail.

Urban Village areas were selected specifically as the best areas of the City for new growth to occur. We deliberately left out most of the areas already developed as single-family neighborhoods. By concentrating new development in these newly designated areas it will help the City meet its environmental, fiscal, economic, and transportation goals, including but not limited to:


  • Support and encourage increased transit use.

  • Protect open spaces and hillsides.

  • Reduce greenhouse gases.

  • Promote economic development.

  • Build more healthy communities.

Planning - Urban Villages

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1. What is an Urban Village?
2. What is the Urban Village General Plan land use designation?
3. What is the Urban Village Boundary General Plan land use designation?
4. What are Horizons and what does it mean to be in one versus another?
5. What is a “Signature” Project and what is the planning process for developing a Signature Project?
6. What is a “Pool” Project and what is the planning process for developing a Pool Project?
7. What if my site is located within a Specific Plan area?
8. Prior to preparation of an Urban Village Plan what can I do with my property if …?
9. Can I rezone my property consistent with its General Plan land use designation?
10. Can I build a mixed use (commercial/residential) project in an Urban Village?
11. Can I build a residential project in an Urban Village?
12. What if the use I want to implement is a permitted use in my zoning district?
13. What if the use I want to implement is a Conditional Use in my zoning district?
14. What if the use I want to implement is a special use in my zoning district?