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Building a City of Great Places...

San Jose has undergone many changes over the last 60 years. From a small community of farms and orchards with an urban Downtown surrounded by walkable neighborhoods, to one of the fastest growing cities in the nation in the 60's and 70's, to the urban center of Silicon Valley that San Jose is today. 
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San Jose will continue to grow into the future and the vehicle for planning for that future growth, for making choices between conservation and development, and for defining the desirable balance between social, environmental, and economic costs in San Jose is the General Plan. The General Plan represents the official policy regarding the future character and quality of development and an assessment of the amount, type, and phasing of development needed to achieve its social, economic, and environmental goals. 
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The Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan was adopted by the City Council in November 2011. This General Plan centers on twelve Major Strategies that reflect the community’s desire to see San Jose grow into a more prominent great City, taking on a growing environmental and economic leadership role in the region, nation and world. In terms of physical form, San Jose will offer a wide variety of living and working environments, continuing to develop the Downtown, preserving and enhancing existing residential neighborhoods, and creating new, vibrant Urban Villages. This physical form is attractive to San Jose’s diverse population and particularly suited to meet the needs of two growing segments of the population, young professionals and those more senior in age. 

The Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan is an award winning General Plan. It has received the Award of Excellence, Comprehensive Plan Award for a Large Jurisdiction from both the Northern California American Planning Association and the California American Planning Association. These awards recognized the teamwork across multiple City departments, an extensive community engagement process, and its contributions to long range planning.