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The Alameda (East)
The Alameda The Alameda in San Jose has a rich history dating back to the late 1700s. The Alameda has served a number of functions over the years, ranging from a tree-lined boulevard leading to the Mission Santa Clara, a residential street at the turn of the 20th century and a retail and auto-focused commercial corridor from the 1920s. Most recently on The Alameda, there has been a reintroduction of residences to the corridor initiating a mixed-use environment. Through the Urban Village planning process the mixed-use profile of The Alameda will expand while preserving the historic character of the corridor.

Village Boundaries
The Alameda (East) Urban Village extends along The Alameda from roughly Stockton Avenue to West Julian Street.

View a map of the The Alameda Urban Village boundaries.

Public Hearing

The Planning Commission and the City Council of the City of San José will consider The Alameda Urban Village Plan at a public hearing on: 

Public Hearing Notice Flyer
Planning Commission Hearing
Approved Plan
The Alameda Urban Village Plan was approved by the City Council on December 14, 2016. 

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Vision

Chapter 3: Land Use

Chapter 4: Open Space and Public Art

Chapter 5: Urban Design and Historic Preservation

Chapter 6: Circulation and Streetscape
Chapter 7: Wayfinding and Community Identification Signs
Chapter 8: Finance and Implementation Strategy

Draft Chapter
Chapter 8 (Finance and Implementation Chapter) will be heard at the Public Hearing in 2017. Residential development cannot move forward until this chapter is adopted by the City Council.

Chapter 8: Implementation and Financing Strategy

The Planning Process

The Alameda Urban Village planning process is being supported by a Community Design and Transportation Planning Grant awarded to the City of San Jose by the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). 

As part of the The Alameda Urban Village planning process, the City of San Jose is taking part in extensive community outreach. The outreach process consists of background research as well as three community planning workshops specifically focused on the The Alameda Urban Village.


Planning staff are committed to engaging the broadest possible spectrum of community stakeholders to most effectively identify the community issues, challenges, and opportunities that guide and inform the development of the Urban Village plan. The community outreach portion of the The Alameda Urban Village consists of three community workshops. All neighborhood residents, property owners, business owners, and other interested individuals were invited to attend, participate, and provide input on the formulation of the Urban Village plan. 

Workshop #1
The Alameda Workshop 1
On October 18th, 2012, over 45 community members participated in the first The Alameda Urban Village community workshop. Participants included neighborhood residents, property owners, and other individuals interested in gaining insight into the Urban Village planning process. 

The workshop began with a presentation given by planning staff on Urban Villages and the Urban Village planning process. Participants then broke into groups where they were asked for input on the current state of the neighborhood and the opportunities that exist on the corridor. Additionally, groups were asked to provide input on a vision for the future of The Alameda Urban Village. The final task for participants was to use Lego to construct where they thought new development should be planned. 

Thank you to all who attended the first The Alameda Urban Village workshop. If you you were unable to attend please review the workshop materials below:

Workshop #2
On January 30, 2014 over 50 community members participated in the second workshop for The Alameda Urban Village. The workshop was held at the Hoover Community Center located at 1677 Park Avenue. The workshop began with a presentation given by planning staff on what an Urban Village is, a recap on the outcome of Workshop #1, and an introduction to topics of discussion for Workshop #2. Participants then broke into groups where additional information for comment was presented on Land Use, Parks, Public Art, Building Preservation, and Urban Design Framework (building typologies, form, height and setbacks). 

Thank you to all who attended the second The Alameda Urban Village workshop. If you were unable to attend please review the workshop materials below:

  • Agenda
  • Presentation (Please note that this is a large file and will take a few moments to open) 
  • Urban Design Boards from the Break Out Group. The conceptual images on these boards were used to inform urban design guidelines that will apply to the entire Urban Village area. (Please note that these are large files and will take a few moments to open) 
- Study Site #1 Race Street
- Study Site #2 W. Julian Street
- Study Site #3 Cleaves Avenue

Workshop #3
On October 22, 2015, planning staff presented and took comments during the community Open House for The Alameda Urban Village Plan. The meeting was held at Westminster Church on Shasta Avenue. More than 60 people attended. The Plan was well received by the community, neighborhood representatives, business owners and the developers. The Urban Village Plan was built upon community input received at the workshops held in October 2012 and January 2014 and will help shape the future of The Alameda. This Plan is anticipated to be presented to the San Jose City Council by December 2016.

To join our mailing list for information on upcoming workshops please e-mail the Project Manager, Leila Hakimizadeh, AICP by email  or by phone 408-535-7818.