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Alum Rock Avenue Rezoning
On October 22, 2013 the City Council approved the Alum Rock Rezoning by applying the MS-G Main Street Ground Floor Commercial and the MS-C Main Street Commercial Zoning Districts to the area of the Alum Rock NBD area between King Road and Highway 680. With the adoption of the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan in November of 2011, the Alum Rock NBD area was incorporated as an Urban Village and given the Urban Village land use designation. Urban Villages are one of the General Plan’s 12 Major Strategies and one of the identified growth areas of the City where new jobs and housing growth can occur.

Urban Village Boundary

The subject Rezoning / Urban Village area is located within the portion of the Alum Rock Neighborhood Business District (NBD) between King Road and Highway 680, of which a majority of the properties front onto Alum Rock Avenue. This area is developed with a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial uses and is bordered to the north and south by residential neighborhoods comprised of single-family detached residences and two-story apartment buildings.

View a map of the Alum Rock Rezoning / Urban Village boundary.

Main Street Street Zoning Districts

The MS-G Main Street Ground Floor Commercial District and the MS-C Main Street Commercial District are subject to the same development regulations including setbacks, height, parking, and storefront design requirements. The difference between the two Districts revolves around their provisions for residential use. The MS-G District requires commercial at the ground level along commercial street frontages, but allows residential uses above the ground floor, at the back of the site and along Residential Street Frontages. The MS-C District allows a broad array of commercial uses, but allows residential uses only in a vertical mixed-use configuration and only under a single development permit covering a site of eight (8) acres or more in size.

The MS-G District is applied to a majority of the rezoning area while the MS-C District is applied to the existing industrial area on the north side of Alum Rock Avenue in the vicinity of Sunset Avenue. For further reference, see the proposed Main Street Zoning Districts Map.
The Planning Process

Community Meetings

On Thursday, August 08, 2013, a community meeting was held for the subject rezoning at the at the Dr. Roberto Cruz - Alum Rock Branch Library, at which approximately 21 community members were in attendance. The slide presentation given to the community at this meeting can be viewed here.  

In addition to the aforementioned community meeting, four community meetings were held for community members and property owners prior to the City Council adding the Main Street Zoning Districts to the Zoning Ordinance in November 2010. These community meetings were held on February 27, 2008, April 27, 2009, November 8, 2010, and November 15, 2010.

Public Hearings

The Alum Rock Rezoning was heard by the Planning Commission at their public hearing on September 11, 2013. The Planning Commission made a recommendation to the City Council who approved the Alum Rock Rezoning at their public hearing on October 22, 2013.