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West San Carlos StreetThe West San Carlos street corridor is located in western San Jose running between Highway 880/17 and Downtown San Jose. Having been developed as a major suburban car-oriented arterial roadway in the 1950s and 1960s, West San Carlos Street acts a prime connecting route to Downtown San Jose. Many of the low intensity car-oriented land uses and mid-century modern architectural elements still exist and are now becoming intermixed with more current developments that have started to redefine the area. 

Please note: The Urban Village Plans are policy documents which provide guidance for future development and investment within the Village boundaries, like future housing and job growth. These Plans are not development proposals and adoption of these Plans will not directly result in any physical development (demolition or construction) in the area. If and when a private property owner wishes to redevelop their land, they will be required to comply with the applicable Urban Village Plan, as well as the City’s permitting process.

Next Steps

Public Hearings
The Planning Commission and City Council public hearings are rescheduled as follows: 

When:
• Planning Commission: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
• City Council: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

**The hearing notice for these hearings is posted and notices will be mailed out shortly.**

Where: Both hearings will be held at the San José City Hall Council Chambers (200 East Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95113)

Comments: If you have comments on the Draft Plan, please email me directly, and your comments will be considered and included in the public record. You may also email me any questions you may have about the Plan.


Draft Plan Documents
At this time, staff is accepting public comment on the draft Village Plan (links below). Please email any comments or concerns to the Planning Project Manager, Jennifer Piozet, at: .  



The Planning Process
The outreach process consisted of background research as well as three community planning workshops specifically focused on the West San Carlos Urban Village. 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. 


Former Draft Plan Document

This is a link to the West San Carlos draft plan as of 2014. For the most up-to-date Plan document, please see the Draft Plan Documents section above. 


Workshop #1
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On October 29th, 2012, over 40 community members participated in the first West San Carlos 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 West San Carlos Urban Village. The final task for participants was to use Lego to construct where they thought new development should be planned.

Workshop #1 Meeting Materials


Spanish Workshop
On November 28th, 2012, a group of Spanish speaking individuals from the West San Carlos neighborhood participated in a Spanish language Urban Village workshop. Meeting participants were primarily neighborhood residents; however, there were also individuals involved in the development industry also in attendance. The meeting was held in Spanish and simultaneous English translation was also provided. 

The workshop followed the same format as the English workshop.  

View a summary of the Spanish Urban Village workshop.

Workshop #2
On September 23, 2013, approximately 90 community members attended the Sherman Oaks Community Center for the second West San Carlos Urban Village community workshop. The second workshop utilized the community feedback from previous workshop and meetings with community stakeholders to present the latest direction and vision for the West San Carlos Urban Village Plan.  

WSC Workshop MattThe presenters on hand included several city staff from the Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement, Department of Transportation, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services, Office of Cultural Affairs, and representatives from MIG, the urban design consulting firm hired by the City to assist with the planning process. The presentation started by providing participants with an update of the Urban Village process, overview of the study area, visions for the Urban Village, and brief discussions on the key topics that would be covered in more depth in the breakout sessions. After the introductory presentation, participants were broken up into two groups and assigned to a breakout session room. The breakout sessions were conducted in a question and answer discussion format on the key topics. One group covered Land Use, Urban Design, Parks and Open Space, and Public Art; while the other group covered Streetscape and Circulation within the Urban Village. The attendees switched groups part way through the workshop so that each participant had the opportunity to cover all of the key issues. To close the workshop, participants reconvened to summarize the feedback from both groups.

Workshop #2 Meeting Materials

Online Survey
Over the course of approximately three weeks in September and October, 2013, community members were able to take part in an online survey regarding their preferences for Urban Village areas. This survey covered both the West San Carlos and South Bascom Urban Villages and had tremendous participation with over 250 responses. See the Online Survey Summary


Workshop #3
The third and final West San Carlos Urban Village community workshop was held on Monday, February 3, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sherman Oaks Community Center and was attended by approximately 90 community members. The meeting was largely held in an open house format where community members were able to view the final draft concepts of the Plan and speak directly with City Staff. Please go to the top of the page for links to the final draft Plan chapters for review.  

 
Background Information 
The following documents and existing planning studies have been compiled, consulted, and incorporated into the Urban Village planning process:

Complete Streets Audit and Community Engagement: West San Carlos and South Bascom Avenue Corridors, San Jose: A study conducted by Graduate Urban Planning Students at San Jose State University's Urban and Regional Planning Department on behalf of Greenbelt Alliance.

West San Carlos Opportunities and Constraints Report: An document that analyzes existing conditions in the Urban Village prepared by staff as part of the Urban Village planning process.

West San Carlos Street Bascom Avenue Economic Development Strategy: Prepared for the City of San Jose Redevelopment Agency in 2003.