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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 West San Carlos Urban Village consists of three community workshops. All neighborhood residents, property owners, business owners, and other interested individuals are invited to attend, participate, and provide input on the formulation of the Urban Village plan. If you have any questions or comments about the West San Carlos Urban Village process, please contact Project Manger, Lesley Xavier by e-mail:  .

Draft Plan Document

The draft plan document is being posted for public review as it is completed. Please click the link below to see the most recent Draft Plan. Chapter 7, the Planning Implementation and Financing portion of the Plan is forthcoming and will be added to the plan once complete. Then, the final draft Plan will be brought before Planning Commission and City Council for final approval. Please contact Project Manager Leila Hakimizadeh (contact info above) with any comments or questions you have regarding the draft plan chapters.

West San Carlos Draft Plan

Workshop #1
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.

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

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. Although the meeting was held in Spanish, 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 were in attendance at 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.  

The presenters on hand included several city staff from the Department of Planning, BuildingWSC Workshop Matt, 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.

Thank you to all who participated in the West San Carlos Urban Village workshop. Below are the materials distributed or presented at Workshop #2 along with a summary of the public comments collected at the meeting.

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. Click the link below for a summary of these responses.

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.