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Urban Village Plans Under Development
East Santa Clara Street
East Santa Clara Street
The City of San Jose Planning Division is currently working with the community to draft a Plan for the East Santa Clara Street Urban Village. This Urban Village Plan is focused on meeting future jobs and housing needs of the City while also improving public spaces like streets, sidewalks, and parks. The Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan anticipates 850 new residential units and 178,500 square feet of new commercial space in this Urban Village. Creating a Plan that allows this area to meet these goals will help bring more vibrancy to the area and bring m
ore people closer to desirable amenities and jobs.
of the East Santa Clara Street Urban Villages boundaries.
If you have questions or comments about the
East Santa Clara Street Urban Village, please contact:
Jennifer Piozet, Project Manager
San Jose State University (SJSU) Student Work
The following document represents the culmination of work conducted by San José State University Masters degree candidates in the Urban and Regional Planning Department in the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters. This assessment of the corridor encapsulates existing conditions and includes ideas for future redevelopment and economic revitalization.
East Santa Clara Street Corridor - Assessment Community Engagement and Improvement Recommendations (2010)
In fall 2014 and spring 2015, San Jose State University Urban Planning students embarked on a detailed, asset-based assessment of the neighborhood to assist the city’s Planning Division with the first stage of the urban village master planning process.
The following document represents the culmination
of work conducted by the students.
Urban Village Planning - East Santa Clara Street Assessment (2015)
The purpose of this report is to provide a listing of buildings within the East Santa Clara Street Urban Village study area that are either candidates for inclusion or removal from the City of San José’s Historic Resources Inventory.
Historic Resources Inventory Report
The Planning Process
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 main portion of community outreach for the East Santa Clara Street Urban Village consists of three community workshops in which 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.
This outreach process also consists of a team of artists skilled in finding creative ways to further engage the community and create ownership in the neighborhood and in the Plan. Their work is detailed below in the "Our Lives in this Place" section.
Further, we also invited all individuals to provide feedback via the web through the Trimble Feedback Tool. You can read what participants have said by following the link provided at the bottom of this page in the Online Feedback section.
Our Lives in This Place Kiosk
The City of San Jose's artist team (Robin Lasser, Trena Noval, and Genevieve Hastings) created a kiosk that moved around the East Santa Clara neighborhood engaging the community and receiving feedback on the East Santa Clara Urban Village.
Our Lives in This Place
was written on the kiosk, which featured a series of 28 postcards featuring portraits and quotes from your neighbors and invited others to contribute their vision of a future East Santa Clara Urban Village.
A few examples of these postcards are found below.
Thank you to all of those who participated and made this a successful, new way of engaging the community and receiving helpful feedback!
Community Meeting #1
The first East Santa Clara Community Meeting was held in November, 2014, in the form of two identical community meetings on different days in order provide more flexibility for those wishing to attend and in anticipation of a larger turnout than community rooms could allow.
The first meeting began with opening remarks from City and County officials, a video prepared by CommUniverCity's SJSU students, and an overview PowerPoint presentation of the Urban Village strategy by City Planning Staff. View this PowerPoint below:
Community Meeting #1 PowerPoint Presentation
Following this introduction to the process, a team of artists led an outreach exercise and then CommUniverCity's SJSU student facilitators and City Planning Staff steered an hour-long group activity that allowed attendees to share all of their thoughts on the East Santa Clara area and what it should look like in the future given anticipated growth.
Extensive notes were taken on what was heard from the community at the meeting. These notes have been compiled into a meeting summary which can be read by clicking on the link below:
Community Meeting #1 Summary
As you can see from the summary, there was incredible community participation at the first community meeting. Thank you for attending and sharing your thoughts!
Community Meeting #2
The second East Santa Clara Community Meetings were held April 7th and April 11th, 2015, and were attended by approximately 120 community members. The community meetings were identical and held on different days in order provide more flexibility for those wishing to attend and in anticipation of a larger turnout than community rooms could allow.
Community Meeting #2 began with opening remarks from City and County officials, followed by a video prepared by CommUniverCity's SJSU students, and then an update by the Public Artist Team on their outreach activities. Following these items was a presentation by City Planning Staff giving an overview of the Urban Village strategy and then an introduction to the Draft Land Use Plan.
The Land Use Plan is a key component of the East Santa Clara Urban Village Plan. The Land Use Plan describes what uses will be allowed in each of the parcels in the Urban Village area and to which heights and densities those uses could potentially be built.
Following this presentation, attendees at the community meeting broke out into an hour-long smaller group session for everyone to discuss and comment on allowed land uses, heights, and densities in the East Santa Clara Urban Village. A great deal of feedback was received and comments and are summarized in the document link below:
Community Meeting #2 Summary
To view the materials presented at East Santa Clara Urban Village Community Meeting #2, p
lease click the links below:
Community Meeting #2 PowerPoint Presentation
Draft Land Use Plan
Draft Height Diagram
Draft Streetscape Design Concept
Bear in mind these materials are in draft form and the City is still seeking comment on them. Please comment on these draft plans through Planning's online feedback system (below) or by contacting Project Manager
Jennifer Piozet by email:
or by phone: 408-535-7894. Thanks!
Online Feedback with Trimble Technologies
The Trimble Feedback Tool is a simple way for you to share what is important to you in your community as it relates to the creation of a new Urban Village Plan. What do you like about your neighborhood? What do you dislike? What would you like to see changed? What ideas would you like to share with Planning regarding the future development of this area? What does your East Santa Clara Street Urban Village look like? View the map below to see what your neighbors have said. Follow the link below the map to add your own comments to the map!
To provide your own comments, go to the
page. Thank you!
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