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Google, Inc. (Google) submitted an application on October 10, 2019 to the Planning Division for a Mixed Use Development Proposal under the project name "Downtown West." This webpage provides information on the proposal and review process.

Plan Set and Project Description

The plan set is a 15MB PDF file.

Project Description  

The Diridon Station Area Plan (DSAP) adopted by the City of San José in 2014 establishes a long-term goal of creating a vibrant mixed-use urban destination adjacent to a new intermodal transit station to support the City's growth policies. While acknowledging the fundamental importance of transit infrastructure, the DSAP emphasizes the importance of experiential qualities that would enhance both the local area as well as broader San José by creating:

  • A local and regional destination.
  • A lively public realm that fosters walking, biking, and transit integrated with a variety of public spaces.
  • Distinctive architecture and civic spaces that reflect Silicon Valley’s spirit of innovation and San José’s rich history; and
  • A strong sense of place as an identifier for San José as the center of Silicon Valley, the capital of the technology world.

This application for the redevelopment of approximately 80 acres of the DSAP area’s 250 acres seeks to build upon and implement the DSAP vision, while recognizing evolving realities and aspirations since its original adoption in 2014.

The Downtown West Mixed-use Project proposes the construction of approximately:

  • 6,500,000 to 7,300,000 gross square feet (GSF) of office space, including approximately 1,000,000 GSF on the previously entitled San Jose Water Company Building site east of Los Gatos Creek;
  • 3,000 to 5,900 units of new housing; 
  • 300,000 to 500,000 GSF of active uses, which may include retail, cultural, arts, etc.; and
  • 100,000 GSF of event space, hotel use (up to 300 rooms), and limited-term corporate accommodations (up to 800 rooms).

Additionally the proposal includes infrastructure, utilities, and 
public space. 

The application describes the location and distribution of the above-proposed land uses, the components and arrangement of the conceptual framework that organizes them, and the utility and mobility infrastructure that enables and serves them.

Review Process

The timeline below, or view a larger timeline, depicts the City's estimated schedule for the project review. As dates for various commitee/commision review of the project are determined, they will be added to the timeline.

Google Project Timeline

City Staff Review Period - Google’s submittal on October 10, 2019 commenced a City staff review period that extends through the posting of the Staff Report to the Planning Commission, anticipated for Fall 2020. City staff across multiple departments as well as various City committees and commissions will review the proposed project for adherence to the policies and objectives of Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan and other City policies. 

Environmental Review Phase - The Planning Division environmental team will review Google’s proposal to ensure compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Environmental review begins with a Notice of Preparation and a public Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to capture any public concerns that are in the purview of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. These concerns will be reflected in the Draft EIR. Comments on the Draft EIR will then be reflected in the Final EIR.

All documents related to the Google Project EIR are listed on the Downtown West Mixed Use Development webpage under the Planning Division's Active EIRs webpage
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Public Hearings & Decision-Making – City staff will report their findings, including comments from a range of agencies, commissions, and committees, to the Planning Commission and the City Council prior to hearings by those decision-making bodies. The staff reports post seven days prior to the hearings. Notifications of public meetings and hearings are sent at least 10 days prior to the meetings/hearings.


Meetings & Public Engagement
Attending a meeting? Take the bus to City Hall; find your route at www.vta.org. We also provide validated parking for the garage under City Hall Tower, entrance on 6th St.

As dates and logistics are determined for public meetings associated with the City's review process, staff will post the meeting information below. 

Historic Landmarks Commission/Early Referral Meeting
Wednesday, November 6, 2019  6:30 p.m.
San Jose City Hall, Wing Rooms 118 - 120
200 E. Santa Clara St. San Jose

It is a City policy to enable the Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) to have an early review of the historic resources in the area of a proposed development. This both helps protect historic resources and informs the scope of the environmental impact report. A staff memo for HLC consideration will post at least seven days prior to the meeting at the HLC agenda webpage. The HLC discussion will focus on historic resources in the area.

Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2019  7:00 p.m.
San Jose City Hall, Wing Rooms 118 - 120
200 E. Santa Clara St. San Jose

Development Application Community Meeting
Thursday, December 5, 2019  5:30 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 225
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose


More Information

Learn more about the project and engagement opportunities at these websites:



Contacts

City Project Managers
James Han, Planner:  or 408-535-7843    
John Tu, Supervising Planner:  j or 408-535-6818

Environmental Review Staff
Shannon Hill, Planner:  or 408-535-7872    
David Keyon, Principal Planner:  or 408-535-7898

Media Inquiries
Cheryl Wessling, Communications Manager, Dept. of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement
or 408-535-6817