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The City of San José has developed several policy documents in order to guide, along with the Envision San José 2040 General Plan, the ongoing growth and development of the North San José area as an important employment center for San José. These policies include the North San José Area Development Policy, the North San José Traffic Impact Fee, the North San Jose Area Design Guidelines, and the North San José Neighborhoods guiding principles. Urban design guidelines and a neighborhood plan are intended to provide further policy and implementation strategy to advance the city’s vision for North San José.

These policies address the North San José area north and west of Interstate 880 and south of State Route 237. This primarily industrial area is home to many of the city’s high-tech companies and is a very important employment center for the city. The city’s goal is to provide for more development in North San José through a set of policies that benefit both the employers who call North San José home and the residents of San José as a whole.

The policy provides considerable flexibility for the growth of North San José as an employment center through a pool of 26.7 million square feet industrial development capacity that can be allocated to specific properties within the policy area. Of this 26.7 million square feet, 16 million is specifically allocated to a core area located along the North First Street corridor, between Trimble Road and Montague Expressway. While the policy supports the intensification of the entire North San José area, particular emphasis is made upon fostering the growth of a corporate center with the core area. The policy also supports the conversion of specific sites from industrial use to high-density residential use, based upon specific criteria compatible with industrial activity, allowing for the development of up to 32,000 new residential units. Retail capacity for up to 1.7 million square feet of local serving retail uses is provided within the policy to support the area’s new job and housing growth. The policy also identifies necessary transportation improvements to support new development and establishes an equitable funding mechanism for new development to share the cost of those improvements.

Key Goals
Vision North San José is a long-range planning effort, addressing future potential growth and development needs. The key goals for the effort are to:
  • Proactively plan for growth to allow more industrial development in a way that benefits current San José residents.
  • Allow up to an additional 27 million square feet of research and development and office space in North San José.
  • Bring up to 83,000 new jobs to San José, providing additional job opportunities for San José residents.
  • Concentrate up to 16 million square feet of the new research and development and office space in a 600 acre Urban Corporate Center core area along the North First Street light rail corridor, between Brokaw Road and Montague Expressway.
  • Develop an average 1.2 floor area ratio in the core area with typical buildings of six to 10 stories.
  • Focus on high-tech and corporate headquarters development.
  • Create a rich pedestrian environment within the core area to encourage use of the transit system.
  • Generate approximately $520 million in funding for the construction of local and regional transportation improvements.
  • Provide new high-density residential development (up to 32,000 units) in close proximity to employment centers

Contact
If you have any questions regarding the Vision North San José policy documents, please contact Division Manager, Jason Rogers at (408) 793-5543.