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New Community Meeting

To present information and to hear comments/feedback about the tentatively proposed Vineyard Initiative.  See below under "Additional Documents" for more information.

Time & Location
TBD, tentatively scheduled in early August

Site Location

The Communications Hill project site is generally located south of Downtown San José on the prominent hillside area between Highway 87 and Monterey Road, northerly of Hillsdale Avenue and southeasterly of Curtner Avenue in City Council District 7. 
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Introduction

The City of San José has approved the Communications Hill Specific Plan (CHSP) as a dense, highly urbanized pedestrian-oriented residential neighborhood with industrial park uses.  The proposed Communications Hill project has been designed in accordance with the parameters outlined in the Specific Plan and includes parks/playfields, open space, infrastructure, and neighborhood-serving commercial uses.  Consistency with the Envision San José 2040 General Plan and the Specific Plan are also project objectives. 

The current proposed project is the development of approximately 2,200 residential units of varying densities and types, up to 67,500 square feet of commercial/retail uses, 1.44 million square feet of industrial park uses, parks, open space, trails, streets, stormwater facilities, and other supporting infrastructure.  A school is also envisioned within the project development, but its construction is not included in the proposed project.  

The Communications Hill project has been broken into four different phases of development and explained further below. 


Development History of Communications Hill

Since 1984, the City of San José's General Plan has recognized Communications Hill as a valuable and unique opportunity to create a sizable, mixed-use urban neighborhood with commanding views in proximity to downtown, freeways, light rail, and Caltrain.  In 1992, the City Council approved the Communications Hill Specific Plan on about 500 acres.

Of the roughly 4,700 residential units envisioned for the CHSP, approximately 2,500 units have been constructed, along with public infrastructure including portions of Communications Hill Boulevard, various storm and sanitary upgrades, a fire station, and various parks and trails.  The currently proposed Communications Hill Project proposes to construct the remaining 2,200 residential units in the Specific Plan, as well as develop 67,500 square feet of commercial and 1.44 million square feet of industrial park uses.

Nearly 22 years after its original conceptual design, the urban neighborhood outlined in the CHSP is still relevant.  The proposed project, designed to meet the goals of the 2040 General Plan, promotes smart infill growth, and complements the surrounding developments that have occurred since the plan was written, fulfilling the vision of the CHSP.


Communications Hill Applications

 Application Title & Phase  Description Planning Status  Construction Status
The General Plan Amendment and Communications Hill Specific Plan (CHSP) Text Amendments
File No. GP/GPT13-002 and the CHSP Area Development Policy were approved by the Council on September 30, 2014 as part of the 2014 Annual Review (see Resolution No. 77173).
Completed n/a
Planned Development Zoning
File No. PDC13-009 was approved by the City Council on October 21, 2014 (Agenda Item 11.2) by Ordinance No. 29503. 
Completed n/a
Annexation
Communications Hill No. 1, was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2014. The annexation was initiated on September 30, 2014 by Council Resolution No. 77170.
Completed n/a
Master Planned Development Permit & Master Tentative Map

File Number PD14-035 & File No. PT14-030

Submittal Date: July 16, 2014
Approved by Director of Planning: January 14, 2015
Completed Ongoing
Phase 1 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map
314 residential units - File No. PDA14-035-01 & File No. PT14-034

Submittal Date: August 21, 2014

Approved by Director of Planning: March 18, 2015

Completed Ongoing
Phase 2 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map
648 residential units - File No. PDA14-035-03 & File No. PT15-055

Submittal Date: October 2, 2015

Approved by Director of Planning: March 16, 2016

Completed Ongoing
Phase 2 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map
486 residential units - File No. PDA14-035-04 & File No. PT17-020

Submittal Date: March 30, 2017
Approved by Director of Planning: TBD
Under review Upcoming
Phase 3 Planned Development Permit 
Village Center: 490 residential units, 15,000-square feet of commercial space, 31,600-square feet of amenity space - File No. PDA14-035-05

Submittal Date: April 10, 2017
Approved by Director of Planning: TBD
Under review Upcoming
Phase 3 Planned Development Permit  Anticipated Not started Not started
Phase 4 Planned Development Permit  Anticipated Not started  Not started


Communications Hill Project Environmental Documents

The Final Subsequent EIR was certified by the City Council on September 30, 2014 with the adoption of Resolution No. 77172. 

Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Communications Hill Specific Plan:

CHSP Final EIR Vol. ICHSP Final EIR Vol. II
Supplemental EIR Vol. I-IISupplemental EIR Appendices A-E

Past Public Outreach/Meetings

Planned Development Permit Amendment Phase 2 and Phase 3 Meeting: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017. Fire Station #33, 2933 St. Florian Way, San Jose, CA 95136
Community Meeting Slide Show

Parks Facilities Plan Community Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  Fire Station #33, 2933 St. Florian Way, San Jose, CA 95136
Community Meeting: Thursday, August 28, 2014  Community Meeting Slide Show
Community Meeting and SEIR* Scoping Meeting: Monday, June 10, 2013
SEIR* Scoping Meeting: Monday, June 17, 2013

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Subsequent EIR, General Plan amendment, Area Development Policy and Planned Development project on September 10, 2014.  Planning Commission Staff Report  


Additional Documents

Conceptual Photo Simulations

Exhibits

Vineyard Initiative 


Planning Staff Contact

Name / Title: Ned Thomas, Division Manager
E-mail:
Phone: (408) 793-5302

Name / Title: Stefanie Farmer, Project Manager
E-mail: stefanie.farmer@sanjoseca.gov
Phone: (408) 535-3861

Owner & Applicant Information

Property Owner: MTA Properties LP
Applicant: KB Home South Bay Inc.

More Information can be found at Online Permits.