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Public Review Draft ND: Bridge Housing Communities Project

Post Date:11/09/2018

Public Notice
Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration
City of San José, California

Project Name: Bridge Housing Communities Project

File No.: PP18-081

Description: A State of California legislative initiated program to adopt by ordinance reasonable local standards for the design, site development, and operation of emergency Bridge Housing Communities (BHC) and the structures and facilities therein, to the extent that it is determined at the time of adoption that strict compliance with State and local standards or laws in existence at the time of that adoption would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of the shelter crisis. In addition, by State law, BHC sites are not required to be consistent with the City’s land use regulations (i.e., General Plan and zoning designations). AB 2176 sunsets on January 1, 2022.

The City proposes to adopt a new ordinance for BHC (BHC Ordinance). The proposed project is the BHC Ordinance and two potential BHC sites. The conditions and mitigation measures that are typically used to mitigate environmental impacts to a less than significant impact are included in the Conditions and Provisions of the BHC Ordinance.

Location: Citywide, San José; BHC sites at (1) Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Staging Site, located across from the San José Flea Market on Mabury Road, and (2) Felipe Site, located at the southwest quadrant of the I-280/I-680/HW 101 interchange

Applicant Contact Information: Director of Housing, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San José, (408) 535-3860

The City has performed environmental review on the project. Environmental review examines the nature and extent of any adverse effects on the environment that could occur if a project is approved and implemented. Based on the review, the City has prepared a draft Negative Declaration (ND) for this project. An ND is a statement by the City that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment if protective measures are included in the project.

The public is welcome to review and comment on the draft Negative Declaration. The public comment period for this draft Negative Declaration begins on November 9, 2018, and ends on December 8, 2018.

The draft Negative Declaration, initial study, and reference documents are available online at: . The documents are also available for review from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the City of San Jose Department of Planning, Building & Code Enforcement, located at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street; and at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Main Library, located at 150 E. San Fernando Street.

For additional information, please contact Reema Mahamood at (408) 535-6872, or by e-mail at

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