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PARK IMPACT AND PARKLAND DEDICATION ORDINANCES
The Park Impact Ordinance (SJMC 14.25 PIO) and the Parkland Dedication Ordinance (SJMC 19.38 - PDO) help meet the need for providing or improving recreational facilities (i.e. parks, trails, community centers) by requiring new residential projects to:
- Provide at least three acres of parkland for each 1,000 new residents added by the housing development;
- Make a payment of a park impact in-lieu fee equal to the value of the required land dedication;
- Complete improvements to existing recreational facilities or construct new facilities; o
- By providing a negotiated agreement for a combination of these options.
An executed Parkland Agreement that outlines how a project will comply with the PIO/PDO is required prior to the issuance of a Parcel Map or a Final Subdivision Map. Payment of park impact fees is required prior to the issuance of a new construction Building Permit.
Applicants are encouraged to meet with PRNS Planning staff as soon as possible to develop a program to complete the
For more information, contact Zak Mendez at (408) 793-4171 or Zacharias.Mendez@sanjoseca.gov.
PIO/PDO FEES AND CREDITS
Park Impact In-Lieu fees effective March 1, 2018
Any projects that: (1) have not fully paid parkland fees before March 1, 2018; or (2) have not entered a fully executed parkland or turnkey parkland agreement before March 1, 2018, are subject to the current Schedule of Parkland Fees set forth in Exhibit A of Resolution #78474 (adopted 12/19/2017).
NEW! Downtown Core High-Rise Fee Category
On December 19, 2017, the City Council adopted a new permanent Downtown Core High-Rise Fee Category (Resolution no. 78474) for projects that are 12-stories (or more) located in the Downtown Core.
Projects that are participating in the current Downtown High Rise Incentive Program, or that may opt out of the program, do not qualify for this fee rate. Projects that qualify for this high-rise fee rate can apply for private recreation and affordable housing credits.
Private Recreation Credits
Projects subject to the PIO/PDO can apply for Private Recreation Credits to receive up to 50% credit towards the required parkland obligation by providing a variety of public and private residential on-site amenities as part of the project. This includes children play lots, picnic areas, hard game courts, turf playing fields, publicly accessible plazas and gardens, pet yards, swimming pools, community and recreational rooms.
Affordable Housing Credit
Deed restricted residential units that meet the City’s affordable housing guidelines qualify for a 50% credit towards park impact fees.
Downtown High-Rise Incentive Program
The City Council voted to approve a Downtown High-Rise Incentive Program on December 13, 2016 to encourage additional residential development in the downtown area. The program includes reduced parkland impact fees and some suspended building and structure construction taxes for qualifying residential projects. A project must be at least twelve stories tall and be in the Downtown Core to qualify and if:
- The first Building Permit is secured prior to July 1, 2018
- The Certificate of Occupancy is issued by December 31, 2020
- The developer of the project retains contractors licensed by the State of California
- The developer of the project employs only construction workers who possess necessary licenses and certifications required by the State of California
The parkland fees are due and payable to the City prior to scheduling the first residential occupancy inspection for 80% of the residential units.
Projects that qualify for this program do not qualify for Private Recreation or Affordable Housing credits. The program automatically expires on December 31, 2020. This program is not applicable towards and does not retroactively apply to any parkland agreements or parkland obligations that were entered or satisfied prior to the effective date of the adopted resolution for the program.
Parks and Community Facilities Development Capital Improvement Program Status Report
The Parks and Community Facilities Development Capital Improvement Program (abbreviated P&CFD CIP) is a five-year program that supports planning, rehabilitation, and construction of new parks, trails, community centers, and a wide range of recreational facilities.
Funding sources include the Construction and Conveyance Tax Fund, Park Trust Fund, miscellaneous grants and the year 2000 Measure P Bond. This annual report reviews the P&CFD CIP, including various funding sources dedicated to parks purposes, significant projects and strategic planning efforts.
The key themes that are anticipated to influence the P&CFD CIP moving forward are currently being evaluated as the City updates the Greenprint study, the 20-year strategic plan that guides the expansion of park and recreation opportunities to fit with the adopted Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan and other relevant policy documents.
The following information has more details:
- 2018-2019 Mitigation Fee Act Report
- 2017-2018 Mitigation Fee Act Report
- FY 2016-2017 Status Report on CIP Program
- 2018-2019 Annual Report
- 2017-2018 Annual Report
- 2016-2017 Annual Report
- 2015-2016 Annual Report
- 2014-2015 Annual Report
- 2013-2014 Annual Report
- 2012-2013 Annual Report
- 2011-2012 Annual Report
- 2010-2011 Annual Report
- 2009-2010 Annual Report
- 2008-2009 Annual Report
- 2007-2008 Annual Report
- 2006-2007 Annual Report
- 2005-2006 Annual Report
- 2004-2005 Annual Report
- 2003-2004 Annual Report
- Award Winning Projects and Special Designations
- Trail Network Status Report (April 2020)
- Trail Network Database (Download from September, 2017)
Historical Status (per Fiscal year)
- 2018-2019 Trail Program Database
- 2017-2018 Trail Program Database
- 2016-2017 Trail Program Database
- 2015-2016 Trail Program Database
- 2014-2015 Trail Program Database
- 2013-2014 Trail Program Database
- 2012-2013 Trail Program Database
- 2011-2012 Trail Program Database
- 2010-2011 Trail Program Database
- 2009-2010 Trail Program Database
- 2008-2009 Trail Program Database
- 2007-2008 Trail Program Database
- Climate Ready Study - Fact Sheet - Study to determine potential of trails in Silicon Valley to reduce greenhouse gas through better access to bike and transit options
- Climate Ready Study - Full Report - Data, analysis and findings
- Strategic Plan - Comprehensive plan for funding, staff and development of Trail Network
- Countywide Trails Prioritization and Gaps Analysis - Regional gap analysis
- Silicon Valley Bike Plan
- The Economic Benefits of the Park & Recreation System in San José Study
- The Economic Benefits of the Park & Recreation System in San José Fact Sheet
- Blossom Crest Trail - Feasibility Study
- BIKEWeb San José Bikeways Map: Existing & planned on-street and off-street bikeways
- By the Numbers: Overview of surveys and research
- General Impacts - Transportation, Economic, Public Safety, Exercise-Recreation
- Benchmarking - How does San José compare to other trail cities
- Trail Types - Definition of San Jose core & edge trails, and the varying types
- Development Process - The six major steps to developing a San Jose Trail
- Economic Benefits
- Emergency Response
- Trail Design
- Visitor Guide (Updated)
- Bay Area Ridge Trail Briefing Book (New)
- Resolving major site challenges: SKY Lane Trail Vision Study
- Project development in a constrained site: Airport Parkway Trail Challenges
- Making a positive impact: Albertson Parkway Positive Challenges
- Using innovative and cost saving approaches: Highway 237 Bikeway Innovative Approaches
- Trail Planning & Design Toolkit (New)
- Trail Signage & Mileage Markers (Version December 2017)
- Mileage Markers Frequently Asked Questions
- Uniform Trail Design Guidelines (County Document)
- Trail Design Guidelines (County Document)
- North San Jose Ramp Study (Guidelines) (New)
- Trail Sign Guidelines (County Document)
- SF Bay Trail Guidelines & Toolkit (San Francisco Bay Trail Document, 11MB)
- Recycled Asphalt (Study and Recommendations)
- Reflective Striping (Specifications)
- Bollard Rendering, Detail Sheet & Surface Plate
- San Jose Plants (Preferred landscape plants for parks and trails at non-mitigation sites)
- Trail Watch (Volunteer-based monitoring and reporting program)
- Pedestrian Bridges (Process for inspecting pedestrian bridges)
Planning Guidance - Inventory of Future Projects
- Envision 2040 San Jose - General Plan (see Chapters 4 and 6 for trail discussion)
Policies & Procedures
- OPDMD Policy (Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices)
- Trail Closure Process for Temporary Closures and Detours
Determine how much carbon dioxide can be removed via landscaped trail: Carbon Dioxide Calculator.