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Signature Projects

Any market-rate residential development proposed in an urban village area prior to the adoption of the urban village plan must conform to the General Plan Signature Project requirements. A Signature Project serves as a catalyst promoting the development of the entire urban village area.

These criteria broadly include:

  1. an Urban Village, residential, or commercial General Plan land use designation;
  2. more than its fair share of job-producing uses and housing density at 55 dwelling units per acre or higher;
  3. a visible, prominent location;
  4. publicly-accessible open space;
  5. pedestrian-friendly design;
  6. substantial community input;
  7. high-quality architecture, landscape, and site design; and
  8. recommendations from City’s Urban Design Review process or equivalent.

Four signature projects have been approved to date: Sparta Housing, The Orchard, Volar, AvalonBay West Valley, Stevens Creek Promenade (Fortbay) and Bascom Gateway Station (Dick's Center).

Currently pending signature projects include: Cambrian Park Plaza.

AvalonBay Signature ProjectAvalonBay Signature Project (Approved)

The AvalonBay Signature Project includes four publicly-accessible plazas totally 10,000 square feet.

Orchard Signature Project

The Orchard Signature Project (Approved)
The Orchard Signature Project provided a turn-key public park as part of this project, in order to satisfy the publicly-accessible open space requirement.

Bascom Gateway Station Signature Project

Bascom Gateway Station Signature Project (Approved)
The Bascom Gateway Station Signature Project provides a direct, visually engaging publicly-accessible plaza to the light rail station.



Stevens Creek Promenade (Fortbay) Signature Project (Approved)
The Stevens Creek Promenade (Fortbay) Signature Project provided approximately 1.3 acres of publicly-accessible open space/plaza to satisfy one of the signature project requirements.
Sparta Signature Project
Sparta Signature Project (Approved)
The Sparta Signature Project features a publicly-accessible plaza at the corner of two major streets.


Cambrian Park Plaza Signature Project (Pending)
The Cambrian Park Plaza Signature Project features 1.6-acre publicly-accessible plaza.