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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: AvalonBay West Valley, The Orchard, Bascom Gateway Station (Dick's Center), Stevens Creek Promenade (Fortbay), Sparta Housing, and Volar.

Approved Signature Projects: 

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

AvalonBay Signature Project

The Orchard Signature Project
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.

Orchard Signature Project

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

Bascom Gateway Station Signature Project

Stevens Creek Promenade (Fortbay) Signature Project
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 
The Sparta Signature Project features a publicly-accessible plaza at the corner of two major streets.
Sparta Signature Project

Pending Signature Projects:

Currently pending signature projects include: Cambrian Park Plaza.

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