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For questions or comments about the North 1st Street Local Transit Village Plan:

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North 1st Street Local Transit Village Plan

The North 1st Street Local Transit Village Plan will establish goals, policies, standards, and guidelines to shape this area's future private development, streetscape, and public areas. As private developments are proposed and built, City staff anticipate that this area will accommodate 1,678 housing units as well as 2,520 jobs through approximately 756,000 sq. ft. of development. The Plan will help to direct where and how this growth takes place.

Get involved!

There are several ways to participate in the planning process for this local transit village:

There will be three workshops. The first workshop occurred on June 13, 2019. The second workshop occurred on October 21, 2019. The third workshop is anticipated for May 2020.

There will also be public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council, which allow for public input.

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Community Workshops and Public Hearings

There will be three community workshops and two public hearings. As dates are determined, this webpage will be updated.

First Workshop – Community Values & Guiding Principles

The first workshop was held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Santa Clara County Cafeteria (located at 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110). Participants were asked to help identify and discuss the assets and opportunities within the North 1st Street Local Transit Village area. Assets are places, buildings, and environments that are prized within the community. Opportunities are areas of improvement or change. These assets and opportunities will be used to help create the Vision for this Village. The Vision will be the overarching concept for the community’s preferred future for development and transformation of the corridor.

The materials from the first workshop are available below:

The Vision Statement and Guiding Principles were created using all feedback provided at the First Workshop and through the online survey. The Vision Statement and Guiding Principles will inform the Second Workshop and the policies in which future development must comply with. The feedback from the online survey and the Vision Statement and Guiding Principles document are available below:

Second Workshop – Character Area Visioning

The second workshop was held on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the Santa Clara County Cafeteria (located at 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110). Participants were asked to establish the Character Areas for three segments of the Village. Each segment of the Village will have a unique Character Area. Character Areas are places that have a distinct feel based upon the types of development and intensities allowed. The feedback provided will be used to create the three Character Areas within this village, which will then inform land uses, height, densities, Floor Area Ratios (FARs), preservation policies, open space/plaza policies, and transportation-related policies.

The materials from the second workshop are available below:

Through the public engagement process, three Character Areas were established for this Village. These three Character Areas are: Commercial Gateway, Central Civic Center, and Southern Mixed-Use. Descriptions of these three Character Areas can be found at the link below:

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The North 1st Street Local Transit Village generally extends along North 1st Street from roughly West Julian Street to Interstate 880.

During the planning process and with public input, the boundary may shift, with some properties added and others removed from the area.

This area is also shown on the Growth Areas 2040 map. Open the map and search for 701 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112.

North 1st Street Local Transit Village Boundary Map

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Envision San José 2040 General Plan?
    The Envision San José 2040 General Plan is the City’s blueprint for the future growth of San José. Approved in 2011 by the City Council, it reflects the input of thousands of residents and businesses. Urban villages are a key strategy in the plan for how and where San José grows. San José is anticipated to grow in the number of residents and jobs, and you can make a difference in how it does by engaging in and participating in the urban village planning process.

  2. What is an urban village? What are their benefits?
    Urban villages bring housing, retail, and jobs together with higher-density, mixed-used developments. They are a place for people to live, work, and play. They are typically located along transit corridors to reduce car use and promote walking, bicycling, and transit use. As such, urban villages promote sustainable and healthful communities -- they reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions, and supports healthy living with less time in cars. Economic development and growth is promoted in key locations, helping to take pressure off developing in environmentally sensitive areas.

  3. What is a "local transit urban village" and how is it different from other urban villages?
    Local transit urban villages are located along light rail or bus rapid transit facilities that primarily serve local areas, compared to transit that has regional routes. Accordingly, local transit urban villages are planned for a balanced mix of job and housing growth at relatively high densities, with greater emphasis placed upon building complete communities that support use of the transit system.

  4. What is the planned housing and job growth for the North 1st Street Local Transit Urban Village?
    • Planned job capacity: 2,520 jobs (approximately 756,000 square feet of development)
    • Planned housing units: 1,678 residential units
    • These job capacities and housing units will be incorporated into the urban village boundary, and through public engagement and participation, the location of these new jobs and housing units will be determined.

  5. What does this mean for me, as a resident, as a business owner, or as a tenant?
    As a resident, business owner, or tenant, you can directly help shape how your community grows by participating in this urban village process. You can participate by attending the workshops, public hearings, and engaging with the project contact and the Council District office.

  6. How will the public be engaged in the North 1st Street Local Transit Village planning process?
    A series of three workshops will occur between June 2019 and August 2020. The Village Plan will be presented to Planning Commission for recommendations and City Council for final adoption.
    • WORKSHOP 1 – Community Values & Guiding Principles
      At this workshop, you’re invited to share ideas and concerns about development in this area. This will help the City frame the Values and Guiding Principles for the development of the North 1st Street Local Transit Village Plan.
    • WORKSHOP 2 – Village Plan Development
      During this workshop, you’re invited to provide feedback on key aspects of the Conceptual Village Plan.
    • WORKSHOP 3 – Open House
      Staff will present the Draft Plan and seek final comments during this open house. After addressing these final comments, staff will prepare to present the plan to the Planning Commission and City Council for approval.

  7. Will my house or building be demolished or taken from me as part of this urban village process?
    The City will not take your building as part of this process.The urban village planning process serves to establish policies, standards, and guidelines for new development proposals, applying only to the properties within the urban village boundary. The Plan does not approve specific development projects nor does it allow for demolition and construction to occur. Owners of property who propose developments must go through a separate process, the planning entitlement process, to ask the City for permission the right to demolish or construct a new building.

  8. When will construction begin on this local transit urban village?
    The urban village plan is a long-range policy document with no planned construction. As property owners consider and propose development projects (that are subject to a discretionary planning permit), they will be required to comply with the goals, policies, standards, and guidelines expressed in the Urban Village Plan.

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