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Text Amendment History

The Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan was adopted by the City Council on November 1, 2011. The following is a comprehensive list of text amendments that have been approved since that time and incorporated into the General Plan. Additional information can be found in Appendix 10 of the General Plan.


Five Wounds Urban Village Plans (approved November 19, 2013)
Adoption of the Five Wounds, Roosevelt Park, 24th and William Street, and Little Portugal Urban Village Plans. (Resolution No. 76856)


File No. GPT14-001 (approved January 27, 2015)
Incorporated the 2014-2023 Housing Element into the General Plan. (Resolution No. 77271)

File No. GPT14-004 (approved September 30, 2014)
Amended Policy IP-5.5 to prohibit the conversion of commercially designated land for residential purposes within Urban Village areas. (Resolution No. 77173)

File No. GPT14-006 (approved September 30, 2014)
Amended the Downtown land use designation to increase the maximum number of residential units per acre (DU/AC) from 350 DU/AC to a maximum of 800 DU/AC for the Downtown land use designation. (Resolution No. 77173)

File No. GPT14-007 (approved December 16, 2014)
Added a new policy to Goal H-1 stating the City will facilitate housing affordable to those who are employed in serving industries, driving industries, and business support industries, and modified Goal H-2 to state that 15% or more of new housing developed in San José be affordable to low and moderate income households. (Resolution No. 77265)

File No. GPT14-008 (approved November 18, 2014)
Amended Appendix 5 to move growth capacity allocation from four nearby Urban Villages to the subject project site located at the east side of Perimeter Road, between Great Oaks Boulevard and Miyuki Drive, for up to 780 residential dwelling units. (Resolution No. 77220)

Diridon Station Area Plan (approved June 17, 2014)
Adoption of the Diridon Station Area Plan. (Resolution No. 77098)


File No. GPT15-001 (approved December 15, 2015)
Amended the Downtown land use designation to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) from up to 15.0 to up to 30.0. (Resolution No. 77618)

File No. GPT15-002 (approved December 15, 2015)
Updated and re-adopted the City’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy. (Resolution No. 77618)

File No. GPT15-003 (approved December 15, 2015)
Clarified that the City Council can consider City-initiated General Plan land use and/or text amendments up to four times per year. (Resolution No. 77618)

File No. GPT15-004 (approved December 15, 2015)
Amended Chapter 6 and Appendix 2 to be consistent with California Government Code Section 65302 and the California Complete Streets Act of 2008. (Resolution No. 77618)

File No. GPT15-005 (approved December 15, 2015)
Amended the Jackson-Taylor Residential Strategy text to remove language requiring re-opening North 9th Street as a public street between Mission and Taylor Streets; to change language regarding noise and odor limitations; to eliminate restrictions for industrial properties; and to increase the maximum density allowed under the plan from 50 to 95 dwelling units per acre at the northwesterly corner of East Taylor Street and North 10th Street. (Resolution No. 77618)


File No. GPT16-001 (approved December 13, 2016)
Amended the Alviso Master Plan to: 1) allow a maximum allowable building of 65 feet and 5 stories above flood elevation for properties on the west side of N. 1st Street between Liberty and Tony P. Santos Street, and 2) allow a maximum allowable height of 170 feet on sides with non-residential or non-urban land use designations for non-building structural uses limited to net poles and safety netting only. (Resolution No. 78048)

File No. GPT16-004 (approved December 13, 2016)
Amended General Plan text to make minor modifications and clarifying revisions. (Resolution No. 78048)

File No. GPT16-006 (approved December 13, 2016)
Amended Appendix 5 to reflect approved residential entitlements since adoption of the General Plan and made minor formatting revisions. (Resolution No. 78048)

File No. GPT16-007 (approved December 13, 2016)
Amended Policy CD-7.9 to state that new residential development within Urban Village areas must be built at a minimum of four stories with a step down in height when located adjacent to single-family residential sites that have a Residential Neighborhood land use designation. (Resolution No. 78048)

File No. GPT16-008 (approved December 13, 2016)
Amended the Mixed Use Commercial land use designation to change the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for residential/commercial mixed-use projects to 0.5 to 4.5 FAR, and for commercial only projects to 0.25 to 4.5 FAR. (Resolution No. 78048)

File No. GPT16-009 (approved December 13, 2016)
Amendments to the General Plan associated with the General Plan Four-Year Review. (Resolution No. 78048):

  1. Reduced the J/ER ratio from 1.3 to 1.1, thereby reducing the planned job capacity from 470,000 new jobs to 382,000 new jobs;
  2. Set a near-term J/ER ratio of 1.0 jobs to employed residents by the year 2025;
  3. Amended Appendix 5 to reflect the reduced planned job capacity;
  4. Added new policies and action items to address affordable housing, displacement, and gentrification;
  5. Set a goal for the development of Urban Village Plans to be successfully completed within one year, with the possibility of a longer process in order to conduct sufficient community engagement;
  6. Moved the Berryessa BART Urban Village to from Horizon 2 to Horizon 1; and
  7. Added action items requiring the update of the City’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy targets and policies to ensure compliance with Senate Bill 32

The Alameda (East) Urban Village Plan (approved December 13, 2016)
Adoption of The Alameda (East) Urban Village Plan. (Resolution No. 78048)

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