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Blossom Hill and Snell

blossom hill - snellThe Blossom Hill / Snell Urban Village is centered around the intersection of Blossom Hill Road and Snell Avenue and stretches down Snell Avenue to the VTA Snell Light Rail Station on and around Highway 85. Blossom Hill Road and Snell Avenue were developed as major suburban, car-oriented roadways and act as important connecting routes in south San Jose.

Map of the Blossom Hill and Snell Urban Village Planning Area boundaries

Planning Process

Through this Urban Village planning process, a policy framework will be created that will be followed by any future new development in the Blossom Hill and Snell area. The City is not proposing any construction or changes at this time but does want you input on how the Blossom Hill and Snell area should develop in the near and distant future in order to best create this framework with the community in mind.

Planning staff are committed to engaging the broadest possible spectrum of community stakeholders to most effectively identify the community issues, challenges, and opportunities that guide and inform the development of the Blossom Hill and Snell Urban Village Plan. The community outreach portion of the Urban Village planning process includes three community workshops. All neighborhood residents, property owners, business owners, and other interested individuals are invited to attend participate, and provide input on the formulation of the Urban Village Plan.

If you have any questions or comments about the Blossom Hill and Snell Urban Village planning process, please contact Project Manager, Michael Brillot by at

Community Workshop #2

The second Blossom Hill and Snell Urban Village Community Meeting was held on Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Southside Community Center (5585 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123).

Approximately 45 community members attending to share their thoughts and learn more about the work that was completed since Workshop #1. This work included the creation of a draft land use plan (which describes uses allowed at given locations), a draft building height map (describing maximum heights allowed), and several new designs for Snell Avenue. These materials are all conceptual in nature and do not represent any decisions that have been made. They were created to gather additional comments from the community at this meeting.

Below is a list of these new materials presented to the attendees at Community Workshop #2:

The community meeting attendees broke out into small table groups facilitated by City Staff and volunteers from the American Institute of Architects to discuss the above items. Following this discussion, community members shared their table's ideas with the rest of the attendees.

A thorough summary of the community meeting and a list of recorded comments has also been created for your review:

Thank you again to everyone who attended. The City received a great deal of thoughtful input. Please continue to contact Project Manager Matthew VanOoosten (contact info located in the section above) if you have any additional comments or questions.

Community Workshop #1

The first Blossom Hill and Snell Urban Village Community Meeting was held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Southside Community Center (5585 Cottle Road, San Jose, CA 95123).

The workshop included an introductory presentation from City Planning staff as well as a preliminary site analysis presentation from members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA have graciously volunteered their planning and design talents to the San Jose City Planning Division to assist in the creation of the Blossom Hill and Snell Urban Village Plan.

Following the site analysis presentation, attendees formed smaller groups around tables and Planning and the AIA facilitated an activity in order to best hear the community's thoughts on the area and answer any questions the attendees had.

Beyond the community meeting, residents were also invited to participate in an online survey in order for Planning to hear their neighborhood needs and desires. Nearly 80 online responses were received further allowing the City to better understand the neighborhood's attitude towards the future Urban Village Plan.

The responses from Community Meeting #1 and the online survey were analyzed and a summary document was created. Click the link below to read the summary.

On behalf of the Planning Division and the AIA, thank you for your participation!

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