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The Communications Hill project site is located south of Downtown San José on the hillside area between Highway 87 and Monterey Road, northerly of Hillsdale Avenue and southeasterly of Curtner Avenue, in City Council District 7.

Introduction

The City of San José approved the Communications Hill Specific Plan (CHSP) as a dense, highly urbanized, pedestrian-oriented residential neighborhood with industrial park uses. The proposed project at Communications Hill is designed in accordance with the parameters of both the Specific Plan and the Envision San José 2040 General Plan.

The current proposed project is the development of approximately:

  • 2,200 residential units of varying densities and types;
  • Up to 67,500 square feet of commercial/retail uses;
  • 1.44 million square feet of industrial park uses; and
  • Parks, play fields, open space, trails, streets, stormwater facilities, and other supporting infrastructure.

A school is also envisioned within the project development, but its construction is not included in the proposed project. The Communications Hill project is comprised of four phases of development, outlined in the table below.

Development History of Communications Hill

Since 1984, the City's General Plan has recognized Communications Hill as a valuable and unique opportunity to create a sizable, mixed-use urban neighborhood with commanding views in proximity to downtown, freeways, light rail, and Caltrain. In 1992, the City Council approved the Communications Hill Specific Plan on about 500 acres.

Of the roughly 4,700 residential units envisioned for the CHSP, approximately 2,500 units have already been constructed along with public infrastructure, including portions of Communications Hill Boulevard, various storm and sanitary upgrades, a fire station, and various parks and trails. The current project proposes to construct the remaining 2,200 residential units, as well as develop 67,500 square feet of commercial and 1.44 million square feet of industrial park uses.

Nearly 22 years after its original conceptual design, the urban neighborhood outlined in the CHSP is still relevant. The project continues to meet the goals expressed in the City's General Plan, including the promot smart infill growth, and complements the surrounding developments that have occurred since the plan was written, fulfilling the vision of the CHSP.

Communications Hill Applications

Application Title & Phase Description Planning Status Construction Status
The General Plan Amendment and Communications Hill Specific Plan (CHSP) Text Amendments File No.GP/GPT13-002 and the CHSP Area Development Policy were approved by the Council on September 30, 2014 as part of the 2014 Annual Review (see Resolution No. 77173). Completed n/a
Planned Development Zoning File No.PDC13-009 was approved by the City Council on October 21, 2014 (Agenda Item 11.2) by Ordinance No. 29503. Completed n/a
Annexation Communications Hill No. 1, was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2014. The annexation was initiated on September 30, 2014 by Council Resolution No. 77170. Completed n/a
Master Planned Development Permit & Master Tentative Map
File Number PD14-035 & File No. PT14-030

Submittal Date: July 16, 2014
Approved by Director of Planning: January 14, 2015
Completed Ongoing
Phase 1 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map 314 residential units - File No. PDA14-035-01 & File No. PT14-034

Submittal Date: August 21, 2014
Approved by Director of Planning: March 18, 2015
Completed Ongoing
Phase 2 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map 648 residential units- File No. PDA14-035-03 & File No. PT15-055

Submittal Date: October 2, 2015
Approved by Director of Planning: March 16, 2016
Completed Ongoing
Phase 2 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map 486 residential units - File No. PDA14-035-04 & File No. PT17-020

Submittal Date: March 30, 2017
Approved by Director of Planning: July 26, 2017
Completed Ongoing
Phase 3 Planned Development Permit Village Center: 490 residential units, 15,000-square feet of commercial space, 31,600-square feet of amenity space - File No. PDA14-035-05

Submittal Date: April 10, 2017
Approved by Director of Planning: TBD
Under review Upcoming
Phase 3 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map

815 residential units (for both Phase 3 and 4) 

 

File No. PDA14-035-06 & File No. PT19-018 Plan Set:

Under review Upcoming
Phase 4 Planned Development Permit & Tentative Map (see Phase 3) Under review Upcoming

More Information about these permits listed above can be found at SJ Permits.

Communications Hill Project Environmental Documents

The Final Subsequent EIR was certified by the City Council on September 30, 2014 with the adoption of Resolution No. 77172.

Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Communications Hill Specific Plan:

Past Public Outreach/Meetings

Planned Development Permit Amendments for the Village Center, Phases 3 and 4 of Communications Hill Project. March 4, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Firestation #33, 2933 St. Florian Way, San Jose. 

Planned Development Permit Amendment Phase 2 and Phase 3 Meeting: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017. Fire Station #33, 2933 St. Florian Way, San Jose, CA 95136

Parks Facilities Plan Community Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Fire Station #33, 2933 St. Florian Way, San Jose, CA 95136

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Subsequent EIR, General Plan amendment, Area Development Policy and Planned Development project on September 10, 2014.

Additional Documents

Conceptual Photo Simulations

Exhibits

Vineyard Initiative

Planning Staff Contact

Owner & Applicant Information

  • Property Owner: MTA Properties LP
  • Applicant: KB Home South Bay Inc.