Air Quality Relating to KB Homes Construction
Public Notice, August 28, 2019 - Air Quality Relating to KB Homes Construction at Communications Hill
Please read this public notice concerning air quality and asbestos relating to a construction project at Communications Hill. This public notice is also available in: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Hindi.
For questions on the KB Home Project and asbestos issue, contact:
Sam Yung, Department of Public Works
firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-975-7136
Please check this webpage for continued updates on the KB Home construction project.
Update – December 12, 2019: The Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved the Revised Asbestos Dust Mitigation Plan for Communications Hill 2, Phase 2 on December 4, 2019.
Update – November 27, 2019: Councilmember Maya Esparza is hosting a second community meeting to provide an update on the construction activity on Communications Hill. City staff and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will be at the meeting to answer questions. Meeting: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Location - Fire Station 33, 2933 Saint Florian Way, San José.
Update - September 17, 2019: Councilmember Maya Esparza is hosting a community meeting to provide an update on the construction activity on Communications Hill. City staff and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will be at the meeting to answer questions. Meeting: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Location - Fire Station 33, 2933 Saint Florian Way, San José.
Update – September 6, 2019: The City has received a Technical Memo from Golder Associates, Inc., a consulting firm with expertise in asbestos. Golder reviewed the methodologies used to analyze the air quality data at the construction site and compiled the health risks using this data, based on federal guidelines. Please contact Sam Yung at the number or email listed below if you have questions about this memo.
Update – September 4, 2019: The City has Communications Hill Public Notice Asbestos English approved that KB Home workers may resume interior-only activities beginning Thursday, September 5. This interior work will occur only on the homes where the buildings are done, streets are paved, and the landscaping is complete. No digging or external dust is anticipated with this work.
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.
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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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:
|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.
- First Amendment to the Draft EIR
- Draft EIR - Part 1 (through Section 2.3)
- Draft EIR - Part 2 (Sections 2.4 through 3.0)
- Draft EIR - Part 3 (Section 4.0)
- Draft EIR - Part 4 (Sections 5.0 through 10.0)
- Appendix A -- NOP and Responses
- Appendix B -- Traffic Impact Analysis
- Appendix C -- Communications Hill Specific Plan Area Development Policy
- Appendix D -- Noise Assessment
- Appendix E -- Air Quality Assessment
- Appendix F -- Archaeological Evaluation
- Appendix G -- Hazardous Materials Reports
- Appendix G-1 -- Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
- Appendix G-2 -- Phase II ESA
- Appendix G-3 -- Naturally Occurring Asbestos Letter
- Appendix H -- Biological Evaluation
- Appendix I -- Geology Reports
- Appendix I-1 -- Geologic and Geotechnical hazards evaluation
- Appendix I-2 -- Mine Backfill workplan
- Appendix J -- Hydrology and Water Quality Analysis
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Communications Hill Specific Plan:
- CHSP Final EIR Vol. I
- CHSP Final EIR Vol. II
- Supplemental EIR Vol. I-II
- Supplemental EIR Appendices A-E
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
- Community Meeting: Thursday, August 28, 2014 Community Meeting Slide Show
- Community Meeting and SEIR* Scoping Meeting: Monday, June 10, 2013
- SEIR* Scoping Meeting: Monday, June 17, 2013
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.
Conceptual Photo Simulations
- Parkland Facilities Exhibit, January 2015
Planning Staff Contact
- Name / Title: Stefanie Farmer, Project Manager
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: (408) 535-3861
Owner & Applicant Information
- Property Owner: MTA Properties LP
- Applicant: KB Home South Bay Inc.