Earlier this month, Sunnyvale City Council passed an update of theÂ Land Use and Transportation Element of its General Plan, by a 6:1 vote. Â The plan anticipates adding commercial space forÂ 42,000 jobs andÂ 15,000 housing units through 2035, worsening the jobs/housing balance from 1.44 to 1.73. Â
At the same time, City Council passed a motion to support further study of additional toolsÂ that could improve the jobs/housing balance, due to concern about the housing shortage and affordability. Â Â Most community comments at the meetingÂ supported the growth in the plan, but wanted to see more housing and an improved jobs/housing balance.
The City Council maintained a policy to create “village centers” -Â walkable, mixed use areas which had drawn mixed community response. Some valued opportunities for more housing in increasingly walkable places, while others were concerned about density and traffic. Â Council supported a requirement that proposed Village Center proposals have community outreach before review by the Planning Commission. Council also added consideration of the southwest corner of Sunnyvale/Saratoga as a village center which would be served by the new, frequent VTA 523 service.
Overall, the plan envisions to have growth concentrated on focused areas such as the Downtown, Lawrence Station Area, and some growth in the Village Centers. Â Over time, Sunnyvale has been strengthening itsÂ goals to have more sustainable transportation and fewer car trips in its change areas, including a new policy in an early adoption phase to have transportation demand management for residential developments.
Wednesday evening – Community forumÂ on the vision for El Camino Real
The next major planning process in Sunnyvale is an update of the plans for El Camino Real. Â On Wednesday, April 26, the Sunnyvale Sustainable and Affordable Living Coalition (Livable SunnyvaleÂ for short) is hosting a community forum for a discussion on how El Camino Real fits into Sunnyvale’s future.
The forum will discuss topics including: How can we create great neighborhoods that we can all afford? What can be done to make safer places for walking and biking with smart transportation choices? How will the future of the corridor affect our economy, our environment, and our quality of life? How is the city planning for the futureÂ of El Camino Real in Sunnyvale, and how can community membersÂ shape the vision for this important corridor.
The event will be held at the Sunnyvale Community Center Ballroom, 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, from 7-9pm, with light snacks provided.