As you may have heard from the news or through neighbors, a formal application was submitted for the Garden City site on February 17th. The project proposal must go through the planning process and also CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). The process will take at least a year to complete. The developers, Prometheus and Shorenstein, are moving the project forward as a Signature Project under the General Plan. A Signature Project designation allows residential projects to move forward, before an urban village plan is completed, if the development includes the appropriate percentage of commercial property required by the General Plan. The Garden City site is located in the Stevens Creek Urban Village area (if you are interested in being part of the Stevens Creek Urban Village planning group, please let us know). The proposal for the site includes approximately: 870 residential units, 300,000 sq. ft. of office space, 15,000 sq. ft. of retail, and a 1.5 acre park. The park is being designed as an “urban park.” The landscape architect has worked on parks in other cities including Portland, Oregon. The total site size of the proposed site is 15.83 acres. Please see attachments for photos of the site design. Additionally, my staff and I will be working with the developers to set up community meetings, outside of what the city requires, so your feedback can be shared directly with the developers. I heard your initial concerns about traffic and I think that is an important topic to discuss early in the process, so please take part in our upcoming community meetings. I am working with the developer to create a robust community engagement plan that goes above and beyond what is required by city policy. The first community meeting will likely take place mid-April. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact my office.