The Planned Development Rezoning for the Santana West project was approved at City Council on September 20, 2016. Additionally, City Council approved the I-280 Winchester Boulevard Transportation Development Policy, and certified the Environmental Impact Report for both the Santana West project and the I-280 Winchester Boulevard Transportation Development Policy. For project memos from the San Jose Planning Department, synopsis of the City Council agenda, and to read the memo signed by Councilmember Chappie Jones, please visit HERE. Visit HERE (Sept. 20th Meeting) to watch a recording of the City Council meeting. You can also view site plan HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions
What did Council approve when they approved the Planned Development Rezoning for the Santana West project?
The Santana West Planned Development Rezoning approval included the building envelope, or the building height, and setbacks. The specific building design has not been finalized, at this point. Once the developer, Federal Realty, has finalized their draft building design plans they will apply for a Planned Development Permit (PD Permit). An additional City of San Jose Planning meeting is required before the PD Permit is approved. The PD Permit will be reviewed by the Planning Director, and will not go in front of City Council. The PD permit covers the site plan, building design, landscaping, circulation, signs, and other development aspects.
What is the I-280 Winchester Boulevard Transportation Development Policy (TDP) and why was it approved with the Santana West project?
The TDP is a policy that will allow the City to collect fees from developers to help pay for an I-280 Winchester off-ramp. The memo signed by Councilmember Chappie Jones also allows the City to pursue development agreements that would allow the TDP fees to be used for other congestion projects. Although the TDP can apply to other developers / proposed developments within the policy area (please see document for exact area), the TDP was analyzed within the Santana West Environmental Impact Report, which is why it was approved along with the Santana West EIR and PD Rezoning. Please visit HERE to read the Transportation Development Policy.
What is being done about traffic impacts on nearby neighborhood streets?
Our office, and the developer, Federal Realty, heard neighborhood concerns regarding traffic impact on nearby neighborhood streets including, Spar, Hanson, and Maplewood. The developer has agreed to contribute funds to pay for traffic controls that would limit diverting traffic onto neighborhood streets. The specific traffic controls would be approved at the PD Permit stage. Our office, along with Federal Realty, and the residents on the nearby neighborhood streets will be holding a series of neighborhood meetings to discuss the specific traffic controls that will be constructed. For more information, please contact our office by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 408-535-4901.
How does the “Overriding Significant Consideration” City Council approved on September 20th impact the Century 21 Landmark Theatre?
Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), environmental impacts, such as impacts on historical structures must be studied. An impact must be mitigated if it is “significant.” But, if an impact is significant, City Council can approve to override the significant impact and allow the project to proceed with a Statement of Overriding Consideration. A Statement of Overriding Considerations is applied when there requires a balancing of public objectives (including environmental, legal, technical, social & economic factors, or lack of park space) with the significant impact. City Council approved a “Statement of Overriding Considerations” to allow Federal Realty to analyze different uses for the historical landmark, Century 21 theater. City Council needed to approve a Statement of Overriding Considerations because any change to the structure, such as removing the outer shell, would amount to a significant impact on the historical landmark under CEQA. But, Federal Realty still must return to City Council once they have a finalized a draft concept for the Century 21 theater.
How has the Santana West project mitigated the impact on nearby residential neighborhoods?
The buildings that are facing the residential homes, on the westerly side, will step down to 40 feet, additionally, the buildings will be setback 40 feet from the residential property lines. In addition to the setback and step down, if Federal Realty decides to build a parking garage the wall will be solid, and in all instances, they will incorporate living walls or green screens to mitigate noise and visual impacts. The line of trees will be maintained and, where necessary, new trees will be installed to provide additional screening for neighbors.