The vision for the San José 2040 General Plan is for the City of San José to achieve fiscal sustainability and improve its job-to-housing balance. The development of Urban Villages is the fifth of twelve major strategies embodied within the General Plan to help accomplish that goal. Urban villages are walkable, bicycle-friendly, transit oriented developments in mixed-use settings that provide both housing and jobs, thus supporting the General Plan’s environmental goals of reduction in GHG gases from increased car trips, and placing jobs near housing to encourage more internalized, local walking, biking, and transit trips. The Urban Village plan provides an opportunity for the continued involvement of the community in the implementation of the Envision San José 2040 General Plan by addressing land use and urban design issues at a finer level detail within each Urban Village area.
In District 1, we have 8 urban villages – Winchester, Santana Row/Valley Fair (also District 6), Stevens Creek, Saratoga, Paseo de Saratoga, S. De Anza, Bollinger/Miller Avenue, and Bollinger/Lawrence Expressway. Due to increased development along Winchester, Santana Row/Valley Fair, and Stevens Creek, the urban village planning process was initiated and those three urban village plans are in the process of being created.
Urban Village Planning Process
The Winchester and Santana Row/Valley Fair Urban Villages (being developed concurrently) and the Stevens Creek Urban Village, are the first Urban Village plans to be completed with a community advisory group. This first of its kind urban village planning process is supported by a Priority Development Area Planning Grant awarded to the City of San José by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). The advisory group members were appointed by Councilmember Chappie Jones and are District 1 residents, property owners, developers, neighborhood leaders, and other key stakeholders. The key task of the advisory groups is to help City staff and City planning consultants develop an Urban Village plan that reflects the community’s future vision for the area. The urban village plan will be presented to City Council for final approval.
How can I get involved?
It’s not too late to get involved!
Winchester Advisory Group (WAG)
The Winchester Advisory Group, WAG, has been meeting for the past year, discussing key topics such as land use, transportation, urban design, art, and park space. The WAG will be assisting with creating the Winchester Urban Village Plan and the Valley Fair/Santana Row Urban Village Plan. They meet the 2nd Monday of every month.
For more information on the urban village boundaries, draft land use maps, and upcoming meetings visit the WAG website at: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=4775
Stevens Creek Advisory Group (SCAG)
The Stevens Creek Urban Village advisory group (SCAG) started meeting in June, and will continue to meet the 4th Thursday of every month.
For more information on urban village boundaries and upcoming SCAG meetings visit: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=5127