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General Plan Amendment Process

City's General Plan Amendment Process
For all updates and information regarding the City’s General Plan Amendment process, please go to This website is the community’s portal for all project-related information.

August 2012: The City Council authorized staff to proceed with the initiation of a General Plan Amendment (GPA). The GPA process includes the following:

  • Potential increases to city-wide office, commercial, hotel and residential allocations in order to plan for future development activity while keeping with the community's character, goals and objectives
  • Potential height and density increases in the city's major mixed use corridors (Stevens Creek Boulevard, Homestead Road, De Anza Boulevard, and Wolfe Road)
  • Development requests by several property owners that would require individual amendments to the General Plan
  • Options for the revitalization of the Vallco Shopping District
  • Recent state law requirements related to General Plan updates
  • Concurrent review with the Housing Element Update process, including a combined Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

March 2013: The City Council approved the scope of work for the GPA, authorized the project budget and consultant contracts and provided direction on the study areas for the project.

Summer/Fall 2013 and Winter 2014: The City hosted several public workshops and meetings and met with various stakeholders. City Staff and consultants also developed a Settings and Opportunities Report, Market Study, Retail Strategy Report and Concept Alternatives Report.

February 2014: The Planning Commission conducted a study session on the GPA Concept Alternatives to be studied in the EIR. Members of the public attended an open house prior to the study session that included stations on the concepts to be presented.

March 2014: The City Council conducted a similar study session and directed staff to study the three proposed Concept Alternatives (Alternatives A, B and C) in the EIR.

April 2014: The Planning Commission and City Council conducted a joint study session on the policy concepts to be included in the GPA.

Tentative Schedule
Summer 2014: Draft EIR and GPA available for public review.

Fall 2014: Final Planning Commission and City Council study sessions and public hearings.

City Contact Information 
Rebecca Tolentino, Senior Planner

Last updated: 8/15/2014 1:04:25 PM