On October 4, 2017, the City received notice from Sand Hill Properties announcing its intention to reactivate its application for the redevelopment of the Vallco Mall site. The letter may be found at this link: Letter from Sandhill dated October 5, 2017.
Project Kick-off Community Meeting
February 5, 2018, 6-8:30 p.m. at Community Hall
A city’s specific plan establishes design and land use standards for one area of the city, but first begins with community outreach. Opticos Design, the City’s lead planning consultant for the project, will conduct the community meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to better inform the Opticos team about the various perspectives within the community, as well as to inform you about the project process and how you can stay involved.
February 6, 2018
On February 6th, Opticos held a day of interviews with community members and workers. The purpose of the interviews was to begin to create a relationship between the Opticos team and community leaders and others as well as to learn about the varying viewpoints within the community. The interviews were not intended to poll the number of people in different viewpoints. Rather, the interviews were designed to connect the Opticos team one-on-one with community members and build an understanding about the general dynamics within the community.
Opticos created a list of invitees based on their discussions with people across the political and demographic spectrum. This list was created independent of the developer and the City and included only people who live and work in Cupertino. The interviews were organized by viewpoints including the young and old, community activists, tech workers, renters, home owners, business owners, faith-based groups and others. In total over 70 people were interviewed in this one day. In addition, Opticos conducted phone interviews with anyone who requested an interview.
Specific Plan EIR Scoping Meeting
February 22, 2018, 6-8:30 p.m. at Community Hall
Prior to adoption of a specific plan, which establishes design and land use standards for the Vallco Special Area, environmental review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) must be completed. The City has determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared for which a Notice of Preparation (NOP) is available at the following link: NOP for Vallco Specific Plan.
Specific Plan Existing Conditions and Guiding Principles Presentation
View video for Specific Plan Existing Conditions Presentation
March 13, 2018, 6-8:30 p.m. at Community Hall
Presentation from Existing Conditions and Guiding Principles Input Meeting
Preliminary Financial Feasibility
Summary of Comments
When: Monday, April 9 to Friday, April 13 (see schedule for times)
Where: Cupertino City Hall and Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino
The April Charrette was a multi-day opportunity for the Cupertino community to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to craft a vision for the Vallco Special Area. The ideas and vision developed during the charrette along with community input guided the creation of the Specific Plan. The charrette included many opportunities for interaction and feedback, including Public Presentations, Brown Bag Lunches, and Open Studio as follows:
For more information visit www.envisionvallco.org.
Charrette #1: Opening Presentation
April 9, 2018, 6-8:30 p.m., Community Hall
Charrette #1: Brown Bag Presentation #1 (Transportation)
April 10, 2018, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Community Hall
Charrette #1: Presentation #2 (Economics)
April 11, 2018, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Community Hall
Charrette #1: Presentation #3 (Form-Based Codes)
April 12, 2018, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Community Hall
Charrette #1: Closing Presentation
April 13, 2018, 6-8:30 p.m., Community Hall
- Other materials
SB 35 Project
Day 2 - Studio Visual Preference
Day 3 - Concepts Boards
Day 3 - Studio Visual Preference
Day 4 - Concepts Boards
Day 4 - Revised Guiding Principle Poster 4-12
Where: Cupertino City Hall and Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino
Charrette #2: Opening Presentation
May 21, 2018, 6-7:30 p.m., Community Hall
Charrette #2: The Impact of Vallco Development on School Funding & Enrollment
May 22, 2018, 6-7:30 p.m., Community Hall
Charrette #2: Closing Presentation
May 24, 2018, 6-7:30 p.m., Community Hall
City Council Study Session
June 4, 2018, Community Hall
Vallco Specific Plan Draft EIR Comment Meeting
View Video for Vallco Specific Plan Draft EIR Comment Meeting
June 19, 2018, 5-6:15 p.m., Community Hall
EIR Comment Meeting Presentation
Vallco Specific Plan Draft EIR Amendment Comment Meeting
August 7, 2018, 6-7:15 p.m., Community Hall
Environmental Review Committee (ERC) Meeting
August 31, 2018, 9:30-11:15 a.m., City Hall
Planning Commission Public Hearing
September 4, 2018, 5:30 p.m., Community Hall
City Council Public Hearing
September 18 & 19, 2018, 5 p.m., Community Hall
The Cupertino City Council reconvened on September 19, 2018, at 5 p.m. in Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue, to continue its consideration of the Vallco Specific Plan item. The public hearing for this item was closed at the September 18, 2018 meeting.
On September 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Cupertino Community Hall, the City Council began to consider adoption of the Vallco Town Center Specific Plan, and a Development Agreement proposed by the Vallco Property Owner LLC. Although not a development application, meaning that no project will be approved or denied at the meeting, the Specific Plan, if adopted, would create two tiers of possible development within the plan area. Detailed information can be found in the City Council’s September 18 agenda at www.cupertino.org/agenda
TIER 1 DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
(without "community benefits density bonus")
TIER 2 DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
(with "community benefits
Maximum Office AmenitySpace
Minimum Public (on ground)Open Space
45’ – 120’
45’ – 150’
The Tier 1 program has a base density allowed by right under the Specific Plan. It retains the existing residential density of 35 dwelling units per acre, minimizes office use, and maximizes commercial/retail development.
The Tier 2 program includes a “community benefits density bonus” as an alternative to the State Density Bonus Law, which allows a maximum residential density bonus of 35% above the base density. Tier 2 would also allow for additional office space and amenities (such as labs and fitness areas), with community benefits would be memorialized in a development agreement.
Both tiers would require six acres of public open space, such as parks, on the ground level.
In addition, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared to evaluate the environmental effects of the proposed project will also be considered. Adoption of the Plan will require General Plan Amendments, and Municipal Code Amendments and Zoning Actions, all of which will also be considered concurrently.
The Environmental Review Committee met on August 31, 2018 and recommended that the City Council certify the EIR. The Planning Commission met on September 4, 2018 and considered the proposed project. They unanimously recommended that the City Council adopt resolutions regarding the Environmental Assessment, Municipal Code and Zoning amendments required to implement the project. They recommended approval of the General Plan Amendments, Specific Plan and the Development Agreement on a 4-1 vote with a recommendation that the Council consider the addition of a middle tier of development, between Tier 1 and Tier 2, with 2,923 residential units, reduced office allocation and a commensurate reduction in community benefits. The Planning Commission recommended that the community benefits be considered in the following order of preference:
- Increase in benefits to the Cupertino Union School District
- Maintain benefits to the Fremont Union High School District
- Incorporate a 20% Below Market Rate (BMR) component, including 40 Extremely Low Income housing units
- Contributions to transportation and traffic improvements
- Rebuild City Hall
- Construct a Performing Arts Center on-site
The Vallco Specific Plan is separate from the Vallco Town Center SB 35 proposal. Information on that project can be found at www.cupertino.org/vallcosb35.
Planning Commission Recommendation:
The Planning Commission met on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and adopted:
- Resolution No. 6860 recommending that the City Council certify the Final EIR, make CEQA findings, adopt a statement of overriding considerations and adopt a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program on a 5-0 vote;
- Resolution No. 6861 recommending that the City Council adopt the proposed General Plan Amendments to allow implementation of the Vallco Town Center Specific Plan with modifications identified in Resolution No. 6861 on a 4-1 (Liu: no) vote;
- Resolution No. 6863 recommending that the City Council adopt the proposed Vallco Town Center Specific Plan with modifications identified in Resolution No. 6863 on a 4-1 (Liu: no) vote;
- Resolution No. 6864 recommending that the City Council adopt the proposed Municipal Code Text Amendments to allow implementation of the Vallco Town Center Specific Plan on a 5-0 vote;
- Resolution No. 6862 recommending that the City Council adopt the proposed Zoning Map Amendments to allow implementation of the Vallco Town Center Specific Plan on a 5-0 vote; and
- Resolution No. 6865 recommending that the City Council adopt the proposed Development Agreement with modifications identified in Resolution No. 6865 on a 4-1 (Liu: no) vote.
The public agenda packet, which includes the staff report and attachments, is available online at www.cupertino.org/agenda.
Environmental Review Committee (ERC) Meeting Recommendation:
The Environmental Review Committee met on Friday, August 31, 2018 and recommended that the City Council certify the Vallco Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report.
A recording of the meeting proceedings is available here.
The ERC on a 5-0 vote recommended that the City Council certify the Final EIR as having been prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The ERC's determination is available online here.
Vallco Town Center Specific Plan - Public Review Draft
The Public Review Draft of the Vallco Specific Plan, which contains the vision and specific development parameters for redevelopment of the Vallco Special Area, is now available here:
Ch 1 - Purpose and Intent - Public Draft
Ch 2 - Background and Setting - Public Draft
Ch 3 - Vision - Public Draft
Ch 4 - Mobility - Public Draft
Ch 5 - Infrastructure and Public Facilities - Public Draft
Ch 6 - Development Standard - Public Draft
Ch 7 - Admin Implementation and Financing - Public Draft
On a 4-1 vote on September 19, 2018, the City Council certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), adopted CEQA findings, a Statement of Overriding Considerations and adopting and incorporating the mitigation measures into the Project, and adopted a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Vallco Specific Plan, which is available here:
Recirculated Amendment to Draft EIR
The Recirculated Amendment to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Vallco Special Area Specific Plan Project was available for a 45-day public review period until Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
The City held a meeting on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Cupertino Community Hall, to receive comments on the Draft EIR Amendment. A recording of the meeting is available online here.
The Notice of Availability of the Draft EIR Amendment is online here.
Draft EIR Amendment:
Appendix A - Supplemental Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Assessment
Appendix B - Supplemental Noise and Vibration Assessment
Appendix C - Supplemental Traffic Impact Analysis
Appendix D - Revised Water Supply Assessment
Draft Environmental Impact Report
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Vallco Special Area Specific Plan Project was available for a 45-day public review period until Monday, July 9, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
The City held a meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 to receive comments on the Draft EIR. A recording of meeting is available online here.
The Notice of Availability of the Draft EIR is online here.
Appendix A - Notice of Preparation
Appendix A - NOP Comments - Part 1
Appendix A - NOP Comments - Part 2
Appendix A - NOP Comments - Part 3
Appendix A - NOP Comments - Part 4
Appendix A - NOP Comments - Part 5
Appendix A - NOP Comments - Part 6
Appendix A - NOP Comments - Part 7
Appendix A - NOP Comments - Part 8
Appendix A - NOP Comments - Part 9
Appendix B - Air Quality and GHG Assessment
Appendix C - Arborist Reports and Peer Review
Appendix D - Geotechnical Feasibility Investigation
Appendix E - Phase 1 - Part 1
Appendix E - Phase 1 - Part 2
Appendix F - Noise and Vibration Assessment
Appendix G - School Impact Analysis
Appendix H - Transportation Impact Analysis - Part 1
Appendix H - Transportation Impact Analysis - Part 2
Appendix I - Utility Studies - Water, Recycled Water and Sewer
What's after Charrette 2? June 4th study session.
City staff and city's consultant team will present a report of the work done so far to City Council at a study session on Monday, June 4th at 4 pm, Community Hall. From there, this will assist our team in concisely working on next steps.
What is a Specific Plan?
The specific plan creates objective standards and rules of development, such as heights, massing, building locations, public spaces and location of uses. The plan would include graphics to illustrate the standards and rules. In creating a specific plan, the community, the City and its consultants are not designing the project. Like the Cupertino Municipal Code, which contains development rules for other neighborhoods, these rules would apply to the current owner of Vallco and any future owner or owners. It helps the city prepare for the future, regardless of ownership.
Your comments and questions welcomed
The first draft of specific plan program and design options, presented on 4/13/2018, are now posted on the project website: www.envisionvallco.org
Each option requests comments and questions, which will help us refine the drafts for charrette 2 and create information for frequently asked questions, as the dialogue and work needed continues.
Why is the city's specific plan process more important than ever, even though the city received an SB 35 application from the developer?
The Specific Plan creates an ongoing opportunity for negotiation of design details, a development agreement and community amenities. There is no path for negotiation in the SB 35 application process. Community members are encouraged to continue to stay engaged in the design and planning process of the Vallco Special Area.
There will be many more opportunities for you to be involved and share your comments, thoughts and ideas. Consider signing up for e-notifications to receive timely updates via email. You can also sign up on the new project website http://envisionvallco.org for more updates.
Please be advised that pursuant to Cupertino Municipal Code 2.08.100, written communications sent to the Cupertino City Council, Commissioners or City staff concerning a matter on the agenda are included as supplemental material to the agendized item. These written communications are accessible to the public through the City's website and kept in packet archives. You are hereby admonished not to include any personal or private information in written communications to the City that you do not wish to make public; doing so shall constitute a waiver of any privacy rights you may have on the information provided to the City.