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Regnart Creek Trail

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Project Overview

The Regnart Creek Trail is one of the trail segments that would make up “The Loop”.  It will provide an off-street bicycle and pedestrian facility that runs parallel to the existing Regnart Creek and provide a connection between Torre Ave/Pacifica Drive and the existing Creekside Trail at E. Estates Drive.  Identified as a Tier 1 priority project in the 2018 Pedestrian Transportation Plan and a Tier 2 project in the 2016 Bicycle Transportation Plan, the Regnart Creek Trail has been recognized as a vital connector of the neighborhood to local destinations in the vicinity of the creek, including the Cupertino Library and Civic Center, Wilson Park, and Creekside Park.  The Regnart Creek Trail will also serve as a link for school children in their route to school and to access the above destinations.

The Regnart Creek Trail supports the City’s efforts of:

Safety: Improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and reduce the number and severity of pedestrian‐related collisions, injuries, and fatalities.

Access: Increase and improve bicycle and pedestrian access to community destinations across the City of Cupertino for people of all ages and abilities.

Connectivity: Continue to develop a connected bicycle and pedestrian network that fosters an enjoyable walking experience.

The City Council approved the Regnart Creek Trail Feasibility Study at its August 21, 2018 meeting.

Regnart Creek Trail Extents

Project Updates

May 26, 2020 |Update NEW!

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Regnart Creek Trail Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND), as well as execute a Joint Use Agreement and a land exchange with Valley Water.  The staff report and attachments presented to Council can be accessed from the May 19, 2020 City Council Agenda.  Please refer to the hyperlinks within Item # 25 (Page 9) to view or download these documents.

City staff is continuing to work towards completion of the 100% design plans and specifications suitable for bidding.  Included in this effort are ongoing discussions with residents along the trail alignment to address concerns of privacy, security and noise.  Staff anticipates returning to City Council to present the 100% plans and request authorization to bid for construction in early Fall 2020.

April 28, 2020 |Update 

Staff presented the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) to the Environmental Review Committee at their April 16, 2020 meeting.  At the meeting, the ERC determined that the mitigations presented in the MND reduce impacts to less than significant, and recommended that the City Council consider adoption of the MND. 

February 07, 2020 |Update


The City of Cupertino, as the Lead Agency, has prepared an Initial Study for the Regnart Creek Trail in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The Initial Study evaluates the environmental impacts that might reasonably be anticipated to result from the implementation of the proposed Regnart Creek trail project. The Regnart Creek Trail Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) and Notice of Intent (NOI) are now available for public review. 

Please click on the link below for the Notice of Intent. 

Notice of Intent (NOI)

The 30-day public review period for the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration starts Friday, February 7, 2020 and ends on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration is available for review at the link below and at the Public Works Department counter.
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND)

Appendix A - Biological Resources Report

Appendix B - Foundation Report

Appendix C - Noise and Vibration Assessment

Written comments concerning the environmental review contained in the IS/MND during the 30-day public review period should be sent to:

City of Cupertino
Department of Public Works
10300 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014
Contact: David Stillman, Transportation Manager


Environmental Review Committee - April 16, 2020

City Council – May 19, 2020

October 17, 2019 |Update

On September 17, 2019 the Cupertino City Council directed staff to move forward with the design of the Regnart Creek Trail, which continues the City’s efforts to create a safe walking and biking environment that promotes active living and healthy transportation choices.

The City Council took several important actions related to the Regnart Creek Trail. The first was authorization of “Option D” to proceed with a construction allocation of $2.1 million, plus an additional $150,000 earmarked for landscaping and/or fencing for residents living along the trail.

Option D provides for multiple amenities that include, but are not limited to:

  • A decomposed granite footpath of eight-foot to 10-foot minimum width for the entire .8-mile trail from Pacifica Drive to E. Estates Drive
  • A single bridge connection from Wilson Park to the trail between S. Blaney Drive and E. Estates Drive
  • Full improvement of trail street crossings at S. Blaney Avenue and E. Estates Drive
  • Railings along the creek side of the trail from S. Blaney Avenue to E. Estates Drive and at trail head locations
  • Installation of wood privacy fencing as may be desired by residents
  • Privacy fencing/screening to be determined for residents near Lozano Lane
  • On street bike improvements on Pacifica Drive, S. Blaney Avenue and La Mar Drive

The City Council also adopted a resolution to amend the Fiscal Year 2019/20 Capital Improvement Project budget to increase the budget from $538,000 to $813,000 to perform design and environmental clearance services.  The staff report and attachments presented to Council can be accessed from the September 17, 2019 City Council Agenda.  Please refer to the hyperlinks within Item # 9 (Pages 3 & 4) to view or download these documents.

Please contact David Stillman, Transportation Manager, at if you have any questions.

Community Outreach

The design process will include rigorous outreach to residents living along the Regnart Creek Trail alignment to ensure that design elements which address resident concerns regarding safety and privacy are incorporated into the final trail design. 

Public Meeting | December 20, 2018

To kick-off the design outreach process, City staff conducted a neighborhood meeting on the evening of Thursday, December 20, 2018 to listen to concerns about the project and to receive feedback from residents that will help guide the process moving forward.  City staff captured the comments heard during the meeting and has provided responses.

December 20, 2018 Comment Log & Responses

Community Walkshop | March 30, 2019 

Another community "walkshop" was held on the morning of Saturday, March 30, 2019, very similar to the November 2017 event that kicked off the project's feasibility study phase.  Participants were able to walk the proposed trail extents with City staff, Water District staff, and project consultants.  This time, the ground was marked with locations of proposed physical features so attendees could better visualize the trail amenities.  The walkshop also included a walk along Pacifica Dr, E. Estates Dr, and La Mar Dr, to showcase a potential on-street bike facility identified as Alternative 4 in the Regnart Creek Trail Feasibility Study.  The walkshop was well-attended with over 100 people signing into the event. 

March 30, 2019 Walkshop Summary Memo

One-on-One Resident Meetings | March 18, 2019 through April 12, 2019

City staff conducted one-on-one meetings with residents living adjacent to the proposed trail alignment where staff met each homeowner at their property.  Door hangers were distributed to these residences with instructions on how to schedule a meeting with City staff.  The purpose of these meetings was to listen to their individual concerns related to the project, and to discuss how features could potentially be incorporated into the design to help address these concerns.  Staff met with a total of 42 of the 84 properties adjacent to the trail alignment during the 4-week meeting session.  If you were unable to participate in the individual meetings with staff and are still interested in doing so, please contact the Public Works Mainline at 408-777-3354 and staff will be happy to schedule a time to accommodate you.

Community Meeting | April 24, 2019

City staff held a community meeting on the evening of April 24, 2019.  The purpose of the meeting was to provide the latest trail design information based on feedback received from Valley Water meetings, the March 2019 walkshop event, and the one-on-one resident meetings that staff conducted during a 4-week session in late April/early May.  Approximately 70 people signed into the meeting.  City staff presented information on the project background, the current trail design, and the various alternatives presented in the feasibility study.  The meeting also consisted of an open house session, where participants were able to view the various display boards at their own pace and engage with City staff and project consultants stationed at each board.  The meeting concluded with a Q&A session, where speakers were given up to 3 minutes to speak and City staff an opportunity to respond to questions asked. 

April 24, 2019 Community Meeting Memo
April 24, 2019 Community Meeting Display Boards: Alternative 1 | Alternative 4 | Roadway Crossings Treatments | Lozano Ln and De Palma Ln Treatments

Parks & Recreation Commission Meetings

  • Thursday, June 6, 2019

Public Works staff give a presentation to the Parks & Recreation Commission regarding the proposed modifications at the Wilson Park ballfield associated with the project. Meeting Minutes will be posted once available.

 A compiled list of questions were prepared by residents and received by City staff via email on April 12, 2019.  Responses have been provided by staff and are shown in red text in the downloadable document below.

April 12, 2019 Resident Questions & City Responses

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) owns and maintains the right-of-way which contains Regnart Creek and its maintenance access road.  As a key stakeholder to the project, City staff will continue to engage SCVWD throughout the design process.

January 7, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
March 28, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
April 23, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
May 28, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
June 25, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
July 23, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
August 27, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes 
September 24, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
October 22, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
December 10, 2019 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
February 4, 2020 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
February 25, 2020 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
March 23, 2020 SCVWD Meeting Minutes
April 28, 2020, SCVWD Meeting Minutes

Recorded Documents

Joint Use Agreement (January 20, 2004)
Joint Use Agreement Amendment (February 6, 2008)

Project Timeline (subject to change)

 City Council Approval of Feasibility Study  August 2018
 Engineering Design:  December 2018 to December 2019
 Neighborhood Outreach:  Ongoing
 City Council Review of 65% Design  September 17, 2019

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