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Diridon Station Area Plan + Google Project

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+ What is happening with the Diridon Station Area?

The City of San José adopted the Diridon Station Area Plan (DSAP) in 2014 to guide development of the area surrounding the station, in anticipation for major transportation investments and a major league ballpark. Since then, circumstances have changed warranting a comprehensive update of the plan.

  1. Plans for the ballpark fell through, requiring a new land use designation for the area near the station.
  2. Google is pursuing a mixed-use master planned development in the Diridon area (see the Archive for additional information).
  3. The City is studying the effect of airport-related height restrictions on development capacity in Downtown, including the Diridon area.
  4. Plans for the BART Silicon Valley extension and high-speed rail projects have advanced, the Caltrain electrification project is underway, and Caltrain is updating its Business Plan to consider additional service improvements and investments. The California High-Speed Rail Authority, Caltrain, City of San José, and VTA have joined together to develop the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan to effectively integrate existing and future modes.
  5. The City adopted a Climate Smart San José plan and is updating the Downtown Design Guidelines and Downtown Transportation Plan.

In response to these changes, the City of San José is preparing to update and implement key aspects of the DSAP. This will involve adding development capacity, assigning new land use designations to the ballpark site, changing the land uses for other sites, and aligning the DSAP with other adopted and ongoing plans.

In conjunction with updating the DSAP, the City will review and process a master plan proposal by Google. Prior to constructing any building, Google will need to submit an application for “planning entitlements” (or land use approvals) to the City’s Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department and get approval from the City Council. The process will involve negotiation of a Development Agreement (including a Community Benefits Plan).

Both the DSAP update and Google review processes will require certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and will involve community engagement. Community engagement will continue to utilize the Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) and other public outreach methods. The processes will build upon the community input received during preparation of the DSAP and through the 2018 civic engagement process (see the Archive for additional information).

+ Previous and Upcoming Events

At the March 11, 2019 meeting of the City's Diridon Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG), the City provided a summary of what happened in 2018 with the Google project and what to expect in 2019. This included an overview of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Google, adopted at the December 4, 2018 City Council meeting. The MOU sets forth the guiding principles to collaborate on a mixed-use development in the Diridon Station Area. Community input gathered in 2018 directly informed the MOU, including the shared goals for development, and the MOU provides a foundation for work moving forward (see the Archive for more information).

The City anticipates receiving an application for the mixed-use development from Google in fall 2019. At this point, the City intends to kick off an update of the Diridon Station Area Plan (DSAP), for the reasons described above. The City will provide a high-level overview of the anticipated DSAP Update process at the Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) meeting on May 22 at 6:30 in the City Hall Wing - Committee Rooms 118-120.

For more information on previous and upcoming events, please visist the Archive page and Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) page.

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The Resource page includes links to adopted plans and other resources.

The Archive page includes additional information on the potential Google development and the civic engagement process held in 2018.

Project Updates

  • The City will provide a high-level overview of the anticipated DSAP Update process at the Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) meeting on May 22, building upon the March 11 SAAG presentation on what happened in 2018 and what to expect in 2019.