Photo credit: Sergio Ruiz

Photo credit: Sergio Ruiz

 

Diridon Station Area Plan + Google Project


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+ What is the Diridon Station Area Plan?

The City of San José adopted the Diridon Station Area Plan (DSAP) in 2014 in anticipation for major transportation investments and a major league ballpark. The DSAP sets forth a blueprint for the development of the Diridon Station Area, a 250-acre district surrounding San Jose Diridon Station on the western edge of downtown. The DSAP envisions the transformation of the station area—an area which is currently dominated by parking lots and old industrial buildings—into a dynamic mixed-use urban neighborhood anchored by a world-class transportation hub and the SAP Center.

+ What is happening with the Diridon Station Area?

Since adoption of the DSAP, several key planning assumptions have changed, including the following:

  1. Plans for the ballpark fell through, requiring a new land use designation for the area near the station.
  2. The Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan process is underway.
  3. Google is pursuing a mixed-use master planned development in the Diridon area (see the Archive for additional information).
  4. The City recently adopted a policy that will enable taller building height limits in the Diridon area, compared to the current limits under the DSAP and zoning code.
  5. There is a new focus on environmental sustainability through Climate Smart San José.
  6. The City adopted Downtown Design Guidelines and initiated a Downtown Transportation Plan.

The City is preparing to amend the plan to: adapt to current circumstances; align and have the DSAP complement the other adopted and ongoing plans, including the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan; and support and facilitate DSAP implementation (private development and public investments).

The City is not expecting to make major changes to the primary objectives of the DSAP. Anticipated changes include adding development capacity and updating the sections on land use, design, transportation, and public spaces. In addition, the City will prepare implementation plans for shared parking, infrastructure, and affordable housing.

+ What is the planning process to amend the DSAP?

The City conducted an extensive community engagement process in 2018 to get input on the future of the Diridon Station Area, given the changing conditions described above. The City will consider this input to identify changes to the plan. The City will conduct additional outreach with the City’s Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) and use other methods to gather feedback as part of the amendment process. The process will also require completion of an environmental analysis as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

+ How does the Google mixed-use project relate to the DSAP amendment process?

In 2017, Google expressed interest in being the master developer to implement key aspects of the Diridon Station Area Plan. On December 4, 2018, the City Council adopted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Google, based partly on community input gathered in 2018. The MOU sets forth the guiding principles for collaboration between the City and Google and shared goals for future mixed-use, transit-oriented development, consistent with the DSAP vision. The MOU provides a foundation for work moving forward (see the Archive for additional information).

Prior to constructing any buildings, Google will need to submit an application for “planning entitlements” (or land use approvals) to the City and receive approvals from the City Council. The review process for the Google project will involve environmental review and negotiation of a Development Agreement, including a Community Benefits Plan.

The City anticipates reviewing Google’s application for a mixed-use development concurrently with the DSAP amendment process. The City Council will consider approval of the DSAP amendments, Google planning entitlements, and all associated environmental documents and legislative changes as part of the comprehensive planning process.

+ When will the process begin and what is the timeline?

The DSAP amendment and Google project review process is beginning this summer and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

+ Previous and Upcoming Events

The last three meetings of the City's Diridon Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) have included updates on the Google project and the City's DSAP amendment process. At the March 11, 2019 meeting, the City provided a summary of what happened in 2018 with the Google project and what to expect in 2019. At the May 22 meeting, the City provided an overview of anticipated process to amend the DSAP and review Google's development proposal. Google representatives also highlighted their approach to developing a mixed-use development proposal, including community engagement and timeline. At the August 22 meeting, City staff provided an update on the Citywide Anti-Displacement Strategy, and Google representatives presented their conceptual mixed-use framework. Visit the (SAAG) page to see the agendas, presentations, video recordings, and materials provided to the SAAG for these meetings.

Google hosted a community open house event on Saturday, August 24, at Arena Green West, and is conducting outreach throughout the summer to gather feedback on their conceptual mixed-use framework. The feedback will help inform their application for development review, which the City anticipates receiving in October 2019.

City staff is also attending community events this summer and fall to share information and answer questions about the process to amend the DSAP and review Google's application for a mixed-use development project. The next "pop-ups" will be at the District 2 Village Fest (September 7, 3:30-6:30pm, at the Village Oaks Shopping Center) and Viva Calle (September 22, 10:00am-3:00pm, near Diridon Station).

+ How can I learn more and get involved?

Info Memo to the City Council: Update on Planning and Community Engagement Process for Diridon Station Area and Proposed Google Mixed-Use Development

FAQs About Google and the Diridon Station Area (updated September 2019)

"Update on the Diridon Station Area Plan" Handout (May 2019)

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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’s Diridon Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) meeting on August 22nd included an update on the Citywide Anti-Displacement Strategy and a presentation by Google on their conceptual mixed-use framework. Here is the presentation and video recording.

  • City staff will have a “pop-up” table at the following community events to share information about what is happening in the Diridon Station Area:

    • Viva Calle SJ: Sunday, Sept. 22, 10:00 am-3:00 pm, near Diridon Station or Arena Green

  • Please take this short questionnaire (linked below) to provide input on public involvement opportunities for the upcoming planning processes (2019-20). The questionnaire will be open until September 25th.

  • Click here for updated FAQs on the Diridon Station Area and the Google Project (September 2019).