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File #: 16-0843   
Type: Report to Board/Commission Status: Passed
Meeting Body: Planning Commission
On agenda: 3/27/2017
Title: Land Use and Transportation Element and EIR Forward Recommendations related to the LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION ELEMENT of the General Plan (2016-7708) to the City Council to: Adopt a Resolution to: * Certify the EIR; * Make the Findings Required by the California Environmental Quality Act; * Adopt the Statement of Overriding Considerations and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; * Adopt the Water Supply Assessment; * Repeal the Southern Pacific Corridor Specific Plan Sites 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9; and * Amend the General Plan to Adopt the Land Use and Transportation Element.
Attachments: 1. Not Used, 2. CEQA and General Plan Resolution, 3. LUTE Final EIR, 4. 2017 Draft LUTE, 5. General Plan Table of Contents, 6. Links to Horizon2035 Website and Other Sources, 7. Council Policy on Jobs-Housing Imbalance, 8. Southern Pacific Corridor Specific Plan, 9. Open City Hall Results-Snapshot, 10. Comments on LUTE received with DEIR comments, 11. Comparison of Goals and Policies: Adopted LUTE to Draft LUTE, 12. Minutes of Sustainability Commission, 10-17-16, 13. Minutes of HHSC, 10-19-16, 14. Minutes of BPAC, 10-20-16, 15. Minutes of ALUC, 01-25-17, 16. Approved and Pending General Plan Amendment, 17. Written Comments on LUTE
Related files: 17-0379

REPORT TO PLANNING COMMISSION

SUBJECT

Title

Land Use and Transportation Element and EIR

Forward Recommendations related to the LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION ELEMENT of the General Plan (2016-7708) to the City Council to:

Adopt a Resolution to:

                     Certify the EIR;

                     Make the Findings Required by the California Environmental Quality Act;

                     Adopt the Statement of Overriding Considerations and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program;

                     Adopt the Water Supply Assessment;

                     Repeal the Southern Pacific Corridor Specific Plan Sites 1, 6, 7, 8 and 9; and

                     Amend the General Plan to Adopt the Land Use and Transportation Element.

 

Report

REPORT IN BRIEF

The Land Use and Transportation Element (LUTE) of the Sunnyvale General Plan is an expression of community values and desired quality of life and provides a plan for accommodating and directing change in the community. It establishes a land use and related transportation plan for land use and development in the City. The LUTE typically plans for “buildout” (in Sunnyvale, buildout is primarily redevelopment of existing land uses) to occur over a 20-25 year timeframe, even though historically change has occurred at a slower pace.

 

The Horizon 2035 LUTE 2017 Public Hearing Draft (Attachment 4-which includes staff recommended modifications to respond to comments on the Draft EIR and community feedback on the LUTE) and LUTE Final EIR (Attachment 3) are available for public review. These documents, along with a strikeout version comparing the prior (2016) Draft LUTE to the most recent (2017) version, are also found on the project webpages Horizon2035.inSunnyvale.com. This staff report provides historical and contextual information on the update to the Horizon 2035 Land Use and Transportation Element (Horizon 2035 LUTE or LUTE) and the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the LUTE.

 

Land Use and Transportation Element

The Land Use component of the LUTE addresses how much and where various categories of land use (e.g., housing, commercial, industrial, etc.) can be placed within the City. Note that the Housing Element (Chapter 5), which was updated in 2015, addresses housing affordability. Transportation policies in the draft LUTE focus on a regional approach to reducing vehicle miles traveled, complete streets, alternative transportation modes, and supporting mixed-use development that allows for car-light and car-free living in Sunnyvale.

 

The LUTE accommodates land use and transportation changes in areas highlighted in the Changing Conditions map (Figure 1 on page 11 of the Draft LUTE), including the areas covered by the Peery Park Specific Plan, Lawrence Station Area Plan, El Camino Real Plan, and proposed Village Centers.

 

The Horizon 2035 LUTE plans for the potential buildout of about 72,100 housing units and 59.8 million square feet of industrial, office and commercial space. Since the commencement of the update to the LUTE, several interim land use and policy decisions have been made, including adoption of the Peery Park Specific Plan, Lawrence Station Area Plan, part of the East Sunnyvale industrial to residential area and other smaller sites.

 

The following table shows the existing development (i.e. 2014 Conditions) and build out scenarios of several versions of the General Plan. The 2014 LUTE is described as the existing General Plan in the EIR.