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File #: 17-0337   
Type: Report to Council Status: Public Hearing/General Business
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 4/11/2017
Title: Proposed Project: PEERY PARK PLAN REVIEW PERMIT to allow a 150,651 square foot four-story office/R&D building and a detached six-level with partial underground parking structure, resulting in 100% FAR, in the Peery Park Specific Plan area. The project includes a 2,500 square foot retail space on the ground floor. File #: 2015-8110 Location: 675 Almanor Ave. (APNs: 165-44-006 165-44-012) Applicant / Owner: Chang Architecture/Almanor Ventures LLC Environmental Review: The project is exempt from additional CEQA review per CEQA Guidelines section 15168(c)(2) and (4) and Public Resources Code Section 21094(c). The project is within the scope of the Peery Park Specific Plan Program EIR as no new environmental impacts are anticipated and no new mitigation measures are required.
Attachments: 1. Report to Planning Commission 17-0222, 3-13-17, 2. Vicinity and Noticing Map, 3. Project Data Table, 4. Recommended Findings, 5. Standard Requirements and Recommended Conditions of Approval, 6. CEQA Checklist for PPSP EIR Compliance, 7. PPSP EIR- Mitigation Monitoring and Report Program (MMRP), 8. Link to the Peery Park Specific Plan Webpage, 9. Proposed Community Benefits Program, 10. Site and Architectural Plans, 11. Arborist Report, 12. ALUC Determination, 13. Excerpt of Planning Commission Minutes of 3-13-17
Related files: 17-0222, 17-0455
REPORT TO CITY COUNCIL

SUBJECT
Title
Proposed Project: PEERY PARK PLAN REVIEW PERMIT to allow a 150,651 square foot four-story office/R&D building and a detached six-level with partial underground parking structure, resulting in 100% FAR, in the Peery Park Specific Plan area. The project includes a 2,500 square foot retail space on the ground floor.
File #: 2015-8110
Location: 675 Almanor Ave. (APNs: 165-44-006 165-44-012)
Applicant / Owner: Chang Architecture/Almanor Ventures LLC
Environmental Review: The project is exempt from additional CEQA review per CEQA Guidelines section 15168(c)(2) and (4) and Public Resources Code Section 21094(c). The project is within the scope of the Peery Park Specific Plan Program EIR as no new environmental impacts are anticipated and no new mitigation measures are required.

Report
Project Planner: Momoko Ishijima, (408) 730-7532, mishijima@sunnyvale.ca.gov

SUMMARY OF COMMISSION ACTION
The Planning Commission considered this item on March 13, 2017.

The Planning Commission commended: the architectural design of the project with the use of quality materials and angular forms; and, the preservation of the redwood trees along the street frontage. The Planning Commission commented that the proposed artistic screening on the parking structure should be applied on all elevations. There were no public speakers. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend to City Council in accordance with the original staff recommendation, with two modifications (Alternative 2):
* Amend Condition BP-10 to require planting of estate-sized trees as appropriate for the site; and,
* Amend Condition BP-27 to require the integration of the art on all sides of the parking structure.

PUBLIC CONTACT
Public contact was made by posting the Council agenda on the City's official-notice bulletin board outside City Hall, at the Sunnyvale Senior Center, Community Center and Department of Public Safety; and by making the agenda and report available at the Sunnyvale Public Library, the Office of the City Clerk and on the City's website.

ALTERNATIVES
1. Make the required Findings to approve the CEQA determination that the project is within the scope of the Peery Park Specific Plan (PPSP) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and no additional environmental review is required in Attachment 4; and approve the Peery Park Plan Review Permit subject to the PPSP Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program in Attachment 7, adopt the Findings for the Peery Park Plan Review Permit, Sense of Place fee and Water Infrastructure in Attachment 4, including the deviation for parking and adopt the recommended Conditions of Approval set forth in Attachment 5, as modified by the Planning Commission.
2. Alternative 1 with modified Conditions of Approval.
3. Do not make the CEQA Findings and direct staff as to where additional environmental analysis is required.
4. Deny the Peery Park Plan Review Permit and provide direction to staff and applicant on where changes should be made.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
Alternative 1: Make the required Findings to approve the California Environmental Quality Act determination that the project is within the scope of the Peery Park Specific Plan (PPSP) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and no additional environmental review is required in Attachment 4 to the report; and approve the Peery Park Plan Review Permit subject to PPSP Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program in Attachment 7 to the report, adopt the Findings for the Peery Park Plan Review Permit, Sense of Place fee and Water Infrastructure fee in Attachment 4 to the report, including the deviation for parking and adopt the recommended Conditions of Approval set forth in Attachment 5 to the report, as modified by the Planning Commission.


The proposed project provides a mix of uses, quality design and public spaces envisioned in the Peery Park Specific Plan Innovation Edge district. The buildings are designed to minimize visual impacts to nearby residential neighborhoods and oriented to create stronger pedestrian connections in and around the site.

Prepared by: Momoko Ishijima, Associate Planner
Reviewed by: Gerri Caruso, Principal Planner
Reviewed by: Andrew Miner, Planning Officer
Reviewed by: Trudi Ryan, Community Development Director
Reviewed by: Kent Steffens, Assistant City Manager
Approved by: Deanna J. Santana, City Manager

ATTACHMENTS
1. Report to Planning Commission 17-0222, March 13, 2017 (without attachments)
2. Vicinity and Noticing Map
3. Project Data Table
4. Recommended Findings
5. Standard Requirements and Recommended Conditions of Approval (as modified by the Planning Commission)
6. CEQA Checklist for PPSP EIR Compliance
7. PPSP EIR - Mitigation Monitoring and Report Program (MMRP)
8. Link to the Peery Park Specific Plan Webpage
9. Proposed Community Benefits Plan
10. Site and Architectural Plans
11. Arborist Report
12. ALUC Determination

Additional Attachments for Report to Council
13. Excerpt of Minutes of the Planning Commission Meeting of March 13, 2017