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File #: 18-0557   
Type: Report to Board/Commission Status: Passed
Meeting Body: Planning Commission
On agenda: 7/9/2018
Title: Proposed Project: General Plan Amendment Initiation to consider amending the Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) to expand the boundary of the plan area to include 932 and 950 Kifer Road (APNs 205-49-005 and 205-49-012). File #: 2018-7447 Locations: 932 Kifer Road (APN 205-49-005); 950 Kifer Road (APN 205-49-012); 945 Kifer Road (APN 205-40-002); and 955 Kifer Road (APN 205-40-001). Applicant/Owner: Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Environmental Review: The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15378 (a). Project Planner: George Schroeder, (408) 730-7443, gschroeder@sunnyvale.ca.gov
Attachments: 1. Not Used, Reserved for Report to Council, 2. Map of Intuitive Surgical Properties in LSAP, 3. Key Goals and Policies from General Plan and LSAP, 4. Applicant’s GPI Request Letter and Map, 5. General Plan and Zoning Maps of the Vicinity, 6. Noticing Map, 7. Staff Presentation 20180709 (18-0557).pdf
Related files: 18-0631
REPORT TO PLANNING COMMISSION

SUBJECT
Title
Proposed Project: General Plan Amendment Initiation to consider amending the Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) to expand the boundary of the plan area to include 932 and 950 Kifer Road (APNs 205-49-005 and 205-49-012).
File #: 2018-7447
Locations: 932 Kifer Road (APN 205-49-005); 950 Kifer Road (APN 205-49-012); 945 Kifer Road (APN 205-40-002); and 955 Kifer Road (APN 205-40-001).
Applicant/Owner: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Environmental Review: The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15378 (a).
Project Planner: George Schroeder, (408) 730-7443, gschroeder@sunnyvale.ca.gov

Report

REPORT IN BRIEF
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISI) has submitted a General Plan Amendment Initiation (GPI) request to include three sites into the Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP). Two sites are located immediately west of the LSAP boundary; one site (which is two assessor parcels) is immediately to the north of the boundary, near the other two sites. These three sites were not originally included in the LSAP because they are outside of the half -mile radius to the Lawrence Caltrain Station. The half-mile metric was used in developing the plan boundary because that is considered a "walkable" distance from the Caltrain station; properties on the eastern edge of the LSAP are over a half-mile from the train station.

The applicant is interested in expanding their existing presence in Sunnyvale along Kifer Road by adding new industrial, office, and R&D uses at 932 and 950 Kifer Road and at the private park at 945-955 Kifer Road (while retaining significant park area). ISI has expressed a desire to develop to floor area ratios (FAR) found in the LSAP (up to 100% FAR). The applicant recently developed and occupies an office building at 1020 Kifer Road and is currently constructing an office/R&D campus at 1050-1090 Kifer Road, and would like to consolidate operations near this new c...

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