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File #: 19-0529   
Type: Report to Board/Commission Status: Passed
Meeting Body: Planning Commission
On agenda: 7/22/2019
Title: Proposed Project: General Plan Amendment Initiation request to study changing the General Plan designation of the site from Low Medium Density Residential to High Density Residential. Location: 828 Morse Avenue & 560 E. Ahwanee Avenue (APN: 204-08-027 & 204-08-029) File #: 2019-7301 Zoning: R-3/PD Applicant / Owner: FNZ Architects Inc. (applicant) / Sia Vassoughi (owner) Environmental Review: The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(a). Project Planner: Ryan Kuchenig, (408) 730-7431, rkuchenig@sunnyvale.ca.gov
Attachments: 1. Reserved for Report to Council, 2. Applicant's GPI Justification Letter, 3. Applicant’s Conceptual Site and Massing Plans, 4. Vicinity and Noticing Map, 5. General Plan Map of the Site and Vicinity, 6. Zoning Map of the Site and Vicinity, 7. Staff Presentation 20190722 (19-0529)
Related files: 19-0823, 19-0858
REPORT TO PLANNING COMMISSION

SUBJECT
Title
Proposed Project: General Plan Amendment Initiation request to study changing the General Plan designation of the site from Low Medium Density Residential to High Density Residential.
Location: 828 Morse Avenue & 560 E. Ahwanee Avenue (APN: 204-08-027 & 204-08-029)
File #: 2019-7301
Zoning: R-3/PD
Applicant / Owner: FNZ Architects Inc. (applicant) / Sia Vassoughi (owner)
Environmental Review: The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(a).
Project Planner: Ryan Kuchenig, (408) 730-7431, rkuchenig@sunnyvale.ca.gov

Report
REPORT IN BRIEF
General Plan Amendment Initiation (GPI) requests are heard on a quarterly basis through a recommendation from the Planning Commission and then action by the City Council. The process for considering a General Plan amendment begins with a written request from a property owner or applicant. If City Council approves the GPI, a formal application for a General Plan Amendment (GPA) can be filed by the property owner/applicant. While staff is processing the GPA application, the applicant may also file a project application and related items as applicable for concurrent processing. However, the City Council would need to approve the GPA and related rezoning before a project could be scheduled for a Planning Commission hearing.

Staff received a GPI request from the applicant on April 17, 2019 to change the General Plan designation from Low Medium Density Residential to High Density Residential to allow residential development at a maximum of 36 dwelling units per acre. Through the state's density bonus law, an additional 35% increase in units can be requested. And finally, an additional 5% density bonus may also be requested if the project meets the voluntary incentive requirements through the City's Green Building program.

Staff is recommending that the Planning Commission forward a recommendation to the City Council ...

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