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File #: 19-0557   
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 from Commercial to Medium Density Residential on a 2.3 acre site (Sunnyvale Lumber) Location: 870 W. Evelyn Street (APN:165-16-004) File #: 2019-7298 Zoning: C4 (Service Commercial) General Plan: Service Commercial Applicant / Owner: Trumark Homes Environmental Review: The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(a). Project Planner: Margaret Netto, (408) 730-7628, mnetto@sunnyvale.ca.gov
Attachments: 1. Reserved for Report to Council, 2. Applicant's GPI Letter, 3. Applicant's Justification Letter, 4. Conceptual Site Plan, 5. Vicinity and Noticing Map, 6. General Plan Map of Site and Vicinity, 7. Zoning Map of Site and Vicinity, 8. Study Area Map, 9. Recently Approved Residential, 10. Staff Presentation 20190722 (19-0557)
Related files: 19-0860
REPORT TO PLANNING COMMISSION

SUBJECT
Title
Proposed Project: General Plan Amendment Initiation request to study changing the General Plan designation from Commercial to Medium Density Residential on a 2.3 acre site (Sunnyvale Lumber)
Location: 870 W. Evelyn Street (APN:165-16-004)
File #: 2019-7298
Zoning: C4 (Service Commercial)
General Plan: Service Commercial
Applicant / Owner: Trumark Homes
Environmental Review: The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(a).
Project Planner: Margaret Netto, (408) 730-7628, mnetto@sunnyvale.ca.gov

Report
REPORT IN BRIEF
General Plan Amendment Initiation (GPI) requests are considered 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 (Attachment 2). If the City Council approves the GPI, a formal application for a General Plan Amendment (GPA) may be filed by the property owner/applicant. The City Council must approve the GPA and related rezoning (RZ) before the specific project is scheduled for a Planning Commission hearing.

Staff received a GPI request from the applicant on April 15, 2019 requesting to change the General Plan designation for the 2.3 acre Sunnyvale Lumber site at 870 West Evelyn Avenue from Service Commercial to Medium Density Residential to allow a residential development at a maximum of 24 dwelling units per acre. For purposes of discussion regarding this GPI request, the applicant has submitted a site plan (Attachment 3) that shows conceptually how 50 three-story townhomes could be designed at a density of 21.36 dwelling units per acre on this site.

Staff understands the importance of balancing an increase in the housing supply in the City and the need to preserve service commercial and industrial zoning for smaller service businesses. The City has tak...

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