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File #: 19-0823   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 8/27/2019
Title: CONTINUED FROM AUGUST 13, 2019 TO AUGUST 27, 2019. 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. Report to Planning Commission 19-0529, July 22, 2019 (without attachments), 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. Excerpt of Planning Commission Minutes of 7/22/19, 8. Staff Presentation to Council 20190827, 9. Applicant Presentation to Council 20190827
Related files: 19-0529, 19-0858
REPORT TO COUNCIL

SUBJECT
Title
CONTINUED FROM AUGUST 13, 2019 TO AUGUST 27, 2019.
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
SUMMARY OF COMMISSION ACTION
The Planning Commission considered this item on July 22, 2019. The Planning Commission voted 5-0 (two absent), to recommend approval of Alternative 1: Initiate the GPI request to analyze changing the land use designation from Low Medium Density to Medium or High Density Residential for the subject properties located at 828 Morse Avenue and 560 E. Ahwanee Avenue, provided an application for a Development Agreement is filed at the same time as the General Plan Amendment application. The purpose of the Development Agreement would be to ensure that existing residents are provided the opportunity to relocate within the planned new development and to address affordability options within the development.

Five members of the public, including residents of the existing apartments, spoke regarding the General Plan Amendment Initiation (GPI) request. Concerns were raised regarding the displacement of the current residents, as well as lack of parking in the area and safety of the adjacent public streets. As part of the motion, direction was given to staff to include a study for how to maximize the opportunities for current residents to move on site with the goal of reducing the number of times they would relocate. Minutes from the Planning Commission meeting are included i...

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