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File #: 19-1037   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 12/3/2019
Title: Adopt a Resolution to Authorize a Priority Development Area in Moffett Park and Find that the action is exempt from CEQA
Attachments: 1. Resolution with Exhibit A
REPORT TO COUNCIL

SUBJECT
Title
Adopt a Resolution to Authorize a Priority Development Area in Moffett Park and Find that the action is exempt from CEQA


BACKGROUND
The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) works with local governments to plan sustainable regional growth. A major strategy of this effort is to focus growth near existing transportation, housing and jobs. This strategy links land use and transportation by encouraging the development of complete, livable communities in areas served by transit, and promotes conservation of the region's most significant resource lands. In addition, maximizing growth in transit-rich communities will help meet local and regional goals to lower vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.

Areas that have high levels of housing, transit and jobs are identified as potential ABAG Priority Development Areas, or PDAs. A local city council or board of supervisors nominates a PDA, which is then adopted by the ABAG Executive Board.

PDAs must be:
* Within an existing community
* Within a half-mile of frequent transit
* In an area planned for future housing and job growth

Sunnyvale currently has five adopted PDAs - the Downtown and Caltrain Station, Lawrence Station Transit Village, the El Camino Real Corridor, Tasman Crossing area and East Sunnyvale. Areas that are adopted as PDAs are eligible for regional grant funding, incentives and technical assistance.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
The action being considered is exempt from environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because it is a feasibility or planning study for possible future actions that have not been approved, adopted, or funded (CEQA Guidelines, Section 15262).

DISCUSSION
Staff has identified and recommended to ABAG that the Moffett Park Area (which is primarily the Moffett Park Specific Plan Area) be included as an additional Sunnyvale PDA. The Moffett Park Area is a job rich area that is served by VTA's light-rail an...

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