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File #: 20-0762   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 9/15/2020
Title: Proposed Project: General Plan Amendment Initiation request to consider amending the General Plan designation from Commercial to Medium Density Residential on two sites totaling 1.2-acres. Location: 1313 S. Wolfe Road (APN: 309-10-026 and 309-10-027) File #: 2020-7031 Zoning: C-1 (Neighborhood Business)/PD (Planned Development) General Plan: Commercial Applicant / Owner: 4Terra Investments (applicant) / Desmond Family Real Estate Limited Partner (owner) Environmental Review: The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(a). Project Planner: Mary Jeyaprakash, (408) 730-7449, mjeyaprakash@sunnyvale.ca.gov
Attachments: 1. Report to Planning Commission, 20-0276, 8/10/20, 2. Applicant Project Description and GPI Letter, 3. Applicant Conceptual Site Plan, 4. Vicinity and Noticing Map, 5. General Plan Map of Site and Vicinity, 6. Zoning Map of Site and Vicinity, 7. Recently Approved Large Residential Projects, 8. Excerpt of PC Meeting Minutes of 8/10/20, 9. Presentation to Council 20200915
Related files: 20-0276
REPORT TO COUNCIL

SUBJECT
Title
Proposed Project: General Plan Amendment Initiation request to consider amending the General Plan designation from Commercial to Medium Density Residential on two sites totaling 1.2-acres.
Location: 1313 S. Wolfe Road (APN: 309-10-026 and 309-10-027)
File #: 2020-7031
Zoning: C-1 (Neighborhood Business)/PD (Planned Development)
General Plan: Commercial
Applicant / Owner: 4Terra Investments (applicant) / Desmond Family Real Estate Limited Partner (owner)
Environmental Review: The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(a).
Project Planner: Mary Jeyaprakash, (408) 730-7449, mjeyaprakash@sunnyvale.ca.gov

Report
SUMMARY OF COMMISSION ACTION
The Planning Commission considered this item on August 10, 2020.

The Planning Commission voted 4-3 to forward to the City Council the staff recommendation to deny the General Plan Amendment Initiation request with the following modification to the staff report:
* Note that the correct references to the General Plan Land Use Map and Zoning Map on page 3 of the Report to Planning Commission should be Attachments 5 and 6 (instead of the incorrect references to Attachments 6 and 7).

The Planning Commission discussed the following issues regarding the request (see meeting minutes in Attachment 8): staff comments follow each item.

* The potential of vertical mixed use with residential on top of commercial or office.
o Staff comment: The land use designation would need to be changed to a residential designation whether all residential or mixed-use with residential because residential is not allowed in a C-1 zoning designation.
* The differences between C-1 and C-2 zoning districts.
o Staff comment: The C-1 zoning is for less intensive neighborhood-type commercial uses. For instance, the maximum height of a building in C-1 is 40 feet versus 75 feet for C-2. Also, a hotel is allowed with a Use Permit in the C-2 zone but not all...

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