Public gets first look at Draft Vallco Specific Plan

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The City of Cupertino has released the Public Review Draft of the Vallco Specific Plan, which contains the development parameters for redevelopment of the Vallco Special Area.

The Specific Plan aims “to transform the existing Vallco Shopping Mall site into a walkable, mixed-use district anchored by retail, entertainment and cultural uses, and supported by new neighborhoods, employment areas and public open spaces,” according to the public draft, which is now available for review on the City website.

The Specific Plan states the Vallco site “would provide a major new destination for Cupertino residents and visitors to socialize, work, and enjoy the shops, restaurants and streetscapes,” and envisions a variety of housing types to accommodate a range of housing needs and would promote affordable housing options.

The Plan was crafted with extensive community engagement to identify the concerns and aspirations of Cupertino residents and workers, according to the City.

The Plan’s creation also included an analysis of the site and real estate market conditions in the region, to help define potential redevelopment opportunities for the Plan Area.

Meetings

There will be an Environmental Review Committee (ERC) meeting at City Hall, Room EOC, on Friday, Aug. 31 at 9:30 a.m. for the community to consider adoption of the plan.

Following the ERC Meeting, there will be a Planning Commission meeting at Community Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. for the community to discuss adopting the Vallco Specific Plan and a Development Agreement proposed by the Vallco Property Owner, LLC. It is tentatively scheduled to go before the Cupertino City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.

The Specific Plan is a separate alternative for the Vallco site from the project application that Sand Hill Property Company submitted in March, Vallco Town Center. It features 2,402 housing units –  half of those will be set aside as affordable housing – along with a 30-acre rooftop park, two town center plazas, office space and a retail and entertainment district anchored by a new state-of-the-art AMC movie theater, bowling alley and ice rink facility. The submitted plan complied with the requirements of the State Law SB35, aiming to streamline the project.

On June 22, Sand Hill Property Company received a Notice of Streamlining Eligibility from the City, which confirmed the Town Center’s qualification for streamlined review pursuant to SB35. After the notice was released, the City was given 90 days to review technical plans to prepare for the issuance of development permits, demolition and building permits. If the City approves the project by the end of 90 days, the Town Center plan will proceed.

To access the public draft and learn more about upcoming meetings, visit the City of Cupertino website.

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