Plan Jose

Envision San Jose 2040

Envision 2040, San Jose’s bold blueprint for growth over the next three decades, was approved by the City Council on Nov. 1, 2011. This result was the culmination of more than four years of planning.

The approved version of the updated General Plan includes important conservation safeguards: the Coyote Valley and South Almaden Valley urban reserves are off limits to development through 2040 and are recognized as wildlife corridors.

Strong language aims to make San Jose more walkable and bike-friendly for all ages. And urban villages are proposed throughout the city, especially near transit, which will make better use of existing infrastructure, provide more customers for local merchants, and lead to the kind of communities that attract Millennials and Boomers alike. The plan also includes strong health goals, such as ensuring equitable access to parks, trails and healthy food.

In order to successfully implement this visionary document, a strong partnership is needed between the City of San Jose, residents, students and advocates.

San Jose Diridon Transit Station

Diridon Transit Station is just a few blocks west of the heart of downtown San Jose. Opposite the HP Pavilion, it is surrounded by surface parking, old warehouses, and newer homes. The Alameda (Highway 82) runs near the station, which marks the southern end of an initiative that envisions a revitalized Grand Boulevard from Daly City to San Jose.

Diridon has the potential to become a world-class transit hub. Already served by Caltrain, Amtrak, ACE and VTA’s light rail, plans are in place to add BART, Bus Rapid Transit and high-speed rail. This station can be the catalyst that breathes new life into a city often viewed as Silicon Valley’s bedroom community. San Jose has been undergoing a transformation as condo towers and City Hall shape downtown’s skyline.  The creation of a “Grand Central Station” at Diridon is a critical component for the cultural and civic center of San Jose.


Plan Jose News

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014     

Before Urban Villages Were Cool

A resident of Willow Glen in San Jose since 1979, Larry has been advocating for walkable, bikeable neighborhoods long before it was the popular sentiment it is today. San Jose is finally catching up with plans for 70 urban villages peppered throughout the city. Continue reading

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014     

Presenting… the community’s vision for two urban villages

The City of San Jose is close to wrapping up two more urban village plans: for West San Carlos Street and South Bascom Avenue. Read our community platform here. Continue reading

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Friday, February 28th, 2014     

Our comments on San Jose’s Diridon Station Plan

On February 13, the 60-day comment period for the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR) for Diridon Station came to a close. Our goals for the area include a strong mix of uses, including homes affordable to a range of incomes, and a variety of parks and open spaces. Continue reading

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