Sunnyvale

In the city of Sunnyvale, a two-bedroom apartment rents for nearly $3,000 per month. Far too many families are struggling with the burden of high housing costs and must endure ever-longer commutes to find a home they can afford. Sunnyvale has the opportunity to do better for its residents and we’re helping make it happen.

The process starts with specific plans that create more homes. But providing more homes is just one component of a thriving neighborhood. These plans should ensure that new development benefits all of Sunnyvale’s residents—giving them the ability to walk and bike to shops, providing workplaces, offering convenient transportation choices, and adding access to nature with pocket parks, street trees, and other natural amenities.

Greenbelt Alliance is working to ensure the City’s plan for the El Camino Real area creates thriving neighborhoods with homes that are affordable to people at all income levels.

Our Fixing the Foundation report identified key barriers to adding new homes in Sunnyvale. Using those findings as a guide, we are working to ensure the plan increases flexibility to allow for new homes to be built. We are also getting the community engaged to ensure residents have input and their needs are incorporated in the plan.

Our partners range from neighborhood associations and housing advocates to bicycle and pedestrian groups and local community-based organizations. The City hopes to adopt its plan in late 2017.

Goals

  • Sunnyvale’s El Camino Real Precise Plan allows at least 5,100 new homes along the corridor.
  • The city sets strong affordable housing goals and policies for the area so that everyone across the income spectrum can live close to where they work.
  • New development and streetscape improvements are focused near future Bus Rapid Transit stations, include protected bike lanes along El Camino Real, and integrate urban greening elements.

Resources

Greenbelt Alliance’s report Fixing the Foundation Local Solutions for Infill Housing and our City by City Analysis including Sunnyvale.

Sunnyvale El Camino Real Precise Plan Policy Platform

Comment Letter to Sunnyvale City Council: February 17, 2017

Map of the El Camino Real Plan Area

Sunnyvale

Staff Contact: Kiyomi Yamamoto

photo: SunnyvaleRocks via Flickr

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