East Sunnyvale

Background

The East Sunnyvale area is located in eastern Sunnyvale South of US Highway 101 and west of Lawrence Expressway. It is currently developed with a variety of industrial and residential uses, landscaping, and surface parking lots. The approximately 130-acre area is designated with both Industrial and Industrial to Residential in the City of Sunnyvale's General Plan and is zoned M-S (Industrial and Service) and M-S/ITR (Industrial and Service/Industrial to Residential [Densities Vary]). The project site area was primarily agricultural land up until the 1950s and 1960s.

In 2006, the General Plan Designation and Zoning were changed for four parcels in the area and an EIR (East Sunnyvale DEIR & FEIR) was prepared as part of the proposal. The sites were zoned Industrial to Residential (ITR) which allows the industrial uses to remain and then eventually transition to residential use. Recently three of the parcels have transitioned (or are in the process of transitioning) to residential uses. The remaining ITR site is currently occupied by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD, a manufacturer of microprocessors and flash memory devices). Other property in the vicinity includes a vacant manufacturing site (formerly Spansion), Sunnyvale Technology Park, CamAmerica, and several other industrial/office users.

Project at 915 De Guigne Drive

In the Spring of 2014, Watt Investments at Sunnyvale, LLC purchased 915 De Guigne Drive. The property owner/developer has submitted a formal application for the redevelopment of the 25.2 acre at 915 De Guigne Drive (Spansion Site) and 936 E. Duane Avenue. The proposed project consists of the following entitlement applications from the City of Sunnyvale:

  • General Plan Amendment to change the land use from Industrial to Residential Medium Density (up to 27 du/acre). A General Plan Amendment Initiation study was authorized by the City Council on May 6, 2014.
  • Rezoning from Industrial and Service (MS) to Medium Density Residential (R-3).
  • Special Development Permit for 450 three-story townhouse style units at 915 De Guigne Drive and a .79 acre public park site at 936 E. Duane Avenue (southwest corner of De Guigne Drive & E. Duane Avenue).
  • Vesting Tentative Map to create individual townhouse and common lots.

TheThe applicant is also funding a study to be contracted by the City, to assess the market feasibility of office/industrial land uses in the study area and the relative fiscal impacts and benefits to the City of residential and non-residential land uses.

The link below includes the current development plans:

Approved Project Plans (216 MB PDF)

The project is expected to be scheduled for public hearings with the Planning Commission in November, 2015 and City Council in December, 2015.

KEY DATES:

  • August 10, 2015:Planning Commission Public Hearing to gather public comment on the DEIR
  • August 15, 2015:45-day review period ends
  • October 26, 2015:Planning Commission Public Hearing on the General Plan Amendment, Rezone and Final Environmental Impact Report , and Sense of Place Plan (Recommendation to City Council)
  • November 17, 2015:City Council Public Hearing on the General Plan Amendment, Rezone and Final Environmental Impact Report , Sense of Place Plan
  • December 14, 2015:Planning Commission Public Hearing on the Special Development Permit and Tentative Map

Environmental Review

The applicant has funded the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), contracted by the City. The primary consultant to prepare the EIR is David J. Powers & Associates Inc. Additional sub-consultants include: Illingworth & Rodkin (Air Quality & Noise), Kimley-Horn (Traffic), Todd Groundwater (Water Supply Assessment), Cornerstone (Hazardous Materials), Holman & Associates (Cultural Resources). Comments regarding the environmental analysis were provided by the public and other agencies during the 30-day Notice of Preparation review period (11/3/14 – 12/2/14). In addition a public scoping meeting of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was held on Thursday, November 20, at City Hall in the Council Chambers. The City of Sunnyvale incorporates relevant information into the Draft EIR, including results of public scoping and technical studies. A copy of the Notice of Preparation is provided below.

45-Day Review Period – July 1, 2015 to August 14, 2015 A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has been prepared for the 915 DeGuigne Residential Project located at 915 DeGuigne and 936 E. Duane Ave. The EIR is available below and hardcopies are available at City Hall, the Library and Community Center for review.

Dropbox PDF Files:

CDs of the DEIR and Technical Appendices are available upon request by contacting the Planning Division at (408) 730-7444. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a minimum 45 day review of a draft EIR. The 45-day review period begins on July 1, 2015 and ends on August 14, 2015. The purpose of the 45-day review period is to provide comment on the adequacy of the DEIR. A Planning Commission hearing will be held on August 10, 2015 to take public testimony on the project. At the end of the 45 days, staff will compile all comments and work with the consultant to provide a response to comments. The response to comments and Final EIR will be brought forward for formal public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council.

October 22, 2015: Final EIR including Response to Comments

The Final Environmental Impact Report, including the formal Response to Comments, and corrections to the Draft EIR is now available.To view the Final EIR, click the following link:

The response to comments and Final EIR will be brought forward for formal public hearings with the Planning Commission on October 26, 2015 and City Council on November 17, 2015.

Sense of Place Plan

On November 17, 2016, the City Council adopted the East Sunnyvale Sense of Place Plan. This plan encompasses an approximately 127 acre area bounded by East Duane Avenue onthe north and east, Stewart Drive on the south, and North Wolfe Road, Fair Oaks Park, and theKings Academy School on the west. The Sense of Place plan, provides guidelinesfor enhanced transit, pedestrian, bicycle and automobile circulation within the study area. The City contracted withCallanderAssociates to prepare the plan. A copy of the adopted plan is provided below:

Final Sense of Place Plan

Public Outreach

A public outreach meeting was held by the developer on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. A public workshop for the Sense of Place Plan was also held on November 19, 2014. The developer has been meeting with residents to gather input and to get a better understanding of the community concerns. No additional public outreach meetings are scheduled at this time.

City Contacts

This webpage will be updated as new information comes in. Comments, questions, and concerns should be directed to Ryan Kuchenig, Senior Planner, (408) 730-7431.

 

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