East Weddell

Project Updates

The East Weddell development projects (520-550 E. Weddell Drive and 610 E. Weddell Drive) were approved by the Planning Commission on April 28, 2014. The project Environmental Impact Report (EIR), General Plan Amendment and Rezoning were approved by the City Council on March 25, 2014.

Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report, General Plan Amendments and Rezoning

Public Hearing documents related to the Final EIR, General Plan Amendment and Rezoning are available below.

Special Development Permit

Public Hearing Documents related to the Special Development Permits are available below.


The Raintree site includes two parcels located at 520 and 550 E. Weddell Drive, to the west of North Fair Oaks Drive near the Highway 101 interchange. A strip of property owned by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) bisects the site into a northern parcel (“Parcel A”) and southern parcel (“Parcel B”). Parcel A is designated as Industrial to Residential Medium to High Density in the General Plan, with a Zoning designation of M-S/ITR/R-3/PD (Industrial and Service/Industrial-to-Residential/Medium Density Residential/Planned Development). Under the current General Plan and Zoning designations, residential uses may be considered for Parcel A. Parcel B is designated as Industrial in the General Plan, with a Zoning designation of M-S/POA (Industrial and Service/Places of Assembly). Residential uses are not consistent with the current General Plan and Zoning designations for Parcel B. On July 17, 2012 the City Council approved an initiation request to allow Raintree Partners to submit a formal application to further study residential uses with a range of densities on Parcel B. A link to the July 17, 2012 City Council report is below for reference.

The Sares Regis site is located at 610 E. Weddell Drive, across North Fair Oaks Drive to the east. The SFPUC right-of-way borders the site along the north property line. The current General Plan designation is Industrial and the Zoning designation is M-S/PD (Industrial and Service/Planned Development). Residential uses are not consistent with the current General Plan and Zoning designations. On November 20, 2012 the City Council approved an initiation request to allow Sares Regis to submit a formal application to further study residential uses with a range of densities. At that time, City Council also directed staff to combine the environmental review for the Sares Regis project and the Raintree Partners project. A link to the November 20, 2012 City Council report is below for reference. 

East Weddell Projects

The project applicants submitted separate applications for their project sites, which included General Plan Amendments, Rezonings, Special Development Permits, and potential Vesting Tentative Maps. Action on these projects included modifications to the Tasman/Fair Oaks Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Circulation Plan and possible improvements to the SFPUC right-of-way. While separate applications were filed for the two project sites, the environmental review considered both projects together.

The applicant for the Raintree project proposed the construction of 465 residential apartment units within eight buildings. The units are designed as stacked flats (single-story units with a common access hallway) in a variety of building types. The building types include “wrap” buildings in which the units would surround one or more sides of a parking structure, “tuck-under” buildings in which units would be located above parking, and “on-grade” buildings in which residences would be located on the first floor with parking available in adjacent on-grade parking fields. The eight buildings range in height from three to four stories, using Type V (wood frame) construction for the residential units and Type I (concrete) construction for the structured parking. A mixture of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units is planned, with an average unit size of approximately 1,000 square feet. Total gross building square footage is approximately 901,870 square feet (including garages).

The applicant for the Sares Regis project proposed to construct one four-story residential building. Most the building ranges from 42 to 46 feet with one tower element that reaches 55 feet. The project contains 205 residential apartments, a four-story parking garage, and associated common area with landscaping and amenities. Apartments range in size from 575 square feet to 1,400 square feet and would include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The total gross square footage (gsf) of the residential building would be approximately 280,000 square feet and the gross square footage of the garage (Type I concrete construction) would be 135,000 square feet.

Environmental Review

A 30-day Notice of Preparation (NOP) public review period ran from May 3, 2013 to June 1, 2013, providing time for the public or other agencies to provide comments regarding the scope of the environmental analysis. The City also hold a public scoping meeting on May 22, 2013 to solicit input from the public regarding the scope of Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The City of Sunnyvale incorporated relevant information into the Draft EIR, including results of public scoping and technical studies. The Draft EIR circulated for public review and comment for the required 45-day public review period. Following receipt of all written comments on the Draft EIR, the City of Sunnyvale prepared Responses to Comments as part of the Final EIR, which were considered and acted upon by the City of Sunnyvale’s Planning Commission and City Council.

Key Environmental Review Elements

Notice of Preparation: 30-Day NOP period May 3, 2013 to June 1, 2013

Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting: May 22, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., City Council Chambers

Draft Environmental Impact Report

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was prepared for the East Weddell Projects located at 520-592 E. Weddell Ave. and 610 – 630 E. Weddell Ave. The DEIR covered the two residential redevelopment projects within close proximity near the N. Fair Oaks Ave. and Highway 101 intersection. The project proposed by Raintree Partners is located at 520-592 E. Weddell Ave. and the project proposed by Sares-Regis is located at 610 – 630 E. Weddell Ave. The projects required a General Plan Amendment (GPA), Rezone (RZ), Special Development Permit (SDP), and Environmental Review (EIR). The DEIR is available below.

Dropbox PDF Files (+8mb):
Draft Environmental Impact Report (21.6 MB)
Technical Appendices (9 MB)

Chapter Folders (4 mb max):
Cover – Chapter 2
Chapter 3 (3.1 - 3.14)
Chapter 3 (3.15 – 3.36)
Chapter 4 – 4.1
Chapter 4.2
Chapter 4.3
Chapter 4.4
Chapter 4.5
Chapter 4.6
Chapter 4.7
Chapter 4.8
Chapter 4.9
Chapter 4.10 – Chapter 8
Appendices A and B
Appendix C (Part 1)
Appendix C (Part 2)
Appendices D, E, and F

Final Environmental Impact Report

The Final EIR was completed and is available below. The purpose of the Final EIR is to provide written responses to those comments provided during the 45-day public review period of the Draft EIR. The Final EIR also contains clarifications and refinements to the Draft EIR and the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP).

Staff Contact

For additional information and questions on the East Weddell development projects, please contact Ryan Kuchenig at (408) 730-7431 or by e-mail.


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