Lawrence Station Area Plan

The Lawrence Station Area Plan is a guide to future development of the area surrounding the Lawrence Caltrain Station in Sunnyvale, California. The focus of this Plan is limited to approximately 319 acres adjacent to the Station.


Project Approval

The Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) was approved by the City Council on December 6, 2016 and Ordinance No. 3103-16 was approved by the City Council on December 13, 2016. The final draft of the LSAP is not yet available; however, the red line version of the text from the City Council adoption hearing, along with most of the graphics in the draft document, will serve as the final draft until the document is formally finalized.


The purpose of this Plan is to promote greater use of this existing transit asset and guide the development of a diverse neighborhood of employment, residential, retail, other support services and open space. With a Plan horizon of 2035, the Plan includes goals, policies and guidelines to guide public and private investment in the area.


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Environmental Review

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that all state and local government agencies consider the environmental consequences of projects for which they have discretionary authority. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared and certified by the City Council. The certified EIR is comprised of the Draft EIR and the Final EIR.

Draft EIR

The Draft EIR was available for public review and comment for 47 days, from May 20, 2016 to July 5, 2016. A Planning Commission public hearing to accept public comments on the Draft EIR was held on June 27, 2016.

Final EIR

The Final EIR includes the formal response to comments and corrections to the Draft EIR.


Beginning in 2011, the City held a series of meetings seeking community feedback on the plan. The process of developing the Lawrence Station Area Plan relied on extensive input from the overall Sunnyvale community, business and property owners, the Sunnyvale Planning Commission, the Sunnyvale City Council and a Citizens Advisory Group (CAG).

A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) comprised of representatives from City, County and other local governments, and from Bay Area transportation agencies provided important input for the plan.


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