East Weddell

Project Updates

Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report - February 21, 2014 – March 3, 2014

The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) has been completed and is available below. The purpose of the FEIR is to provide written responses to those comments provided during the 45-day public review period. In addition, the FEIR also contains clarifications and refinements to the Draft EIR and the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP).

PUBLIC HEARINGS
Final EIR, General Plan Amendments and Rezoning
Upcoming Public Hearings to consider Certification of the Final EIR, General Plan Amendments and Rezoning for the two project sites at 610 & 520 E. Weddell Drive:

The City Council certified the EIR, and approved the requested General Plan Amendments and Rezoning. For more information on the Environmental Review please refer to the discussion below.

Separate public hearings for the two development applications at 610 E. Weddell Drive and 520-550 E. Weddell are scheduled for Planning Commission in late April (see below).

Special Development Permits
Public Hearings for the two Special Development Permit applications at 610 E. Weddell Drive and 520-550 E. Weddell are scheduled for Planning Commission review on:

  • April 28, 2013 - Planning Commission Public Hearing

    KEY DATES:

    • September 9, 2013: Planning Commission Study Session on the DEIR
    • October 21, 2013: Planning Commission Public Hearing to gather public comment on the DEIR
    • October 23, 2013: 45-day review period ends
    • March 3, 2014: Planning Commission Public Hearing on the GPA, RZ, SDP and EIR
    • March 10, 2014: Planning Commission Public Hearing on the GPA & RZ
    • March 25, 2014: City Council Public Hearing on the GPA, RZ, SDP, and EIR

    Background

    Raintree Partners and Sares Regis are proposing to redevelop industrial sites into multi-family residential developments.  

    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. The City Council report has been included below for your 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. The City Council report has been included below.

    City Council Reports:

    Proposed Projects

    The project applicants have submitted separate applications for their project sites, which include General Plan Amendments, Rezonings, Special Development Permits, and potential Vesting Tentative Maps. Action on these projects will include modifications to the Tasman/Fair Oaks Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Circulation Plan and possible improvements to the SFPUC right-of-way. While separate applications have been filed for the two project sites, the environmental review will consider both projects (see discussion below).

    The applicant for the Raintree project proposes the construction of 465 residential apartment units within eight buildings. The units would be designed as stacked flats (single-story units with a common access hallway) in a variety of building types. The building types would include “wrap” buildings in which the units would surround one or more sides of a parking structure, “tuckunder” 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 would 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 would be 901,870 square feet (including garages).

    The applicant for the Sares Regis project proposes to construct one four-story residential building. The majority of the building would be less than 55 feet tall with one tower element that may reach 55 feet. The project would contain 205 residential apartments, a four-story parking garage, and associated common area with landscaping and amenities. Apartments would 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 begins on May 3, 2013. This time is provided for the public or other agencies to provide comments regarding the scope of the environmental analysis. The City will 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 will incorporate relevant information into the Draft EIR, including results of public scoping and technical studies. The Draft EIR will be circulated for public review and comment for the required 45-day public review period. Individuals and agencies may request, in writing, to be placed on a Notice of Availability list for the Draft EIR. In addition, the Draft EIR and related materials will be available for review on this Web page, at the Sunnyvale Public Library (address above), and at Sunnyvale City Hall, located at 456 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Following receipt of all written comments on the Draft EIR, the City of Sunnyvale will prepare Responses to Comments as part of the Final EIR, which will be considered and acted upon by the City of Sunnyvale’s Planning Commission and City Council. The City of Sunnyvale will provide notification of future public meetings for this project to individuals and agencies that have requested to be included on the project interest list.

    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

    45-Day Review Period – September 9, 2013 to October 23, 2013

    A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has been prepared for the East Weddell Projects located at 520-592 E. Weddell Ave. and 610 – 630 E. Weddell Ave. The environmental report covers two residential redevelopment projects within close proximity near the N. Fair Oaks Ave. and Highway 101 intersection. The project sponsored by Raintree Partners is located at 520-592 E. Weddell Ave. and includes 465 residential apartment units within eight buildings ranging in height of three to four stories. The project proposed by Sares-Regis is located at 610 – 630 E. Weddell Ave. and includes 205 residential apartment units in one four-story building. The projects requires a General Plan Amendment (GPA), Rezone (RZ), Special Development Permit (SDP), and Environmental Review (EIR). The EIR is available below and hardcopies are available at City Hall, the Library and Community Center for review.

    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


    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 September 9, 2013 and ends on October 23, 2013. 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 October 21, 2013 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. The key dates are noted below.

    RESOURCES

    Sunnyvale General Plan

    Zoning Code

    Tasman/Fair Oaks Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Circulation Plan

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