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CEQA Notices

Public Comment Notices for Environmental Review Documents

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires public notification of the comment period for certain types of environmental review. This includes projects that require a Negative Declaration (ND), Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or Amendments to previously approved EIRs. The list of projects below provides basic information about the project, the comment period duration, the staff contact and a link to the actual notice.

How to Make Comments

Your views and comments on the environmental review for proposed projects within the City are welcome. You may submit comments by:

  • Email or phone to the project's planner
  • Mail to the attention of the project's planner:
    Sunnyvale Planning Division
    456 W. Olive Ave.
    Sunnyvale, CA CA 94088-3707

Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) CEQA Filings

Environmental Review: An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared pursuant to CEQA for the DSP Amendments and specific projects. The City Council certified the Final EIR and approved the DSP Amendments, Parking Study, and Development Agreements on Aug. 11, 2020. The Final EIR was available for comment between July 10, 2020 and Aug. 11, 2020. The Draft EIR was available for comment between Nov. 22, 2019 and Jan. 6, 2020 and the Planning Commission held a public hearing on Dec. 16, 2019. Comments received during the Draft EIR comment period are included in the Final EIR along with responses. See DSP Documents for the Final EIR, Draft EIR, and staff reports for the proposed DSP Amendments, Municipal Code Changes, Parking Study, and Development Agreements.

Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) - Municipal Code Changes (File #2017-8047)

Michelle King, Principal Planner, 408-730-7463

DSP Municipal Code Changes Notice of Determination 

Public Comment Period: Aug. 31 to Sept. 30

Proposed Project: Municipal Code changes to align with the DSP Amendments including changes to the land use mix and the intensity of development within the DSP area to allow additional residential and office uses and decrease the allowable hotel uses, as well as updates to the design guidelines and supplemental standards and a Zoning Map change moving one site from Block 1a to Block 1. This project was evaluated in the DSP EIR.

Location: Downtown Sunnyvale

Zoning: Downtown Specific Plan (DSP)

Applicant / Owner: City of Sunnyvale / Various

Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) - Amendment (File #2017-8047)

Michelle King, Principal Planner, 408-730-7463

DSP Notice of Determination

Public Comment Period: Aug. 13 to Sept. 13

Proposed Project: The proposed DSP Amendment includes the following changes to the Plan and Sunnyvale Municipal Code (SMC):

  • Increases to the allowable nonresidential square footage, number of residential units and building heights;
  • Program to exceed height and density limits through density bonus programs or provision of community benefits;
  • Policy changes to address the DSP evolving character;
  • Reorganization of the DSP chapters;
  • Clarification of the uses and character of the DSP districts;
  • Enhancements to the design guidelines;
  • Rezoning a portion of Block 1a to Block 1 (located on Altair Way between Aries Way and Taaffe Street;
  • Amendments to SMC Chapter 19.28 (DSP) and other changes to Title 19 and Title 13 (Streets and Sidewalks) for consistency with the adopted DSP;
  • Development Agreement between the City and STC Venture LLC for Block 18 in the DSP;
  • Development Agreement between the City and the Minkoff Group/Kasik for 100 Altair Way (former Post Office site); and
  • Consideration of study findings and recommendations on the Downtown Parking District (a Council Study Issue).

Location: Downtown Sunnyvale

Zoning: Downtown Specific Plan (DSP)

Applicant / Owner: City of Sunnyvale / Various

Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) - STC Development Agreement (File #2020-7182)

Trudi Ryan, Principal Planner, 408-730-7444

STC Development Agreement Notice of Determination 

Public Comment Period: Aug. 31 to Sept. 30

Proposed Project: Approving and adopting a Development Agreement (Ordinance No. 20-3164) between the City of Sunnyvale and STC Venture LLC and related entities ("CityLine") to construct 793 housing units, 181,931 square feet retail/commercial space, and 652,801 square feet of office space including underground parking and a publicly-accessible plaza, with buildings ranging in height from 90 feet (five to six stories) to 142 feet (12 stories). This project was evaluated in the DSP EIR.

Location: Block 18 of the DSP Area

Zoning: Downtown Specific Plan (DSP)

Applicant / Owner: City of Sunnyvale / Various

Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) - Minkoff Development Agreement (File #2020-7216)

Trudi Ryan, Principal Planner, 408-730-7444

Minkoff Development Agreement Notice of Determination 

Public Comment Period: Aug. 31 to Sept. 30

Proposed Project: Approving and adopting a Development Agreement (Ordinance No. 3165-20) to construct a seven-story (125-foot) Class A office building with 141,333 square feet of office and four levels of underground parking. This project was evaluated in the DSP EIR.

Location: 141 Taaffe St., 143 Taaffe St., 150 Aries Way, 60 Aries Way, and 141, 310, 350, 360, 370, and 380 Altair Way

Zoning: Downtown Specific Plan (DSP)

Applicant / Owner: City of Sunnyvale / Various

1296 Lawrence Station Road (File #2017-8060)

Kelly Cha, Associate Planner, 408-730-7408

Notice of Determination 2017-8060

Public Comment Period: Aug. 31 to Sept. 30

Environmental Review: The project is consistent with the Land Use and Transportation Element of the City’s General Plan and no additional environmental review is required pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15183 and Public Resources Code Section 21083.3.

Proposed Project:  Use Permit for a new six-story hotel with 128 rooms.

Location: 1296 Lawrence Station Road (APN: 104-33-012)

Zoning: Industrial and Service (M-S)

Applicant / Owner: Baywood Hotels (applicant) / Sunnyvale Holding LLC (owner)

475 North Fair Oaks Avenue and 585-595 Columbia Avenue (File #2019-7415)

Cindy Hom, Associate Planner, 408-730-7411

Notice of Exemption 2019-7415

Public Comment Period: Aug. 13 to Sept. 13

Environmental Review: Under the provisions of Section 15332, Class 32 (In-Fill Development) of the California Environmental Quality Act, the project is found to be exempt from further environmental review.

Proposed Project: The project consists of the demolition of existing residential structures on an 0.82-acre site and construction of an 18-unit residential subdivision consisting of three-story townhomes with associated site improvements and deviations from the minimum rear setback, maximum distance between main buildings, and maximum distance to trash enclosure. The project includes a rezoning to extend the PD Combining District boundary to include the 585 and 595 Columbia Avenue parcels and a vesting tentative map to create 18 residential lots and one common area lot.

Location: 475 North Fair Oaks Avenue and 585-595 Columbia Avenue

Zoning: R-3/PD and R-3

Applicant/Owner: ADL, 11 LLC (applicant)/Henry E Shepherd Trustee and Chung Tai Intl Chan Buddhist Assn (owner)

210-214 West Ahwanee Avenue (File #2018-7006)

Shetal Divatia, Senior Planner, 408-730-7637

Notice of Determination 2018-7006

Public Comment Period: Aug. 13 to Sept. 13

Environmental Review: The project is consistent with the Land Use and Transportation Element of the City's General Plan and no additional environmental review is required pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15183 and Public Resources Section 21083.3.

Proposed Project: Special Development Permit to demolish existing structures and construct 24 condominium units within two, four-story buildings. The project includes a Tentative Map to merge two lots and create 24 condominiums.

Location: 210-214 West Ahwanee Avenue

Zoning: R-4/PD

Applicant/Owner: Tapti, LLC (applicant and owner)

Last Updated: Sep 2, 2020
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