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Butcher's Corner

The Butcher’s Corner site is located on the southwest corner of E. El Camino Real and Wolfe Road and extends along Fremont Avenue. The site is approximately 5 acres in size and has historically been used for agricultural and residential uses. The City approved the redevelopment of the site with 138 residential units and 6,934 square feet of retail/office use.

Contact

Noren Caliva-Lepe, Senior Planner, 408-730-7659

Progress

Project Status: Building permit under review

The project was approved by the City Council on December 13, 2016. The staff report and meeting minutes are available below:

City Council Report and Minutes, December 13, 2016

Planning Commission Report and Minutes, November 28, 2016

Approved Project

The approved project includes 138 residential units, consisting of 39 townhomes and 99 apartment units, and 6,934 square feet of retail/office use. The project also includes redevelopment of the corner office property into common open space for residents of the development. The application includes a Rezone for the corner office property from C-1/ECR to R-3/ECR, and approval of a Special Development Permit and Vesting Tentative Map. The Butcher property would remain at R-3/ECR.

The City Council required modifications to the project that are not yet reflected in the project plans, including a reduction of building height for the apartment building facing Fremont Avenue ranging from five to six stories. The City Council also approved the Heritage Resource designation of four Oak trees, including three Coast Live Oaks at the corner of El Camino Real and Wolfe Road and one Valley Oak in the middle of the site, which will be preserved and incorporated into the project. Revised plans reflecting City Council’s decision will be reviewed by the Planning Division prior to submittal of a building permit application.

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 Final EIR below.

The Draft EIR was available for public review and comment for 45 days, from April 8 to May 23, 2016. A Planning Commission public hearing to accept public comments on the Draft EIR was held on May 9, 2016.

Draft EIR (77 MB PDF)

The Final EIR, including the formal Response to Comments and corrections to the Draft EIR is below.

Final EIR (16 MB PDF)

Details

Approved Project Plans (19 MB PDF)

Documents

Final EIR Appendices (15 MB PDF)

Draft EIR Appendices (22 MB PDF)

Background

The project site, referred to as the “Butcher property”, is located on the southwest corner of E. El Camino Real and S. Wolfe Road and extends along E. Fremont Avenue. The site is approximately 5 acres in size and has historically been used for agricultural and residential uses. The site is currently developed with two homes. The site was previously an unincorporated “island” of Santa Clara County. The site has since been annexed into the City of Sunnyvale. The site is currently zoned R-3/ECR (Medium Density/Precise Plan for El Camino Real) and designated Residential High Density (RHI) in the General Plan.

The adjacent property located at the southwest corner of E. Fremont Avenue and S. Wolfe Road, referred to as the “corner office property”, has also been incorporated into the project site. The property is less than half an acre in size and is currently developed with a two-story medical (dental) office building. The site is currently zoned C-1/ECR (Neighborhood Commercial/Precise Plan for El Camino Real) and is also designated RHI in the General Plan.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2019
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