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Civic Center Modernization Master Plan

The Sunnyvale Civic Center, located at the corner of El Camino Real and Mathilda Avenue, is home to the City’s primary administrative facilities (City Hall), Library, and Department of Public Safety Headquarters.

As the population of Sunnyvale has grown, so has the demand for City services and accordingly, the City's office space needs. However, over many years, facilities at the Civic Center have become dated and inefficient. Civic Center buildings range in age between 30 and 60 years old.

In early 2015, the City began an extensive community engagement process to evaluate how facilities at the Civic Center could be renovated or replaced. Through this process, the City developed a Needs Assessment, Vision Statement and Success Criteria for the project that are intended to guide further planning efforts.

In 2017, two Master Plan options for the Civic Center were developed for building placement, site circulation, parking facilities and open space features. In November 2017, the City Council selected Option 1 Plaza as the alternative for further environmental analysis.

In September 2018, Council adopted a resolution to Certify the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), findings required by the California Environmental Quality Act and the Statement of Overriding Considerations and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program. During this time, Council directed City Staff to proceed with the design for a Net Zero City Hall Building. 


Allison Boyer, Assistant City Engineer, 408-730-7516


Civic Center Modernization Master Plan

On Sept. 25, 2018, City Council approved the Civic Center Modernization Master Plan and certified the Final Environmental Impact Report. The Master Plan is a long-term, multi-phased implementation plan to modernize and expand the entire Civic Center campus.

Report to Council 18-0799,  Sep. 25, 2018 - Adopt the Civic Center Modernization Master Plan

Report to Council 17-0835, Nov. 7, 2017 - Selection of a Preferred Alternative for the Civic Center Master Plan. The City Council selected Option 1 - Plaza as the preferred alternative for the Civic Center Master Plan. 

Master Plan Option 1 – Plaza


The preparation of a Master Plan for the Civic Center has been completed.

Civic Center Modernization Master Plan (23 MB PDF) 


Civic Center FEIR (12 MB PDF)

Notice of Preparation

Civic Center Community Workshop Master Plan Alternatives- Oct. 12, 2017

City Council Study Session on Master Plan Alternatives - Sept. 12, 2017

Report to City Council 17-0617, Jul. 25, 2017 - Direction for the Annex Building and a Public Safety Addition

Report to City Council 17-0136, May 23, 2017 - Award of Civic Center Master Planning Contract (includes presentation)

Report to City Council 16-0072, Oct. 25, 2016 - Approval of Master Plan Scope of Work (includes presentation)

Report to City Council 16-0077, May 17, 2016 - Community Survey Results (includes presentation)

Development of Civic Center Land Use Prototypes
Civic Center Land Use Prototypes

2015 Community Outreach Process Results
View the Community Engagement Plan
Civic Center Final Project Report (15 MB PDF)
Focus Group Summaries

Defining Success for the Civic Center Project - May 2015
Vision Statement
Success Criteria
Needs Assessment

Workshop 3: Site Planning Design Charrette - Oct. 3, 2015
Community Site Planning Design Charrette

All Commission Workshop: Site Planning Design Charrette - Aug. 16, 2015
All Commission Workshop Site Planning Design Charrette

Workshop 2: Land Use Options & Space Needs - Jul. 25, 2015
The project developed a needs assessment for the major facilities at the 26-acre Civic Center including the Library, City Hall, and Public Safety Headquarters. It considered how City services are delivered and looked for opportunities to make improvements. The community helped define potential uses for the site and weighed in with their opinion on how space for the community is included in the plan.

Workshop 1: Vision and Success Criteria - Apr. 25, 2015
Meeting Minutes and Public Comments Part 1
Public Comments Part 2


Report to Council 15-0111, Feb. 24 2015 - Community Engagement Plan for the Civic Center Modernization Project
Civic Center Strategic Planning Session - Sept. 2, 2014
Current Civic Center Facilities

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2019