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East Sunnyvale

In December 2015, the City approved Watt Investments to redevelop a 25.2 acre parcel at 915 DeGuigne Drive (Spansion Site) and 936 E. Duane Avenue. The project consists of changing the use of the site from industrial to residential, developing 450 three-story townhouse units and .79 acre public park site. The City also adopted the East Sunnyvale Sense of Place Plan in conjunction with the project approval.


Planning Commission Approval of Special Development Permit, Vesting Tentative Map, and Variance

Dec. 14, 2015 - The Planning Commission:

  • Made the findings required by CEQA and adopted a Statement of Overriding Considerations and Mitigation Monitoring Program (with clarification that MMRP 4.2 shall not apply to the project)
  • Approved the Special Development Permit, Variance, and Vesting Tentative Map with modified conditions:
    • Allow for future public access to be provided from Fair Oaks Park to the southwest corner of the project site at the edge of the athletic field south of the Kings Academy building
    • Require that concierge trash service will be compatible with all future collection types
    • Study whether E. Duane shall include speed detection signs or other safer option near mid-block crossings
    • Recommend consideration of using the designated .8-acre public park as a community garden
    • Directed staff to work with Public Works to evaluate whether any improvements can be made to the E. Duane and San Lusito intersection as the road diet project moves forward

December 14, 2015 Staff Report and Attachments

City Council Approval of General Plan Amendment, Rezone and Final Environmental Impact Report, Sense of Place Plan

Nov. 17, 2015 - The City Council:

  • Certified the Environmental Impact Report, made the findings required by CEQA and adopted a Statement of Overriding Considerations and Mitigation Monitoring Program
  • Adopted a resolution amending the General Plan land use designation from Industrial to Residential Medium Density for 915 DeGuigne Drive and from Industrial to Public Facility: Park for 936 E. Duane Avenue
  • Introduced an ordinance to rezone 915 DeGuigne from M-S to R 3/PD and 936 E. Duane Avenue from M-S to PF; and
  • Adopted the East Sunnyvale Sense of Place Plan

November 17, 2015 Staff Report and Attachments


Approved Plans (211 MB PDF)

For additional information, contact Ryan Kuchenig, Senior Planner, at 408-730-7431.


East Sunnyvale Sense of Place Plan

On Nov. 17, 2015, the City Council adopted the East Sunnyvale Sense of Place Plan. This plan encompasses an approximately 127-acre area bounded by E. Duane Ave. on the north and east, Stewart Drive on the south, and North Wolfe Road, Fair Oaks Park, and the Kings Academy School on the west. The Sense of Place plan provides guidelines for enhanced transit, pedestrian, bicycle and automobile circulation within the study area. The City contracted with Callander Associates to prepare the plan.

East Sunnyvale Sense of Place Plan (5 MB PDF)

Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR)

The Final Environmental Impact Report was certified by the City Council on Nov. 17, 2015. The purpose of the FEIR is to provide written responses to those comments provided during the 45-day public review period of the Draft EIR. In addition, the FEIR also contains clarifications and refinements to the Draft EIR and the Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program (MMRP).

Final EIR (4 MB PDF)

Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was prepared for the project and was circulated for a 45-day public review period from July 1, 2015 to Aug. 14, 2015.

Draft EIR (6 MB PDF)


The East Sunnyvale area is located in eastern Sunnyvale South of US Highway 101 and west of Lawrence Expressway. It is currently developed with a variety of industrial and residential uses, landscaping, and surface parking lots. The approximately 130-acre area is designated with both Industrial and Industrial to Residential in the City of Sunnyvale's General Plan and is zoned M-S (Industrial and Service) and M-S/ITR (Industrial and Service/Industrial to Residential [Densities Vary]). The project site area was primarily agricultural land up until the 1950s and 1960s.

In 2006, the General Plan Designation and Zoning were changed for four parcels in the area and an EIR (East Sunnyvale DEIR and FEIR) was prepared as part of the proposal. The sites were zoned Industrial to Residential (ITR) which allows the industrial uses to remain and then eventually transition to residential use. Recently three of the parcels have transitioned (or are in the process of transitioning) to residential uses. The remaining ITR site is currently occupied by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD, a manufacturer of microprocessors and flash memory devices). Other property in the vicinity includes a vacant manufacturing site (formerly Spansion), Sunnyvale Technology Park, CamAmerica, and several other industrial/office users.

Last Updated: Aug 9, 2017