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Lawrence Station Area Plan

The City adopted the Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) in 2016 to guide future development of the area surrounding the Lawrence Caltrain Station in Sunnyvale, California. The focus of this Plan is limited to approximately 319 acres adjacent to the Station.

Contact

George Schroeder, Senior Planner, 408-730-7443

Progress

The City is studying additional housing opportunities and an expansion of the western boundary of the LSAP to include three additional office/research and development (R&D) sites. The City is also developing a Sense of Place Plan to enhance the area for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project is expected to be completed by early 2020.

Sense of Place Plan

The City is developing a Sense of Place Plan for the Lawrence Station area to address design criteria for streetscape elements (e.g. sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, etc.) and to prepare an implementation plan for these elements. On March 6, 2019, the City held the first community workshop to gather initial input from residents and other stakeholders towards the development of the Sense of Place Plan.

The City has posted an online survey to obtain additional input on existing conditions around the Lawrence Station area. The deadline to complete the survey is midnight on March 31, 2019.

Take the Lawrence Station Sense of Place Plan Survey

Notice of Preparation

The City released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the project's Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR is a technical document required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The 30-day NOP circulation period for agency and public comments was from Jan. 11, 2019 to Feb. 11, 2019.

Notice of Preparation

Environmental Scoping Meeting

The City held a public scoping meeting on Jan. 31, 2018 in the City Council Chambers to receive comments on environmental issues that should be addressed in the EIR as well as the range of alternatives to be evaluated. The scoping meeting was not a public hearing on the project, and no decisions were made.

Scoping Meeting Presentation

Housing Study

When the LSAP was adopted by the City Council on Dec. 6, 2016, the Council requested a study to identify additional housing opportunities within the LSAP area.

Map of existing housing allowances in the LSAP

The study's first step is to select a preferred alternative to increase housing opportunities. This alternative will be used to evaluate environmental impacts and necessary plan amendments. On June 26, 2018, the City Council selected the following alternative to study:

  • Option 3, which would increase the density allowance for MXD-I and MXD-II zoned areas and expand the area for housing, summarized as:
    • Study an additional 3,612 housing units: increase the total number of allowable housing units in the LSAP to 5,935;
    • Study an increase to the maximum density allowed in the MXD-I and MXD-II zoned areas to 100 dwelling units per acre (du/ac);
    • Study an expanded area that allows residential uses in the M-S/LSAP area east of Calabazas Creek (up to 100 du/ac); and to the O-R area on Reed. Avenue between Willow Avenue and Lawrence Expressway (up to 54 du/ac)
  • Direct staff to proceed with the study to amend the Lawrence Station Area Plan and the related environmental review.
  • Study a pedestrian/bicycle route from the M-S/LSAP area east of Calabazas Creek to the Lawrence Caltrain Station.

Preferred Housing Study Alternative as Selected by the City Council

The selected housing alternative does not require the City to amend the LSAP to include the associated housing increases, it merely allows staff to study the full extent of the potential impacts.

Boundary Expansion

On Aug. 14, 2018, the City Council authorized a study to include properties owned by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. at 932, 950, and 945-955 Kifer Road in the LSAP boundaries, and directed staff to include these amendments in the LSAP Housing Study. This would expand the existing boundary to the west, on either side of Kifer Road.

Details

Past Public Hearings

Report to Council 18-0631, August 14, 2018 - Proposed Project: General Plan Amendment Initiation to consider amending the Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) to expand the boundary of the plan area to include 932 and 950 Kifer Road (APNs 205-49-005 and 205-49-012)
Report to Board/Commission 18-0557, July 9, 2018 - Proposed Project: General Plan Amendment Initiation to consider amending the Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) to expand the boundary of the plan area to include 932 and 950 Kifer Road 
Report to Council 18-0505, continued from May 22, 2018 City Council meeting - Amend the Lawrence Station Area Plan: Select a Preferred Housing Study and Direct Staff to Complete Required Environmental Review
Report to Board/Commission 18-0259, May 14, 2018 - Amend the Lawrence Station Area Plan: Forward a Recommendation to the City Council to Select a Preferred Housing Study and Direct Staff to Complete Required Environmental Review

Community Meeting

City staff held an informational meeting to discuss the proposed options on April 11, 2018 at the Ponderosa Park Building, 811 Henderson Ave. Over 40 community members attended the meeting.

Community Meeting Notice
Community Meeting Presentation

Background

The City developed the Lawrence Station Area Plan to review ways to promote development near the Lawrence Caltrain Station that could encourage higher ridership levels at the station. Beginning in 2011, the City held a series of meetings seeking community feedback on the plan. The process of developing the plan relied on extensive input from the overall Sunnyvale community, business and property owners, the Sunnyvale Planning Commission, the Sunnyvale City Council and a Citizens Advisory Group (CAG).

A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) comprised of representatives from City, County and other local governments, and from Bay Area transportation agencies provided important input for the plan.

2008 Council Study Issue - CDD 18 (150 KB PDF download) - Lawrence Station Transit Village

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2019
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