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 City is updating the plan to consider increasing housing and expanding the western LSAP boundary to include three additional sites. The City is also developing a Sense of Place Plan to enhance the area for pedestrians and bicyclists.
George Schroeder, Senior Planner, 408-730-7443
We are working on the plan amendments to increase the housing potential in the LSAP from 2,323 to 5,935 new units. The west boundary expansion under consideration is for three sites on Kifer Road owned by Intuitive Inc., a robotic surgery company headquartered in Sunnyvale. Intuitive plans to build a new corporate campus on those sites under the LSAP provisions for higher nonresidential development. A Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) is in progress. The SEIR analyzes the environmental effects of the added housing and boundary expansion for a new corporate campus. The SEIR will be ready for public review summer 2020. The Sense of Place Plan is being developed in parallel. A decision on the plan amendments, SEIR, and Sense of Place Plan is expected the end of 2020.
City staff held study sessions with the City Council on June 9, 2020 and Planning Commission on March 9, 2020 for a progress update and to solicit feedback. Several members of the public also provided comments. No formal decisions were made at the study session.
City Council Study Session Video, June 9, 2020 - Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) Housing Study/Boundary Expansion/Sense of Place Plan Update
Planning Commission Study Session Video, March 9, 2020 - Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) Housing Study/Boundary Expansion/Sense of Place Plan Update
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.
The study's first step is to select a preferred alternative to increase housing opportunities. This alternative is used to evaluate environmental impacts and necessary plan amendments. On June 26, 2018, the City Council selected the following alternative to study:
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.
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.
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 a community workshop to gather initial input from residents and other stakeholders towards the development of the Sense of Place Plan.
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.
The City held a public scoping meeting on Jan. 31, 2019 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.
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
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.
Draft Lawrence Station Area Plan (LSAP) (21 MB PDF)
Final Redline Version of the Lawrence Station Area Plan – updated text from the draft version
Lawrence Station Area Plan Incentive Program (251 KB PDF)
Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) (10 MB PDF)
DEIR Appendices (18 MB PDF)
Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) (12 MB PDF)
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