Planning for a Livable Valley8/10/2017 1:00 PM |
Planning for a livable valley where we can all move around easily is one of VTA’s major priorities. One example of where we’re trying to do that is in South San Jose near Highway 85 and Cottle Road, right near the VTA Cottle light rail station.
There’s a plot of land which VTA owns, it’s a park and ride lot right now, and we’re working with the City of San Jose to make it a space that allows people to live and work near public transportation, which helps clear the air, ease traffic and get you moving more efficiently and reliably.
VTA’s “Joint Development” program works with municipal and private partners to encourage the development of housing, retail and employment centers in places that will help increase transit ridership and contribute to a vibrant community. Among VTA’s Joint Development requirements is that 20% of housing on a particular site must be affordable.
VTA is embarking on preparing this site for a project, beginning with talking to the community about its plans. The current land use designation allows for commercial development only like offices and shopping centers. VTA has submitted a General Plan Amendment application to the City of San Jose proposing that this property be designated to include a mix of commercial and residential units to better meet the needs of our growing valley.
The City of San Jose Planning Department will host a community meeting to discuss these plans on Monday, August 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Southside Senior Center at 5585 Cottle Road, San Jose.
We encourage you to join us for a more complete explanation of the plans we have for solutions that move you.