Planning process started: Summer 2013
Plan and EIR scheduled for adoption: Q4 2014/ Q1 2015
Campaign team members: Greenbelt Alliance; Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA); Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC)
Location on transit line: VTA lines 22 and 522; San Antonio and Mountain View Caltrain station
El Camino Real corridor
El Camino Real, a six-lane State highway, runs east-west through the city and is heavily influenced by its historic use as a major automotive arterial. The area includes low- and medium-intensity retail and commercial uses with some limited multi-family residential. Although newer development has occurred in some locations, the corridor includes many vacant and underutilized properties.
El Camino is also a major bus transit corridor- both VTA’s Line 22 (the line with the highest ridership in Santa Clara County) and Line 522 (a high ridership route with limited stops) travel along this route. The plan area is also within ½ mile of two Caltrain stations- San Antonio and downtown Mountain View. This will be the first comprehensive Precise Plan the city develops to implement the 2030 General Plan.
The GCC Campaign
The common platform from the Greenbelt Alliance, Peninsula Interfaith Action, and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition focuses on the following:
Train and motivate Mountain View residents to get involved in this planning process
The plan zones for higher density development along the corridor, encourages development of small parcels, and significantly more new homes
The plan includes provisions for building homes that are affordable for people with low and moderate incomes
The plan includes bicycle, pedestrian, and transit friendly design elements, for example little to no setbacks, high quality sidewalks, etc.
Progressive Parking Policies
The plan includes parking management strategies that encourage new development, i.e. reducing parking ratios, shared parking lots, and parking-in-lieu fees.
Proposed timeline for the plan area:
September 2013: Existing Conditions Reports
November 2013: Plan Alternatives Briefing Book
January 2014: 1st Public Workshop (review of plan alternatives)
January 2014: EIR Notice of Preparation
June 2014: Public Draft Precise Plan
July 2014: Public Draft EIR
End of 2014: Adoption of Final Precise Plan