The City Council has adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan that outlines the city’s vision for land use, transportation, parks, housing and other elements key to community quality of life. The updated Comprehensive Plan, which goes to the year 2030 and essentially serves as the “constitution” or general blueprint for the City, has been in the works for a number of years. The latest effort has included 24 meetings of the Citizens Advisory Committee, 29 CAC subcommittees, 28 PTC meetings and 24 Council meetings.
The plan includes elements with strategies to address housing, preservation of retail, less reliance on cars, prioritization of grade separation on the rail corridor, connected ecosystems, enhanced parks and open spaces, emergency preparedness, fiscal sustainability and more.
Specifically, the proposed plan calls for the non-residential growth cap to effectively remain the same as under the current plan, but is now citywide and will count conversions from retail or warehouse to office/R&D toward that cap. The cumulative cap of non-residential space would be 1.7 million square feet over the life of the plan since 1.3 million square feet has already been approved at the Stanford University Medical Center.
The policy framework and associated implementation measures are anticipated to result in a population growth of 8,435 to 10,455 within the city over the life of the plan (an average of 527 to 653 new residents per year) and a housing growth of 3,545 to 4,420 housing units (an average of 222 to 276 new units per year), a rate of population and housing growth exceeding the City’s long term average of 221 new residents and 164 new dwelling units per year between 1970 and 2014.