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Response to Comments (RTC) Document of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
The Response to Comments (RTC) Document of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is now available. The RTC document and the Draft EIR together comprise the Final EIR. Prior to final action on the project, the City Council must certify that the Final EIR has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. Final decision on the project is expected in late Fall 2014. Any interested persons may attend the following Study Sessions on the Final EIR which will be held at the Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue (next to the library):
Planning Commission, September 9, 2014, 6:45 p.m.
City Council, October 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Housing Commission Special Meeting
The Housing Commission held a special meeting on August 28, 2014 to review and make a recommendation on the draft Housing Element and associated zoning amendments. The meeting provided an opportunity for the community to ask questions and submit comments on the project.
Climate Action Plan Study Sessions
The City Council and Planning Commission each held a study session to receive an update on the Climate Action Plan (CAP) efforts, review greenhouse gas reduction measures to be considered for analysis in the environmental review process, and hear public comments and questions.
Planning Commission Study Session
City Council Study Session
Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
In June 2014, the City published a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that analyzes the potential environmental impacts related to the draft General Plan Amendment and Housing Element Update. This document, which fulfills the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), is a key analytical and resource document for the community and decision makers. The complete Draft EIR is available to download and view by clicking the following links:
Individual chapters are available here
Hard copies are also available for review at City Hall, local libraries in the City and in surrounding communities. The public review and comment period for the Draft EIR began on June 18, 2014 and ended on August 1, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Responses to all written comments regarding the adequacy of the Draft EIR received during the formal public review and comment period will be provided in the Final EIR, expected to be published in August 2014. Comments received after August 1, 2014, will be included as informational items in subsequent Planning Commission and City Council staff reports (if recieved by the City prior to staff reports being finalized/published).
Please view the Notice of Availability for complete information on the public comment period and ways to submit comments.
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Comment Meeting
The City held a public meeting on June 24, 2014, at Cupertino Community Hall to present the recently published Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR analyzes the potential environmental impacts related to the draft General Plan Amendment and Housing Element Update. This meeting provided an opportunity for the community to learn about the EIR and submit comments.
Climate Action Plan Community Workshop and Survey #2
The City held the second of two community workshops for the Cupertino Climate Action Plan (CAP) on June 4, 2014. At this workshop, participants reviewed the goals of the CAP, learned about community input received to date, and discussed proposed measures in greater detail. Attendees participated in facilitated small group discussions to comment on proposed high-impact emissions reduction actions and associated implementation strategies for the City, residents and businesses.
Interested residents who were unable to attend this workshop can review the presentation and meeting materials below and provide comments using this online tool, which mirrors the open house activity at the June 4th workshop:
Climate Action Plan Community Workshop and Survey #1
The City held a community workshop on May 14, 2014, to introduce draft climate actions to the public. At this event, staff gave a presentation on the regulatory drivers, planning process and supporting City and regional environmental efforts. Participants had the opportunity to review current and proposed strategies in the energy, natural resources and transportation/land use sectors. Participants were also encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions to the City.
Interested residents who were unable to attend this workshop can review the presentation and meeting materials below and provide comments using this online tool, which mirrors the open house activity at the May 14th workshop:
Joint City Council and Planning Commission Study Session
The City Council and Planning Commission held a joint study session on April 1, 2014, to discuss draft General Plan Amendment and Housing Element policies, and hear public comments and questions. The following are links to study session materials:
Housing Element Staff Report
Housing Commission Study Session on Housing Element Policy
The Housing Commission and the public are invited to discuss Housing Element goals, policies, and implementation programs on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held in City of Cupertino (City Hall) Conference Room C.
General Plan Amendment/Housing Element Environmental Scoping Meeting
The City held an Environmental Scoping Meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at the Cupertino Community Hall (10350 Torre Avenue, next to the library). The meeting provided an opportunity for the community to comment on the scope and content of the EIR. A summary of the proposed project and information on how to submit your comments is provided on the Notice of Preparation.
Retail Strategy Report
In March 2014, the City published a Retail Strategy Report that analyzes each General Plan Amendment Study Area’s suitability specifically for retail development. The report is intended to help inform community discussions regarding potential changes to future land uses, heights and intensities, and development allocations along Cupertino's major mixed-use corridors. The report pays particular attention to future repositioning or revitalization options for the Vallco Shopping Mall and larger shopping district.
City Council Study Session
The City Council held a Study Session on March 4, 2014, at Cupertino Community Hall to discuss and solicit community input on draft Housing Element sites and General Plan Amendment Concept Alternatives.
Housing Element Update Staff Report
General Plan Amendment Staff Report
Planning Commission Open House and Study Session
The Planning Commission held a community Open House and Study Session on February 19, 2014, at Cupertino Community Hall. The purpose of the event was to present and discuss the draft Concept Alternatives report and Housing Element sites. This included an hour Open House when members of the community could ask questions of City staff and the project consultants. This was followed by a more formal Study Session where the Planning Commission heard public comments and provided direction to staff.
General Plan Amendment Staff Report
Housing Element Update Staff Report
Concept Alternatives Report
In February 2014, the City published a Concept Alternatives Report that frames the public discussion on choices for the future of Cupertino. The report summarizes a major step in the General Plan Amendment process – the presentation and analysis of several Concept Alternatives that have emerged from an extensive community outreach and participation process. Each of the alternatives identifies a possible future scenario for Cupertino. The analysis at the end of the report provides specific detail on the potential benefits and drawbacks of each alternative.
Mobility and Design Concepts Input Summary
In October 2013, the City began the Concept Alternatives phase of the General Plan Amendment process. This part of the process involved extensive community outreach and engagement, including four public workshops/meetings and an interactive online survey. The purpose of this outreach was to solicit community input and ideas on future land use, height, mobility and urban design changes. Participants also contributed their ideas for the future of the Vallco Shopping Mall and larger district.
Because the workshops, meetings and online survey largely covered the same questions and exercises, the City prepared a comprehensive summary of community input received during this part of the General Plan Amendment process. This report summarizes community input from the following:
- Community-wide Workshop #2, October 23, 2013
In February 2014, the City published a detailed Market Study that provides background information on demographic and employment trends in Cupertino, Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area. It assesses market trends and demand for new residential, retail, hotel and office development in Cupertino. This includes an analysis for how increased development allocation responds to market demands.
The City held a Neighborhood Meeting on Thursday, December 5, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the EOC room in City Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss community ideas for future uses, design and mobility concepts along major mixed-use corridors and within the Vallco Shopping District. The meeting included a project overview presentation and two group exercises.
Community-wide Workshop #2
The City held a second Community-wide Workshop on October 23, 2013, to discuss community ideas for future uses, design and mobility concepts along major mixed-use corridors and within the Vallco Shopping District. Click on the following links to view workshop materials:
Settings and Opportunities Report
In September 2013, the City published a comprehensive Settings and Opportunities Report that provides an overview of the General Plan Amendment project, a summary of the current planning context in Cupertino, and a detailed analysis of each of the seven project Study Areas. The report also includes an initial list of key findings and opportunities.
Community-wide Workshop #1
The City held the first Community-wide Workshop on July 18, 2013, to kick off the project and solicit the community's thoughts and ideas on the key assets, challenges and opportunities facing Cupertino. Click on the following links to view workshop materials: