Caltrain Grade Separation Community Meetings: August 10, 24

(Via Ria Hutabarat Lo, PhD, Sunnyvale Transportation and Traffic Manager)

There are two upcoming community meetings regarding the Caltrain Grade Separation Feasibility Study. This study will assess the feasibility of separating the road and railway at Mary Avenue and Sunnyvale Avenue.

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This project is being considered due to safety concerns, congestion delays, pedestrian/bicycle access issues, and noise impacts associated with having active at-grade railway crossings in urbanized communities. Anticipated increases in service frequency along the Caltrain railway line will improve regional access for Sunnyvale commuters but exacerbate concerns associated with railway crossings—if they are not grade separated.

Depending on the selected alternative, the impacts of grade separation could potentially include the following:

  • property acquisitions
  • access modifications
  • temporary road closures

The City of Sunnyvale will hold two community meetings to describe project goals, process, and schedule, and obtain initial community feedback. Each meeting will be tailored to the respective crossing location. Meeting details for each location are as follows:

Mary Avenue Railroad Crossing
6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017
Washington Park Building, 840 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale
Also: Online Survey

Sunnyvale Avenue Railroad Crossing
6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017
Sunnyvale Library, 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale

Survey on Accessory Dwelling Units

Sunnyvale is reviewing regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as “granny flats” or “in-law” units. An ADU is a small dwelling located on the same property as a single-family home, which includes its own kitchen/bathroom. It can be a part of the main home or a separate structure.

Sunnyvale’s current code places the following limits on ADUs:

  • Minimum lot size 8,500 square feet
  • Maximum unit size 700 square feet
  • 1 bedroom maximum
  • 20-year deed restriction requiring owner occupancy

This study will consider possible changes to allow more ADUs to be built, and to what standards. The concern is to allow residents to expand the housing supply while avoiding negative impacts to quality of life.

The State of California has declared that ADUs are consistent with single-family home zoning and density standards and considers ADUs to be a viable option to create more affordable housing in existing neighborhoods. ADU standards were recently liberalized state-wide. This study will also serve to reconcile Sunnyvale’s regulations with the new state standards.

Background on ADUs in Sunnyvale:

Residents are invited to share their perspective on ADU regulations at http://sunnyvale.peakdemocracy.com/portals/209/Issue_5092

New regulations will be reviewed by the Housing and Human Services Commission in July, the Planning Commission in September, and City Council likely in October.

Sunday: Affordable Housing Community Meeting

Sunday, June 25, the Faith and Action Committee from St. Cyprian are hosting a community meeting to review what is going on with affordable housing. Sunnyvale City Council Officials will be present for this Community Meeting.

Attend this meeting in order to:

  1. Express the need to protect Renters
  2. Learn what is the plan for Housing in the City of Sunnyvale
  3. Share the results of the St. Cyprian Parish Survey focused on Housing
  4. Establish a direct relationship with Sunnyvale City Officials and with allies from our community.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
St. Cyprian’s Parish Hall
1133 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

For more information, call 408-442-4190

 

Saturday: LinkedIn Neighborhood Project Preview

(Via Adina Levin)

On Saturday morning, LinkedIn is hosting a project preview/open house for the new LinkedIn buildings at 700 Middlefield Road Mountain View, which in an early stage of the development application process.

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LinkedIn is proposing an open and permeable campus that creates cyclist cut throughs for commuters. LinkedIn will also be sharing their transportation program with attendees so they see the many ways employees get to work using alternatives to single occupancy vehicles.

All are welcome, pre-registration appreciated so they can plan for food.

Saturday, June 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
950 W Maude Ave Sunnyvale
Unity Conference Room, 1st floor

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighborhood-project-preview-june-17-2017-1000-am-tickets-34585939476

May 31: Learn About Electric Heat Pumps

The City of Sunnyvale and Sunnyvale Sustainability Commission are hosting their first speaker of 2017 on May 31, at 7 pm, in the City Council Chambers.

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Heat Pump Diagram, via Salt River Project

Pierre Delforge of the Natural Resources Defense Council will share why and how to convert to electric heat pumps for water and space heating in homes and businesses. With carbon-free electricity coming to Sunnyvale, switching to electricity instead of natural gas–a fossil fuel–for major heating appliances can save money and protect the climate.

Refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. Event commences at 7:00 p.m. Register for free at Eventbrite.

Pierre Delforge is the Director of Energy Efficiency in the High Tech Sector at the Natural Resources Defense Council. At NRDC, he focuses mainly on reducing the consumption of electricity by the rapidly growing I.T. and consumer electronics sectors. Previously, Delforge was lead energy and climate strategist for Hewlett-Packard’s sustainability group. He began his career in the United Kingdom and France before moving to Silicon Valley in 2004. He holds degrees in computer science from Cambridge University and L’Ecole Centrale Paris. He is based in San Francisco.

This Saturday, May 20: Children’s Arts Festival

HOTA2012-118Hands on the Arts is an all-day children’s art festival, held annually the third Saturday in May. The event features more than 30 workshop booths where children can try their hands at different art forms. Professional artists lead workshops using a wide variety of arts and craft materials and techniques, as well as music and dance. Many of the workshops introduce children to unique art forms from different cultures, such as Indian rangoli, Chinese silk knotting, Japanese brush painting and Mexican folklorico dancing. All supplies are included in the $10 per child admission fee. (Adults and non-participating children are welcome at no charge.)

Who: Recommended for children 2 years and older

What:

  • Access to explore 30+ music, dance and art workshops
  • All arts supplies and artist instruction
  • A Hands on the Arts Festival souvenir bag

When: May 20, 2017 (rain or shine) 10am to 4pm

Where: Sunnyvale Community Center
550 East Remington Dr.
Sunnyvale CA 94087

The 2017 Hands on the Arts Festival, which will be the 32nd annual, will focus on supporting the City’s “STEM to STEAM” initiative. Some of the workshops at the festival will integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics with art, as maker projects.

Sunnyvale Community Award Nominations due June 16

[Via Alisha Rodrigues, Community Services Coordinator for the City of Sunnyvale]

Each year, the City of Sunnyvale presents Community Awards to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions of Sunnyvale community members. These awards are conferred at the annual State of the City, scheduled for July 29, 2017. Award categories include:

  • Distinguished Resident of the Year
  • High School Senior of the Year
  • Businessperson of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Arts
  • Educator of the Year
  • Outstanding Environmental Achievement
  • Community Volunteer of the Year

Please help us acknowledge individuals, groups or businesses that stand out in the Sunnyvale community by submitting a nomination(s).

Nominations are due by Friday, June 16, 2017, by 5 p.m. Information about each award criteria and nomination requirements can be found on the Community Awards Nomination Form.  All nominations will be reviewed by a committee and award decisions will be shared with all nominators by the end of June.

A list of past award recipients is posted on the city’s web site.