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

Sunnyvale City Council to consider General Plan revision: more jobs, more transit, less housing

On April 11, City Council is expected to review a revised draft of the Land Use and Transportation Element (LUTE) which is a chapter of the city’s General Plan. The objective is to move Sunnyvale towards being a “Complete Community” that is less dependent on automobiles. Major strategies include:

Village Centers: modify existing shopping districts to include housing. This will increase the housing supply at village centers and expand commercial opportunities for businesses there. Village center will be located near transit lines, improving the odds that residents can commute without driving.

Jobs/Housing Balance: Sunnyvale will add proportionately more jobs than housing. Under present conditions, Sunnyvale has 1.44 jobs per housing unit. By 2035, Sunnyvale will have 1.73 jobs per housing unit. This will make jobs more plentiful, and make it more difficult for residents to secure housing within Sunnyvale.

Multimodal Transit System: city policies will emphasize complete streets, carpooling, mass transit and bicycle infrastructure. As we approach and exceed Sunnyvale’s capacity to transport residents via private automobiles, residents will need better access to more efficient transportation.

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Development will focus on transit corridors and village centers. Proportionately more jobs will be added. Most existing residential neighborhoods will remain low density.

What do you think? Let City Council know!

Contact City Council to share your thoughts on the LUTE.

City Council is expected to review the changes next Tuesday, April 11, at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers, 456 W. Olive Ave. Members of the public are welcome to speak at the meeting for up to three minutes each.

UPDATE: the City Council agenda for April 11 has been published. Council will review the Land Use and Transportation Element as agenda item #4.

Help VTA Improve Tasman Drive

VTA is undertaking a “Complete Streets” survey to determine what improvements can be made to Tasman Drive to make it safer and easier to use for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. VTA has a nice website for this project, where you can click on spots on the map, make suggestions, and review and comment on other suggestions made by the public.

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Tasman Drive from Sunnyvale to Milpitas

Per VTA:

Gathering public input is critical to the success of all the planning efforts VTA undertakes. We want to hear from you. How do you use the corridor and what improvements would you like to see?
Tell us how we can improve this area in our online survey, or attend an upcoming public outreach events:

  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6pm
    Riverwood Community Room
    2150 Tasman Dr
    Santa Clara, CA 95054
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6pm
    Lakewood Park
    834 Lakechime Dr
    Sunnyvale, CA 94089
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6pm
    Centria Community Room
    1101 S Main St
    Milpitas, CA 95035

RSVP:  View the meetings as Facebook events: Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Milpitas/San Jose.

VTA taking applications for Measure B Citizens Oversight Committee

Do you have a passion for transportation, attention to detail, and a desire to help your community? VTA is taking applications for the Measure B Citizen’s Oversight Committee.

In 2016, the voters of Santa Clara County passed Measure B: a 30-year, half-cent sales tax, to fund transportation projects. The funding is allocated for projects along these lines:

  • $1.8 billion for expressways, highway interchanges and route 85
  • $1.5 billion to extend BART to Santa Clara
  • $1.2 billion to improve and repair local roads
  • $1 billion for Caltrain capacity and grade separation
  • $500 million for local public transportation
  • $250 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects

Per VTA’s website:

With the passage of the sales tax, VTA must develop guidelines for each of the nine program areas as described in the resolution that created the measure. In order to allow for sufficient time to discuss each of the nine program areas, VTA will present the proposed guidelines for three of the programs each month beginning in February. VTA will present the final set of draft guidelines in May.2016 Measure B Implementation Committee Work Plan small

The following VTA committees will be discussing the guidelines as part of their regularly scheduled meetings. The public is welcome to attend these meetings to learn more about the proposed guidelines and provide input. Please click each for meeting dates, agendas and a description of each committee.

The Citizen’s Oversight Committee being formed will also ensure transparency and accountability.

Citizens registered to vote in Santa Clara County can apply online. Applications are due by April 21.

Mary Avenue Overcrossing

The city of Sunnyvale is studying a variety of options to connect Mary Avenue to the industrial / office area North of 101 and 237. The options range from a bicycle/pedestrian overcrossing to various alignments of multi-lane roads to support automobile traffic.

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A second Community Meeting has been announced:

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Columbia Neighborhood Center Multi-Use Room
785 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale CA 94085

Project input is also solicited via Sunnyvale’s Open City Hall: https://www.peakdemocracy.com/portals/209/Issue_4652