Google's Big Mixed-Use Plans for Downtown San Jose Come Into Focus

Google's plan for a mixed-use transit village at a mile-long site near the Diridon Station in San Jose has a newly released planning document available for public review.

October 13, 2020, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

[Updated October 14, 2020] The city of San Jose released hundreds of pages of documents detailing the Downtown West Mixed-Use Plan, Google's plan to "develop 81 acres in downtown San Jose into a transit-oriented area consisting of new office space, housing and open space," as described in an article by Jenn Goodman.

"Google's revised project proposal includes up to 7.3 million square feet of office space; 4,000 units of new housing; 15 acres of parks and open space; and 500,000 square feet of retail, culture and art space, among other features," according to Goodman. SITELAB urban studio is the lead urban designer for the Downtown West Mixed Use Plan, and created the design standards and guidelines released by the city this month.

A previous iteration of the plan was released in September as a Framework Plan for the Diridon Transit Village. The new plan will require several related entitlements and approvals, namely a general plan amendment, an amendment to the Diridon Station Area Plan, a Planned Development Zoning District, a Planned Development Permit, and an environmental impact review, among others. The plan is also proceeding under state law AB 900, with certification from the Governor's Office that the Downtown West Mixed-Use Plan would not result in any net additional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed the project's review by a few months, but plans are expected to be before the San Jose City Council for approval in Spring 2021.

Previous Planetizen coverage of Google's plans for the Downtown San Jose development proximate to the Diridon Transit Station:

Monday, October 12, 2020 in Smart Cities Dive

Chicago Commute

Planning for Congestion Relief

The third and final installment of Planetizen's examination of the role of the planning profession in both perpetuating and solving traffic congestion.

May 12, 2022 - James Brasuell

LAX Cars

Car Noise Is Killing Us

It’s not just traffic collisions that kill—a new study from researcher at Rutgers finds that the loud noises emanating from cars has direct impact on heart health in Americans.

May 6, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

A pair of crash test dummies in a car after a crash with air bags deployed.

Acceptable Deaths

What can we learn from our Covid response?

May 5, 2022 - Angie Schmitt

Washington D.C.

Fare-Free Transit Hasn’t Reduced Car Trips, Data Says

Fare-free transit isn’t the climate change benefit that many have hoped, according to recent writing by David Zipper for Bloomberg.

46 minutes ago - Bloomberg

Cottages on Western Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Redevelopment Threatens Iconic, Affordable Chicago Homes

The ‘workers’ cottages’ are being replaced with larger, more expensive homes, threatening one of the city’s original forms of affordable housing.

1 hour ago - WTTW

Washington, D.C.

Six-Story Parking Lot Nixed From D.C. Union Station Renovation Plans

The Federal Railroad Administration has removed a six-story parking facility included in a 2020 draft Environmental Impact Statement for a $10 billion renovation of Union Station in Washington, D.C.

2 hours ago - The Washington Post

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.