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Specific Plans

What is a Specific Plan? 

A specific plan is a tool for the systematic implementation of the general plan. It effectively establishes a link between implementing policies of the general plan and the individual development proposals in a defined area. A specific plan may be as general as setting forth broad policy concepts, or as detailed as providing direction to every facet of development from the type, location and intensity of uses to the design and capacity of infrastructure; from the resources used to finance public improvements to the design guidelines of a subdivision.

- State of California Office of Planning and Research

What are Focus Areas and where are they in Santa Clara? 

Focus Areas represent locations with opportunities for more intense development with limited impact on existing neighborhoods.  The City's General Plan has nine Focus Areas, listed below. These include four Focus Areas south of the Caltrain corridor and five Future Focus Areas north of the Caltrain corridor.  Focus Areas require conformance with applicable General Plan policies, including approval of a comprehensive (specific) plan for each Future Focus area, prior to implementation.

Focus Areas

Focus Area Specific Plans in Progress

Future Focus Areas (Phase III of General Plan)

Per the General Plan, planning for Phase III Future Focus Areas will begin in 2023.

  • Central Expressway Focus Area
  • De La Cruz Focus Area
  • Great America Parkway Focus Area
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