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May 2020 Online Engagement Summary

During the month of May 2020 we asked for your feedback on three LAND USE CONCEPTS for the future of Downtown Santa Clara. These three concepts illustrated potential development patterns for a future downtown, and each drew from a menu of land uses that balance community desires and development realities. We received over 480 survey responses and over 1000 written comments, cumulatively. The document below provides a quick summary, distills key topics and preferences, and the graphs provide a good indication of community response towards the various topics of the survey.  

Downtown Precise Plan Online Engagement - Summary


While our online survey has closed, you still have the opportunity run your own “Meeting Out-of-the-Box”. The information and materials are available at the link below so that you may facilitate your own small group discussion. The material provided will allow for you to provide more in-depth input on the three land use concepts that test the placement of public space, land uses, and the height of buildings for the future of Downtown Santa Clara. 

At the link below you will find Background Information and Meeting-Out-of-the-Box materials. Your feedback will inform a land use framework for the Precise Plan. 

Downtown Precise Plan Online Engagement 

Existing Conditions Report

The Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Challenges Report provides the planning team and the community with important background about the place and its history, the people who live and work here, land use and circulation patterns, other plans and development projects in the vicinity, and market conditions. Each of these topics is a critical piece of the puzzle in helping to Realize the Vision while Balancing Community Needs with Development Realities.


The City of Santa Clara is excited to be planning for the revitalization of our Downtown by developing a Precise Plan that will provide guidance for new development within a portion of the Downtown Precise Plan Focus Area (as identified in the General Plan) through policies, guidelines, and illustrations that implement the community vision and objectives for a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented destination Downtown. 

The Precise Plan process will occur in close collaboration with Reclaiming Our Downtown (ROD), the Old Quad Residents Association (OQRA), Santa Clara University (SCU) and all interested community members. The foundation for the Downtown Precise Plan has been laid through the completion of a series of community planning workshops between October 2015 and November 2017 where community input on a vision for the Downtown’s future was gathered.

The Downtown will serve as an important gathering place within the local community as well as a symbolic center for all of Santa Clara, continuing the City’s focus on “Placemaking” as a key strategy to support quality of life for all Santa Clarans. 

Planning Process 

A consultant team headed by WRT has been engaged to support the City in the preparation of the Downtown Precise Plan. An overview of the typical planning process timeline is depicted below. The planning process will start with an existing conditions analysis, followed by various forms of community outreach, including workshops, to receive community input on visioning, land use, circulation, and design standards. Layered within this process will be review and input from the Downtown Community Task Force (DCTF), as well as the greater community.

DT Planning Process Timeline_REV

Downtown Precise Plan Area Boundary

The Downtown Precise Plan planning area encompasses approximately 25-acres of land bounded by Benton Street, Lafayette Street, Homestead Road, and Madison Street, as shown below. 

 Boundary Map_Web

Community Engagement  

The City the consultant, WRT, developed a community engagement strategy to ensure that citizens and stakeholders participate throughout the Precise Plan process. Outlined below are the engagement activities that have occurred since the start of the planning process. New and upcoming engagement activities will be posted at the top of this page as they are scheduled.

  • Downtown Community Task Force (DCTF) Meetings
  • Community Workshops
  • Online Surveys
  • Meetings in a Box

Once the engagement item is completed, details, including meeting materials and meeting summaries can be found under Community Engagement.

Contact Information

To be added to the Downtown Precise Plan e-mail notification list please subscribe to eNotifications for Downtown Precise Plan on the City’s website.  By signing up for eNotifications you will be notified of upcoming meetings and planning process updates for the Downtown Precise Plan  – signing up is easy and efficient and should take less than 1-minute to do so.  You will also have the option to subscribe to other notification lists that interest you.

Alternatively, you may be added to the Downtown Precise Plan e-mail notification list, by contacting the Planning Department at or by phone at 408-615-2450.

Please submit any questions or comments about the Downtown Precise Plan to Lesley Xavier at or Steve Le at

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