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El Camino Real Specific Plan

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Public Draft of the El Camino Real Specific Plan

Following a two-year community engagement process, a full draft of the El Camino Real Specific Plan is now available for public review. This link will take you to a web page that provides the opportunity to review and give comment on the draft plan.ECR_Cover_Image

The City has been developing a Specific Plan to implement the City’s General Plan goals and policies for the El Camino Real corridor by providing more detailed guidance for future land uses and urban design elements.

The remaining tasks in the process include holding an open house to present the draft Plan to the community and receive feedback (currently on hold due to the County's mandatory order to cancel gatherings and the latest Public Health guidance for COVID-19), circulating the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for public comment, presenting the draft Plan to the Planning Commission for their recommendation and then finally to the City Council for adoption. 

The comment period for the Public Draft will run through June 25, 2020.


The El Camino Real is the City’s most visible and identifiable commercial corridor. The City’s General Plan vision for El Camino Real is to transform the Focus Area from a series of automobile-oriented strip malls to a tree-lined, pedestrian and transit-oriented corridor with a mix of residential and retail uses. 

The purpose of the development of the Specific Plan is to refine and implement the General Plan vision for the area by creating goals, policies, and design standards for future development within the Plan boundary. The Plan document will also address required specific plan topics such as land use, transportation, and infrastructure.

ECR Base Map 1

El Camino Real Specific Plan Boundary Map

The following is a graphic depicting the work flow and timeline of the El Camino Real Specific Plan planning process. 

 ECR Timeline_Jan2020

Public Hearings 

Planning Commission Study Session: On June 12, 2019, the Planning Commission held a joint study session with the El Camino Real Community Advisory Committee (CAC) on the market feasibility of new development.  

Planning Commission Study Session: On April  10, 2019, the Planning Commission held a study session on the draft preferred land use plan and El Camino Real Right-of-Way alternative. 

City Council Study Session: On February 5, 2019, the City Council held a public study session on the draft preferred land use plan and El Camino Real Right-of-Way alternative.

Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting:

The City of Santa Clara Community Development Department hosted a Public Scoping Meeting for the El Camino Real Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR) analysis on Thursday, May 23, 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to describe the proposed project, the environmental review process, and to obtain the community’s input on the project and issues that they wish to see discussed in the EIR analysis. Materials and comment card can be downloaded below. If you have comments, please send them to Steve Le at

Community Engagement

The City has been working with chosen consultant, Raimi and Associates, to implement the community engagement strategy to ensure that citizens and stakeholders participate throughout the Specific 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.

  • Pop Up Events
  • Community Workshops
  • Online Surveys
  • El Camino Real Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
  • Santa Clara University El Camino Real Senior Capstone Project

Details, including meeting materials and meeting summaries can be found at Community Engagement.

Contact Information

To be added to the El Camino Real Specific Plan e-mail list, or to make comments on the plan, please contact the planning department at or by phone at 408-615-2450Call: 408-615-2450.

Documents Library

El Camino Real Specific Plan RFP (October 2016)
El Camino Real Existing Conditions Report (March 2016)

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