Mr. Andrew Crabtree
Director of Community Development, City of Santa Clara
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Dear Mr. Crabtree,
In January 2018, the Santa Clara City Council supported a General Plan Amendment Request which granted the exploration of high density, mixed-use development at 3005 Democracy Way, a 48—acre site commonly known as Mission Point. In July 2018, Kylli submitted a rezoning application for 10.61 million square feet of mixed-use development. Comments from Staff were received in late 2018, and in April 2019 the revised application was resubmitted. Kylli has continued their community outreach and has hosted ten community workshops, conducted focus groups on the plans and approach and have had hundreds of conversations about the plan with individuals from Santa Clara so far in the process.
This high-density planning effort was complemented by the site’s immediate adjacency to transit, overall compatibility with the proposed City North vision, and synergy with the current Patrick Henry Specific Planning effort. Daring discussions with the community we were excited at the enthusiastic reception for many elements of the plan, but also heard concerns about overall height, density and transportation. To address these comments, the second submittal reduced heights substantially. in addition to distribution to local agencies including Santa Clara Fire, Silicon Valley Power, and SCCUSD, this revised plan was also provided to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for their input.
Kylli recently received feedback from the FAA 0n the proposed heights at Mission Point. Based on both the initial FAA findings and community feedback, it has been determined that the heights as shown in the application on file must be further reduced. Considering the site’s location, concerns from the aviation community were expected and common in the area, most notably experienced by Levis stadium. Kylli is working with an aviation consulting firm that will assist us with navigating the FAA process. It is presumed that further analysis and a revised plan will allow for more flexible heights. Kylli will compile all the information necessary to make this request and will be working to establish the extent of this reduction and revising our application accordingly.
A decrease in height will result in a reduction in density, which will also help mitigate concerns regarding the surrounding transportation network challenges. Kylli continues to see the many opportunities this plan can provide to the City of Santa Clara and is working diligently towards a viable solution for community and agency stakeholders.
Kylli remains committed to serving the communities which we build in. The thoughtful development of Mission Point will be an asset to Santa Clara for generations. We appreciate Staff’s patience and will continue to keep you informed of our progress of revisions. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Vice President, Mission Point