A Community Member requests your support for the online petition “Vallco Shopping Mall: Remove Office Allocation and Restore Building Height”.

From the Petition: “We Are Community Members Who call for the City Council to reject the creation of a community-centered process on a plan for Vallco. Instead, we urge all Council Members to consider the following changes to the Cupertino General Plan for the Vallco Shopping Mall:

–  removal of the office allocation of 2 Million square feet
–  restoration of the maximum building height for new construction in place on December 3, 2014″

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Background Story — History of the Vallco Site Zoning:

– Stage 1 (before December 4, 2014):
Retail only (No office building or housing allowed)

– Stage 2 (after the vote of GPA at about 2:00am, December 4, 2014):
Cupertino City Council voted after almost all the residents left the meeting room. The 4:1 voting result (only Darcy Paul voted No) marks the start of Vallco’s conditional rezone:

  1. Two Million square feet office allocated;
  2. Maximum building height changed to TBD

– Stage 3 (June, 2015):
Vallco EIR started under the conditional rezone.

– Stage 4 (April, 2016):
Vallco developer Sand Hill Property (SHP) Company started an initiative (Measure D) and put Vallco EIR on hold.

– Stage 5 (November, 2016):
Measure D failed, Cupertino residents used their votes to declare they don’t support a Vallco Plan with 2 Million square feet office and only 17% retail footage.

What’s the problem NOW?

The Conditional Rezone is still effective, which includes

  1. Two Million square feet office allocation;
  2. Maximum building height at Vallco site as TBD.

Cupertino City Council ignored residents’ request to get rid of the conditional rezone started on December 4, 2014. That means, the developer SHP can re-start the EIR process and submit a specific plan with 2 Million square feet office again, if they like.

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(Chinese version) 背景介绍--Vallco的Zoning变迁历史:

– 第一阶段 (2014年12月4日以前):
纯粹商业区(不能盖办公楼或住宅)

– 第二阶段 (市议会在2014年12月4日凌晨2点投票通过GPA):
当大批反对市民退场后,市议会在凌晨以4:1投票批准通过GPA计划,只有Darcy Paul投了反对票。这份GPA包含有条件的Vallco rezone内容:

  1. 分配2百万平方英尺办公楼面积给Vallco;
  2. 把Vallco楼高限制改成“不设限”.

– 第三阶段 (2015年6月):
Vallco开发商向城市要求启动项目批准第一步的环境报告EIR,要求在Vallco rezone框架下开始项目审批。

– 第四阶段 (2016年4月):
Vallco开发商Sand Hill Property (SHP) Company开始了Measure D提案过程,暂时搁置了EIR审批。

– 第五阶段 (2016年11月):
D提案失败, Cupertino市民用选票郑重宣告,大家不支持在Vallco只留下17%商业零售面积,盖2百万平方英尺办公大楼和其他高密设施的计划。

现在面临的问题是什么呢?

D提案的失败并不能导致市议会通过的Vallco的有条件rezone失效,也就是说,Vallco的以下rezone条款依然可以起作用:

  1. 2百万平方英尺的办公面积配额;
  2. Vallco楼高限制依然是“不设限”.

虽然部分市民多次写信要求Cupertino市议会取消2014年12月4日凌晨投票通过的Vallco有条件rezone,但是市议会却完全置之不理。这意味着什么?那就是,只要Vallco开发商SHP愿意,他们随时可以重开EIR审批过程,让已经被选民投票否定的2百万英尺办公大楼还有类似高密计划起死回生。

2 thoughts on “An online petition to clarify the zoning of Vallco

  1. I do not trust the City Council or SHP. SHP did not deliver as promised at Cupertino Main Street. There is no retail shopping except Howard’s children’s shoes and the dance store. Target and the restaurants are clearly for the benefit and convenience of the people living and working at Cupertino Main Street. This endeavor did not provide to the community as a whole as promised. VERY DISAPPOINTING!! Vallco will be more of the same providing for business and not the community.

  2. We do not need more traffic in Cupertino so the office space is OUT! Also anything high rise needs to be addressed. WE do not want people in apartments looking down into our yards. Also an outdoor theater in a neighborhood setting should not be allowed because of the noise. What has happened to our quiet city?

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