Balance growth, housing and traffic
My outlook on growth in Sunnyvale has always been guided by the following: (a) We need more housing in Sunnyvale and throughout the region, especially more affordable housing; (b) The availability of great jobs in Sunnyvale is a great thing for the economy and for Sunnyvale residents; and (c) We have to do everything we can to mitigate the negative effects of traffic.
Here are a couple of other key points: The biggest land-use decisions are made when the City adopts new “Specific Plans” that guide the development of a specific part of the City for the next several decades. And, I do not support an outright ban or prohibition on new development.
Results: During my time on Council, we made significant progress on four Specific Plans, each of which could enable significant additional housing in Sunnyvale.
- Moved forward drafting an amendment to the Lawrence Station Area Plan to look for additional housing opportunities there (which I support)
- Moved forward drafting a new Specific Plan for Downtown (which I support)
- Moved forward drafting a new Specific Plan for El Camino Real (which I support)
- Moved forward drafting a new Specific Plan for Moffett Park (which I have many questions about)
- I strongly opposed the project at Butchers Corner because it was way too much building intensity for that location. I’m sure many District 4 residents remember my efforts there!
- I voted in favor of the residential project being built at El Camino Real and Poplar because 20% of the units there are dedicated to affordable housing (along with other community benefits).
- There is a development application early in the pipeline that would replace the Wendy’s on Wolfe, and the adjacent vacant lot, with multi-story housing. I have told the developer about my serious concerns regarding the traffic impact that would have on Wolfe.
Meanwhile, during the past four years, significant office development has taken place in the Moffett Park and Peery Park areas of Sunnyvale, enabling thousands of new jobs for Sunnyvale residents.
We are also working hard on our transportation system to ensure safe, reliable movement for all roadway users. Sunnyvale spends about $10 million per year maintaining our roadways. I have led the charge to aggressively patch Wolfe Road between Homestead and El Camino and to get to a final resolution with PG&E there. We have made significant improvement to our traffic signal timing systems. I support discussions between the City and Caltrans to see if the City can take over signal timing on El Camino traffic signals, and I sponsored a study issue to explore ways to improve traffic operations at the intersection of Fremont, Bernardo and SR-85. The City has also made significant progress on the concept of an overcrossing at Mary Avenue that would go over U.S. 101 and S.R. 237 into Moffett Park.