El Camino Real & Downtown Specific Plan

Current Schedule/Status
(Updated October 30, 2014) The Council approvals of the Specific Plan and related actions took place in June 2012, and became effective 1 month later. The final Specific Plan is available below, and the Final EIR is available on the EIR subpage. New development proposals in the Plan area are required to adhere to the Specific Plan regulations. In addition, the city is considering implementation of public space improvements on an ongoing basis through the 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) process.

In fall 2013, the Planning Commission and City Council conducted the required one-year review of the Specific Plan, taking place over five meetings in September through November. The City Council ultimately directed a number of changes, including a limit on the absolute square footage of medical offices for El Camino Real parcels, and several text edits to clarify policy intentions. For more information, please see the summary of the Council's November 2013 direction. The Planning Commission reviewed and recommended approval of the amendments on October 6, 2014 (staff report). The City Council considered the Planning Commission's recommendation at a special meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm (staff report). The amendments are effective, and the Specific Plan documents to the right have been updated.

The Planning Commission and City Council's review was informed by the following environmental review documents:

In addition, the Transportation Division is conducting a related project, the El Camino Real Corridor Study. This project will review potential transportation and safety improvements to El Camino Real between Sand Hill Road and Encinal Avenue.

Fiscal Impact Analysis
The project FIAs were originally released on August 16, 2011 and have informed the Planning Commission and City Council's review. The FIAs supplement fiscal analysis conducted throughout the planning process.
Oversight & Outreach Committee
Phase II was aided by a task force, the Specific Plan Oversight and Outreach Committee ("the Committee"), which was charged with the following primary tasks:
  1. Provide advisory input and recommendations to the consultant and staff regarding the outreach process and concept plans (i.e. alternatives) and programs; and
  2. Reach out to other community members and help bring them into the broader planning process through participation in the Community Workshops and other planning activities.
Committee Members & Affiliations
The following are Outreach Committee members and their affiliations:
  • Bicycle Commission: Bud Kohn (formerly John Fox)
  • Environmental Quality Commission: Douglas Scott
  • Housing Commission: Patty Boyle (formerly Elizabeth Lazensky)
  • Parks and Recreation Commission: Kristi Breisch
  • Planning Commission: Henry Riggs
  • Transportation Commission: Charlie Bourne (formerly Reginald Rice)
  • El Camino Real/Downtown Area Resident: Elizabeth Weiss
  • El Camino Real/Downtown Area Resident: Vacant (formerly Todd Temple)
  • El Camino Real/Downtown Area Resident: Vacant (formerly Tom Hilligoss)
  • At-Large: Vincent Bressler
  • At-Large: Charles Catalano
  • At-Large: Ben Eiref
  • At-Large: J. Michael Gullard
  • At-Large: Clark Kepler
  • Chamber of Commerce - Business Owner: Rick Ciardella
  • Chamber of Commerce - Property Owner: Bill Frimel
  • Development Community: Jeff Warmoth
  • Stanford University: Steve Elliott