El Camino Real and Downtown Specific Plan

Current status (July 2018)


The City Council approval of the Specific Plan and related actions took place in June 2012 and became effective one month later. Several modest modifications were approved in 2014, and are reflected in the Specific Plan links to the right. 

The Planning Commission and City Council reviewed the Specific Plan in 2015. At that time, the Council provided direction on several aspects to be modified, although the revisions have been delayed by staff vacancies and other priorities. The City Council restarted this discussion in late 2017 (staff report) and considered the topic again on April 17, 2018 (staff report). The Planning Commission conducted a study session on June 18, 2018 (staff report), and the Housing Commission is scheduled to also discuss the topic on July 11, 2018.

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 and 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 and 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