SAN JOSE Calif. (DNR) – The city of San Jose will be evaluating a city plan Tuesday that will be used as a blueprint through 2040. The Planning Department has held numerous meetings and outreach programs over the last year in anticipation of presenting their Envision San Jose 2040 plan.
The city is concerned about sustainability. The growth over the last 60 years has prompted public officials to plan “land use decisions in an environmentally, economically, and fiscally sustainable manner”. There has always been a tug-of-war between home developers and those who want to see more land used for industrial purposes.
Before the city began its plan for the future, they looked back over the last 60 years. In 1950 the city was once a series of orchards and farms with a small central urban area. In the 1960s and 1970s that changed and San Jose became a hub of technology.
Today San Jose is the 10th largest city in the United States and third largest in California. Going forward the city must weight industrial and housing land use decisions with their fiscal concerns.
The city wants to plan development around transportation corridors like BART. They also want to encourage people to use bikes as a form of transportation.
The city council will be discussing the Envision San Jose 2040 plan with the planning department at Tuesday’s meeting beginning at 1:30 pm.
By: Greg Cook