By Robert Haugh
There was a study session on the Patrick Henry Specific Plan. The plan has been in process since 2019. The Northside plan calls for a mixed-use residential development. City staff projects up to 12,000 housing units.
Now, there are17 light industrial facilities on 76 acres in the plan area that’s between Great America Parkway and Mission College Boulevard.
The plan includes affordable housing at 15 percent at 80 percent of the area’s median income. That’s a lower income level than the City’s standard requirements.
The plan includes a library space, community rooms, and open space at 22 percent.
There was some discussion about traffic impacts. Vice Mayor Raj Chahal would like to see a shuttle from the Patrick Henry area to the Related Santa Clara development to the north.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor thinks the road improvements will help alleviate traffic between Great America Parkway headed toward Mission College and the Mercado. If she’s right and it makes it easier to get to In-N-Out Burger we think that’s a major improvement.
Petition to Require City Council to Appear on Camera
Santa Clara businessman and community leader Kirk Vartan petitioned the City Council to adopt a policy that requires all of them to appear on camera during City Council meetings when it’s a Zoom meeting.
Vartan was referring specifically to Councilman Kevin Park. Since he’s taken office in December, Park has only appeared on camera once at a City Council meeting.
Park said last night that he doesn’t appear on camera because he has a bad internet connection at home. He also said that he needs to stay at home with his daughter until his wife gets home from work so he can’t come to City Hall when City Council meetings start.
Interestingly, Park was at City Hall during the discussion of this item. He said that he started the meeting at home. But he came to City Hall during a break. Park only turned on his video briefly during the last few minutes of the debate.
The vote to put the item on a future agenda for action failed 5-2. Only Gillmor and Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe supported putting Vartan’s request on a future agenda.
The City Council reported out of closed session the final settlement from the CVRA lawsuit. We’ll do a separate story on that on another day.
The City Council had an interesting discussion about the Franklin Square maintenance district. The property owners voluntarily pay an assessment for capital improvements on the City’s parking lots. Councilman Suds Jain wants to raise the assessment. But the City can’t do it without the majority of the property owners agreeing to it.
Jain represents the district. Gillmor had to recuse herself from the item because she owns property in Franklin Square.
City staff had difficulty explaining to the City Council how the maintenance district works. They’ll have to come back with a report.