By Robert Haugh
At Tuesday’s Santa Clara City Council meeting, the Santa Clara City Council tripled the density of the El Camino Real Station Area Plan.
Councilwoman Karen Hardy who represents neighborhoods near El Camino was a key vote on the issue.
Approximately one year ago, Hardy supported lower heights to respect the integrity of existing neighborhoods along the El Camino.
After lengthy discussion, Hardy voted with Vice Mayor Suds Jain and Councilmen Anthony Becker and Kevin Park to select “Alternative 2.”
They increased the height of buildings from from 2-4 stories to 4-6 stories. The number of housing units increased from approximately 1,500 to approximately 4,500.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor, Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe and Councilman Raj Chahal dissented.
The council previously approved the Plan in a unanimous vote a year ago. Nearly $1 million has been spent on studies already.
Now, they’re asking for an extra $250,000.
Residents near El Camino have long complained about the push for super-high density proposals that create shadows and privacy issues for the existing neighborhoods.
Santa Clara started studying the El Camino Real Specific Plan in 2017. And we’re still not done.
Editor’s Note: We changed the hi-rise photo. The photo was a stock image. We apologize the error.