Kammerer Road Urban Design Study

Kammerer Road Urban Design Study (Livable Employment Area Community Plan)

Employment trends are changing - employees and employers are seeking places where employees can live and work in proximity, in communities with a vibrant, urban character; multistory, mixed use buildings with retail, office, and residential integrated both horizontally and vertically. Recent business site selection activities, such as the Amazon HQ2 project, highlight these trends. Further, the impacts of COVID-19 are causing some employers to rethink where their employees work and create limits on the overall demand for office building square footage.

In 2014, the City approved the Southeast Policy Area (SEPA), a strategic plan that identified a large land area for a traditional, suburban employment center. Development would occur in multistory, single use buildings that would be supported by large parking fields. SEPA is located along the Kammerer Road Corridor and is adjacent to the Lent Ranch planning area (the Promenade Corridor where the Mall was to be located) and the South Study Area, where development would occur in the decades to come.

Because of these changing trends, the City is re-envisioning the Kammerer Road corridor. Where could mixed use development occur and what would it look like? How would development integrate with Kammerer Road and its role as a regional connector?

Vision and Strategy

A vision and strategy report was completed in 2021 and presented to the City Council.  The Council supported the strategy and directed staff to proceed with amendments to the General Plan, Zoning, and other relevant plans and programs to implement the vision.

General Plan Amendments and Environmental Impact Report

Based upon the City Council direction, the City is completing amendments to the General Plan to implement the vision report. In addition to implementing the vision report (through the creation of the new Livable Employment Area (LEA) Community Plan, the proposed amendments also address updates to the City’s traffic model and Vehicle Miles Traveled thresholds and make other land use, transportation, and policy revisions throughout the document.  An initial draft of the revisions were released in June 2023 and comments and edits have been incorporated. 

The Planning Commission received an overview of these changes at their September 7, 2023 meeting.  The report and draft revisions are available at the link below.

The Planning Commission continued their review at their September 21, 2023 meeting.  Materials from this meeting are below.

The Planning Commission continued their review at their October 19, 2023 meeting.  Materials from this meeting are below.

The next Planning Commission meeting will be on November 16, 2023.

 

Part of this work includes the preparation of a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report, which will analyze the potential impacts of the amendments. On February 18, 2022, the City released a Notice of Preparation (below). Public comment on the Notice of Preparation closed in March 2022.  The Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report was released on June 2, 2023 and the comment period closed July 17, 2023.  On August 18, 2023, the City released the Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report.  All documents are available below.

Notice of Preparation of a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report

Draft Subsequent EIR Document

Sections

Appendices

Revised Final Subsequent EIR Document

Findings of Fact and Statement of Overriding Considerations

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program

Zoning Regulations

The LEA Community Plan will be implemented by a new Special Planning Area (SPA), which will serve as the zoning regulations for the area. The SPA is in development and will be presented to the City Council for adoption following approval of the LEA Community Plan.

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Prior Public Workshops

The City has hosted a series of public workshops to discuss the project and solicit feedback from the public. The first meeting, which focused on an introduction to the project and general discussion occurred in February 2020. The second meeting was October 29, 2020, and reviewed concepts for the area. The presentation from the meeting is available, as well as a recording.

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Contact

Christopher Jordan, AICP
Director of Strategic Planning and Innovation
cjordan@elkgrovecity.org