| OVERVIEW: 'For the Kids' Land Development Initiative
Our holistic assessment of district-owned properties led us to the 12-acre district office site. This site is a remnant from the sale of Camden High School which accounts for its odd shape.
Current Land Use
Camden Post-Secondary Academy, Maintenance Yard, District Office
With guidance from realty consultants, the district sought development partners that provided uses that the surrounding neighborhoods would find beneficial. In particular, the district sought uses that would not significantly impact traffic, noise, quality of life, and property value.
To maintain one of our guiding principles of “being a good neighbor,” we sought a residential development solution to conform with the prevailing existing neighborhood character as defined by density, lot size, orientation, and form.
With regard to community engagement, CUHSD sought to have the community take the journey with us in order to understand why we are taking this step, and to ensure no surprises by any requirements of the General Plan amendment process such as the development signs that are posted at the property. CUHSD conducted several community meetings for the residents who live within 1500 feet of the project, and attended community meetings with the Cambrian Community Council, Friends of Cambrian Park Plaza, Branham PTSA, Leigh Home & School Club, Del Mar PTSA, Prospect PTSA, and Westmont PTSA in order to gain feedback on the mixed-use development proposal. There was overwhelming community support for this project with 1265 signed letters of support and no organized opposition.
In order to implement the development proposal, District staff members submitted a General Plan amendment application to the City of San Jose requesting that the 3.28 acres at the Camden frontage be rezoned from PQP to Commercial Industrial Commercial (CIC) and that the 6 acres in the narrow middle section be rezoned from PQP to RN. On December 11th, 2019 the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to approve the District’s General Plan amendment.
With the approval of the General Plan amendment, residential land will be exchanged for ownership of the Heritage Village Office complex near downtown Campbell, providing immediate tenant lease revenue.
Heritage Village Offices