Cambrian Park Plaza Draft Environmental Impact Report Town Hall

Pam Foley
4 min readNov 12, 2021

This is the latest update in connection with the Cambrian Park Plaza project proposal. The Cambrian Park Plaza’s Draft Environmental Report (EIR) is available for review and circulating for public comment. This public comment period begins today, November 12, 2021 and remains open for 45-days, ending on January 3, 2022. Written comments must be received by the Planning Department by 5:00 pm on January 3, 2022.

The Draft EIR and documents referenced in the Draft EIR are available for review online at the City of San José’s website, “Active EIRs.” Environmental Impact Reports are used to inform the public and public agency decision-makers of a proposed project’s environmental effects. They help us identify possible ways to mitigate potential impacts, and describe reasonable alternatives to various proposals. This particular Draft EIR tells us there are no identified significant and unavoidable impacts. All impacts can be reduced to less-than significant under California Environmental Quality Act standards by implementing proper mitigation measures.

This is an opportunity for you to comment on any potential impacts related to biological resources, noise, vibrations, and more. Please review the Draft EIR and email your comments to the environmental planner for this project, Kara Hawkins.

Our office is planning a Cambrian Park Plaza Draft EIR Town Hall on Monday, December 13 at 6:30 pm. I will be joined by two City of San Jose planners, Kara Hawkins and Laura Meiners, and the project applicant team including Sean Morley and Ken Rodrigues.

Please join us by registering on Zoom. This is an opportunity for the public to learn about the various studies and ask questions of city staff and of the applicant.


Project Description: Planned Development Pre-zoning from unincorporated to CN(PD) Planned Development Zoning District and Planned Development Permit to allow for demolition of the existing commercial structures and surface parking lot and the construction of a mixed-use project with approximately 229 hotel rooms, 305 apartment units, 48 single-family dwellings, 25 townhomes, a 180-bed (184,0060-square foot) assisted living facility or a 160,000-square foot office building, approximately 50,990 square feet of commercial space including restaurant, retail and other commercial uses, and approximately 4 acres of public open space on a 18.1 gross acre site at the southeast corner of Union and Camden Avenues, commonly known as Cambrian Park Plaza Shopping Center.

The proposed project would provide 1,012 below-grade parking spaces, 94 surface parking spaces, and 146 private garage spaces, for a total of 1,252 parking spaces. The project proposes a total of 209 bicycle spaces.

Construction of the proposed project is estimated to occur for a period of 28 months.

Location: The project site is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Camden Avenue and Union Avenue, in the Cambrian Park neighborhood in southwestern San José, California.

Council District: 9

File Nos.: PDC17–040, PD20–007, CAMBRIAN 37 (Annexation)

The proposed project will have potentially significant environmental effects on Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, and Noise resource areas. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires this notice to disclose whether any listed toxic sites are present at the project location. The project site is not present on any list pursuant to Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code.

The public review period for this Public Review Draft EIR begins on November 12, 2021 and ends on January 3, 2022. Written comments must be received at the Planning Department by 5:00 pm on January 3, 2022 to be addressed as part of the formal EIR review process. Please note that this circulation period extends beyond the normal 45-day timeline to account for observed holidays. Written comments and questions should be referred to Kara Hawkins in the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement via e-mail:, or by regular mail at the mailing address listed for the Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement, (200 E. Santa Clara Street, 3rd FL San José, CA 95113, please send to the attention of Kara Hawkins).

The Draft EIR and documents referenced in the Draft EIR are available for review online at the City of San José’s “Active EIRs” website at The documents are also available for review from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday with an appointment at the City of San José Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, located at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street; at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library, located at 150 E. San Fernando Street; and at the Cambrian Branch Library, located at 1780 Hillsdale Avenue.

For the official record, please submit your written comment letter and reference PD20–007 and/or PDC17–040.

Following the close of the public review period, the Director of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement will prepare a Final Environmental Impact Report that will include responses to comments received during the review period. At least ten days prior to the public hearing on the EIR, the City’s responses to comments received during the public review period will be available for review and will be sent to those who have commented in writing on the EIR during the public review period.



Pam Foley

Wife & Mother. Former SJUSD Trustee. Real Estate Professional. Rotarian. Housing Advocate. San José District 9 City Councilmember & Proud San Jose Booster