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Development Policies
This page contains many common development-related policies from the Planning Director, Planning Commission, and City Council. For a complete listing of City Council policies, please access the Council Policy Manual on the City's Clerk's website (Note: policies related to planning and zoning are contained in section 6).

Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC)
The State of California regulates land use surrounding airports through local Airport Land Use Commissions (ALUC). In Santa Clara County, the ALUC prepares the land use plans surrounding each of the airports in the county and reviews certain development applications. There are two airports in San José, Mineta San José International Airport and Reid-Hillview Airport. Each of the airports has its own adopted land use plan that should be reviewed in preparing development plans. The Reid-Hillview Airport Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted by the ALUC on October 24, 2007.

Employment Lands Preservation
The City Council adopted the Framework for Preservation of Employment Lands on October 23, 2007 to preserve remaining industrial and commercial lands in the City of San José. This policy, together with the joint Mayor-Council memo, both available at the links above, provide the criteria to maintain no net loss of employment capacity on lands designated in the San José 2020 General Plan for commercial or industrial uses. Proposals for changes in land uses on designated employment lands in the City of San José are subject to the criteria in the Framework and the associated Joint Mayor-Council Memo. Please review the presentation on the framework and the staff memo to the City Council as well as the key employment lands map.

With the economic downturn, the pressure to convert employment lands to housing, civic, or retail uses has grown tremendously in recent years. A surge in conversion proposals prompted the city, in June 2003, to hire a consultant team to analyze the potential fiscal impacts of large-scale conversions. For more information read the consultant’s report, entitled "Towards the Future: Jobs, Land Use, and Fiscal Issues in San José's Key Employment Areas: 2000-2020," along with the map. Review the presentation and the staff memo to the City Council on Employment Lands on March 29, 2007.

Planning staff has prepared a conversions map and conversions data table identifying all General Plan Amendments affecting the City's industrial land supply over the 1990 to 2009 time period.

An earlier report may also be of interest:
"Maintaining a Strong Economic Base: Analysis of High Tech Trends, Projections, Primary Industries and Supplier Linkages in San José", April 21, 2000.

For more information on this topic, please contact Senior Planner, Jenny Nusbaum, or (408) 535-7872.