Final San Jose Downtown Design Guidelines and Standards
On April 23, 2019 San José City Council approved the new San José Downtown Design Guidelines and Standards. This document was amended by City Council on May 21, 2019 to add the Bird Safety Design Guidelines on page 49 and a few new definitions to the glossary.
Link to the Final Documents:
Design Guidelines Process
The Design Guidelines cover the design review process, site context and design, public realm, building massing and architecture, ground floor design, transit access, parking, view corridors, pedestrian and bicycle connectivity, materials and colors, lighting, signage, façade treatment, bird safety design, and transitions to existing lower intensity and historic buildings.
When approved by Council, this document will replace the 2004 Downtown Design Guidelines and supplement the 2014 Diridon Station Area Plan Design Guidelines:
Diridon Station Area Plan (design guideline section), 2014