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San Jose and Santa Clara County at Loggerheads About Residence Building

From remaining: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Santa Clara County Government Jeff Smith (County of Santa Clara Office of the County Govt, Getty Photographs)

4 months in the past, the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara agreed to split a ten years-extensive deadlock in the building of 32,000 residences. Now the county has held up the offer.

Santa Clara County has blocked design until San Jose completes a collection of lengthy-standing highway enhancements, the San Jose Mercury Information described. Negotiations have stalled, with both entities heading into mediation.

It’s part of San Jose’s “standard irresponsible approach to progress,” stated Santa Clara County Government Jeff Smith, who emphasised a 16-year-outdated arrangement that laid out express highway improvements.

“When anyone is trapped in traffic on any of the San Jose streets,” he reported, “they can think about the metropolis not mitigating the housing and the development that they accredited.”

In May perhaps, San Jose slash a deal with the city of Santa Clara to stop a ten years-prolonged housing cap, which cleared the way for housing, office environment and industrial development in North San Jose.

The metropolis in 2005 experienced planned to establish up to 32,000 residences and 26.7 million square ft of place of work or industrial space, additionally 2.7 million sq. feet of commercial place on its north aspect. But lawsuits from the town of Santa Clara and Santa Clara County generated a settlement extra than a decade back that correctly capped housing development.

New enhancement would enjoy a essential purpose in San Jose’s exertion to meet up with condition-mandated housing plans, with 20 p.c of the planned 32,000 models marked as reasonably priced.

As component of the latest amended arrangement, San Jose committed to investing $38.5 million in transportation advancements to reduce traffic congestion. In exchange, Santa Clara agreed not to sue San Jose.

But the county was not hip to the offer, irrespective of development by San Jose in widening Montague Expressway in between Lick Mill Boulevard and To start with Street, with more transportation tasks in the pipeline.

“We’re keen for the county to articulate what specific prerequisites they have that will enable us to get cost-effective housing built in North San Jose,” Mayor Sam Liccardo instructed the Mercury News. “I have not noticed any indication that the county is any far more ready to permit housing to get constructed.”

A May possibly letter from county counsel James Williams to the town outlined the roadway assignments San Jose must comprehensive, such as the widening of Montague Expressway, as nicely as I-880 and Trade Zone Boulevard, as well as the building of a Trimble Street flyover.
The county has beforehand threatened to consider San Jose to courtroom if the town moves ahead. But Liccardo sees litigation as “unlikely.”
“What’s significantly a lot more probably is that the cloud of litigation will avert any builder from having a shovel in the ground,” he explained. “The mere menace of litigation will be enough to convey to each builder in the region that you need to not create in North San Jose.”

— Dana Bartholomew