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The April Charrette, the first of two design charrettes for the Vallco project, is a multi-day opportunity for the Cupertino community to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to craft a vision for the Vallco Special Area. The ideas and vision developed during the charrette along with community input will guide the creation of the Specific Plan. The charrette will include many opportunities for interaction and feedback, including Public Presentations, Brown Bag Lunches and Open Studio. Join us!
April 9th-13th, 2018 at Cupertino
City Hall, 10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino 95014


What is a Charrette?

Charrette (“cart” in French) is aterm often used to describe the final, intense work effort expended by art and architecture students to meet a project deadline. The two Vallco Charrettes are multiple-day public design workshops that bring together community members, decision makers and stakeholders to work with the impartial multi-disciplinary Opticos team to co-create a preferred Specific Plan. Anyone directly affected by the outcome is involved in the design process through a series of short feedback loops or meetings over the course of the multiple-day charrette.

Do I need to be there all the time?

The community is invited to attend all scheduled events if they have the time. The charrette offers many opportunities for people to engage, and most stakeholders attend two or three feedback meetings at critical decision making points during the charrette. If you have limited time, we would suggest attending the Opening and Closing Presentations, which will have the most information. If you have additional availability, the Mid-Point Presentation will give you a look at the work in progress in an informal setting.
The Brown Bag Presentations are a valuable opportunity to bring your lunch and learn about key topics related to the project. These include short presentations by the consultant team followed by discussion. During Open Studio, the charrette studio will be open to the public; Tuesday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, and on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to observe what is being produced and engage with the design team as they work.

What does the Charrette result in?

The result of Charrette One is a set of several plan options including site plans, framework diagrams and 3D renderings addressing land use and built form, program mixes, transportation, parking and transportation demand management (TDM) concepts as well as preliminary analysis of economic and fiscal impacts and community benefits. The physical 3D model along with drawings and data will be used to illustrate the plan options. The charrette will conclude with a Closing Presentation summarizing the charrette results at a public meeting on Friday April 13th, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

What happens after the Charrette?

The community will have the opportunity to look at the Charrette One plan options online and post comments using the CiviComment web tool, for the time between Charrette One and Charrette Two (scheduled for May 20th- 24th). During this time, the Opticos team will be working on further developing the plan options, and evaluating their performancemeasured against the project’s guiding principles, design objectives and feasibility indicators. Opticos will use the online feedback to refine the Plan Options in preparation for Charrette Two. The result of Charrette Two will be a preferred plan, which will be used to develop the formal Vallco Area Specific Plan in conjunction with the EIR process through the fall during which more public meetings will occur.

When is the next Charrette?

Charrette Two is scheduled to be held from Sunday May 20th to Thursday May 24th. We look forward to seeing you there!
April 9th - April 13th 2018
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Cupertino City Hall