San Jose is experiencing a tremendous amount of development and pre-development activity (projects in the news that have not yet filed a formal application with the city for entitlement). Knowing about what may be coming is important for thinking about the challenges ahead, such as the proportion of new jobs to new homes, whether those homes will be affordable to those working in the jobs created, and what opportunities exist to maximize the amount of affordable housing. With this in mind, SV@Home tracks San Jose’s development activity closely.

The table below summarizes the development and pre-development activity in San Jose, as of November 2021. Overall, San Jose has just over 4 jobs in the pipeline for each housing unit. While there is no one scientific standard to the ratio of employed residents to housing units, SV@Home recommends a proportion of 1.4 new jobs to new homes.

Many approved projects may take years to be completed.  Some, like Google’s proposed development at Diridon Station in San Jose, will take a decade or more to build out. 

Anticipated New Jobs, San Jose Development Pipeline as of November 2021
Pre-Application*Application Submitted Approved Projects Under Construction Total Jobs
Downtown (except Diridon + Google) & N. 1st St. Urban Village14,96947,73814,9297,08684,722
Diridon + Google + The Alameda (East) Urban Village11,97229,3236483,92945,872
North San Jose & Alviso19,14210,87212,1892,61344,816
Other Areas of the City8,5117,3353,0261,38520,257
Anticipated New Homes, San Jose Development Pipeline as of November 2021
Pre Application*Application SubmittedApproved ProjectsUnder ConstructionTotal
Downtown (except Diridon + Google) & N. 1st St. Urban Village2,6022,1063,9851,2699,962
Diridon + Google + The Alameda (East) Urban Village4,4055,8791,23114811,663
North San Jose & Alviso2,5090002,509
Other Areas of the City9,1443,3153,2352,23817,932

*”Pre-Application” means that no application was on file as of January 1, 2021 but the project was in the news.

** “WESTSIDE” includes: all of West Valley west of Highway 17/880; the W. San Carlos St., Race Street Light Rail, South Bascom (North), and Southwest Expressway Urban Villages; and the Midtown Specific Plan area.

Jobs and Residential Development Pipelines as of September 2021 from the City of San Jose: San Jose’s website includes only “major” projects: 50+ dwelling units; 25,000+ square feet for commercial development; and 75,000+ square feet for industrial/office development. San Jose is the only jurisdiction for which the data is broken down into subareas, reflecting the City’s much larger geographical area as compared with other jurisdictions.