May 27, 2021

Sunnyvale City Council approved the study of up to 20,000 new homes at Moffett Park


Sunnyvale City Council approved the study of up to 20,000 new homes at Moffett Park. Currently Moffett Park is dominated by office parks and parking lots, but the City of Sunnyvale is planning on transforming the area into an Eco-Innovation District that integrates housing, neighborhood-serving retail, new jobs, ecological improvements, and open space, all along transit lines. 

SV@Home was supportive of Planning Commission and City Staff’s recommendation to study up to 18,500 new homes, as well as a higher number of studied homes, depending on maximum feasibility. City Council passed a formal amendment to increase the number of studied homes to 20,000, which SV@Home believes is an exciting opportunity to provide the City with more options in the future to consider additional housing capacity. SV@Home also provided several recommendations to City Council, including asking to consider an overall affordable housing goal of 20% of all units by providing density and height concessions; exploring a Jobs-Housing Linkage program to ensure that new housing development proceeds at a similar pace to new office development; and exploring an Ecological Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program that would allow the city to provide density and height incentives in exchange for landowners returning and/or restoring sensitive habitats or other ecological resources. With the final plan to study up to 20,000 homes in Moffett Park, City Staff will now begin the critical study period. Future study sessions on policies and findings will cover affordable housing, density and form, community benefits, and more. SV@Home looks forward to continuing to support Sunnyvale’s Eco-Innovation District Vision and advocating for affordable housing in Moffett Park.