With extensive input from the community, the city and the consultant team have conceptualized the following vision and guiding principles, which will be presented in workshop 2.
An innovation district attractive for people and business, with many green spaces and recreational opportunities along the creeks, interconnected network of pedestrian path, pleasant to bike around, with easy access to public transit. Providing much needed housing and jobs near transit. Respecting existing residential neighborhoods. People live and work closer together in a vibrant district with placemaking elements designed for people.
GUIDING PRINCIPLE 1
Prioritize Connectivity and Accessibility
Prioritize the connection of the new residential areas with existing residential areas, free circulation within commercial areas around the BART station, and connectivity from open space and creeks to all other areas. Accessibility to transit will be imperative—all neighborhoods should have clear access to the BART station through safe, convenient, and pleasant public spaces that make it easy to move throughout the Village with or without a car.
GUIDING PRINCIPLE 2
Foster Alternative Forms of Transportation
Land use and urban form policies will prioritize alternative forms of transportation and human-scale environments. This means attractive streetscapes with places for people to connect, prioritizing travel though walking, cycling, public transit, and other modes of transportation, not just the car.
GUIDING PRINCIPLE 3
Sustainability as an Overarching Principle
Geared to help implement San José’s Climate Smart Plan, the Berryessa BART Urban Village will focus on sustainability as an overarching principle to inform the various policies, goals, and standards. New developments will follow Best Practices in energy, water, waste, and construction methods. Improvements in existing neighborhoods will focus on aligning with the future sustainability standards elsewhere in the Urban Village.
GUIDING PRINCIPLE 4
Open Space Enhancement and Protection
Environmental sustainability will enhance policies for open space enhancement and preservation. Penitencia and Coyote Creeks are a significant part of the landscape of the Urban Village. They provide ecosystem services and opportunities for connectivity and open space. Development through the Urban Village should enhance, protect, and preserve the habitat along the creeks, while increasing access to local & regional trail systems.
GUIDING PRINCIPLE 5
A Mixed-use, Mixed-income Urban Village
New as well as existing residential and employment land use will converge in the Urban Village, both benefiting from proximity to the BART station. To enhance pedestrian-oriented design and urban design, the plan will prioritize mixing residential and commercial developments, rather than isolating uses to specific areas within the Urban Village. This makes it easier for people to live, work, and find services close by. A mixed income community with housing opportunities for everyone will enrich the overall character of the area.