Update on Diridon Station Planning
The City of San Jose’s planning activities for the Diridon Station area are ramping up, with the appointment of Lori Parks Severino as Community Engagement Program Manager for the Diridon Station Area, launching of a new website and several tracks of community engagement underway.
In the newly created position with San Jose’s City Manager’s Office, Lori will be responsible for managing Diridon community engagement activities, communications and events as the City seeks stakeholder feedback to inform the decision-making process for this important part of the city’s downtown.
The Diridon Station Area community engagement activities are centered around the 38-member Station Area Advisory Group, which will meet nine times between February and August, 2018, with the following goals:
–Clarify community interests, aspirations, and concerns about development
–Help identify potential options and solutions for quality of life, income equality, transit access challenges
–Serve as sounding board for development concepts
–Help ensure that diverse perspectives are included in the decision-making process
–Assist in project understanding and engagement
The SAAG is also dividing into Solution Groups to study in-depth such issues as transportation/access, housing/displacement, jobs/education, land use/design, and public spaces/neighborhoods.
In May, the Office of Economic Development hosted two walking tours of the Diridon Station area. The public will also have opportunities to provide input at community forums and open houses, pop-up workshops and stakeholder meetings, planned through the end of the year. The SAAG process will feed input to the City administration and City Council as they develop agreements with Google, which is exploring mixed-use development of about 50 of the Diridon Station Area’s 240 acres.
More information on the SAAG meetings, presentations and scheduled events are available on the website