Letter to the San Jose Planning Commission

October 27, 1999

Mr. James Zetterquist
San Jose Planning Commission
City of San Jose
Dept of PBCE
801 N. First St.
San Jose, CA 95110-1795

Subject:       Proposed General Plan Change:   IBM Property (District 10)

Dear Mr. Zetterquist,

I am writing on behalf of the Almaden Valley Community Association to urge you to vote "no" on the proposed General Plan change involving the IBM property in South San Jose.  We believe that there are several good reasons to oppose this change.

  Approval Violates the Integrity of the General Plan

The IBM property was formerly a part of the South Almaden Urban Reserve.  One justification for bringing it into the city’s Urban Service Area was that the land surrounding IBM’s facilities would be maintained as "permanent" open space.  There is significant documentation, which I would be happy to share with you, that clearly demonstrates that the intent of the City of San Jose and IBM was for this to be permanent open space.

  There Are Negative Implications for Future Development

Approval of this proposed General Plan change, which would go back on promises made to citizens, has implications for future development, including the Cisco project in Coyote Valley and ultimately development in the South Almaden Urban Reserve.  Can the citizens rely upon the City's word to meet the conditions of development?

  Approval Would Induce Growth in the South Almaden Urban Reserve

It would be difficult to deny similar proposals to develop parcels in the South Almaden Urban Reserve.  The IBM property lies adjacent to the Reserve and would otherwise be located in it.

This proposed General Plan change is wrong for a number of reasons, and the Board of Directors of the Almaden Valley Community Association urges you and your colleagues to vote against approval.

I would be pleased to discuss this with you further.  I can be reached at 408-925-2978 during the day and 408- 268-1793 in the evening.

Best Regards,

John Redding
AVCABoard of Directors (in 1999)