North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Palo Alto
Document Title
North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The City of Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan 2030 (Comprehensive Plan) designates a mix of land uses for the Plan Area including multi-family residential, single-family residential, service commercial, neighborhood commercial, light industrial, and research/office.
Document Description
The City proposes the NVCAP in accordance with the Palo Alto Municipal Code Section 19.10 and the Palo Alto 2030 Comprehensive Plan Policy L-1.7 and Program L-4.10, which specifically calls for the preparation of a plan for the North Ventura and surrounding California Avenue area in order to establish the future of the North Ventura area as a walkable neighborhood with multi-family housing, ground-floor retail, a public park, creek improvements, and an interconnected street grid. The NVCAP would be built out over an approximate 20-year period. The NVCAP includes land use policies and programs that would allow up to an additional 530 residential units and two acres of new public open space within the plan area. While new commercial space is expected in the plan area, to accommodate the new residential dwellings and NVCAP programs, there would be an overall net decrease in commercial space over the build out of the plan. The NVCAP would result in a net reduction of up to 278,000 square feet of office and up to 7,500 square feet of retail. Residential densities would range from low to high, allowing for a wide range of multi-family housing typologies and mixed-use typologies. New buildings in the plan area would be, at a maximum, 65 feet in height. The NVCAP would create and enhance well-defined connections to transit, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities, including connections to the Caltrain Station, Park Boulevard, and El Camino Real. The NVCAP would maintain the existing vehicular flow on Park Boulevard, Olive Avenue, Ash Street (proposed one-way from Oregon Expressway to Olive Avenue), Acacia Avenue, Pepper Avenue, and Portage Avenue. On Lambert Avenue, the plan proposes to downsize the vehicle travel lane to create a wider pedestrian thoroughfare. The NVCAP would eliminate portions of on-street parking to create opportunities for new Class IV bike lanes (protected lanes) on Park Boulevard, Olive Avenue, Ash Street, Acacia Avenue, Pepper Avenue, and Portage Avenue. The existing Lambert Avenue bridge would be replaced with a new bridge spanning approximately 100 feet and would connect Portage Avenue to Lambert Avenue. The NVCAP would create a fully naturalized Matadero Creek through the establishment of a riparian corridor buffer of 100 feet. The plan also includes a minimum of two acres of public open space within the plan area.

Contact Information

Sheldon Ah Sing
Agency Name
City of Palo Alto
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Palo Alto
Santa Clara
Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
Oregon Expressway / Page Mill Road, El Camino Real, Lambert Avenue, and the Caltrain rail corrid
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 82
El Carmelo, Barron Park, Juana Briones, Gunn, Fairmeadow, JL Sta
Matadero Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 17, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), Department of Toxic Substances Control
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), Department of Toxic Substances Control
Development Types
Residential (Units 560, Acres 60)
Local Actions
Community Plan, Area Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Utilities/Service Systems
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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