Santero Way Specific Plan Update
The Santero Way Specific Plan (SWSP) was adopted in August 2001, and originally envisioned a mixed-use office neighborhood, adjacent to the SMART rail station. The primary objective of the original SWSP was to increase the number of residents and employees within walking distance (1/2 mile) of the SMART station. Specifically, the original Plan envisioned the development of 198 new dwelling units, 339,200 square-feet of office and institutional uses, 68,000 square-feet of retail uses, and 57,000 square feet of supporting parkland/open space.
Since the adoption of the Plan, approximately 100 homes and 15,000 square-feet of live-work spaces have been constructed, with an additional 98 residential units and 5,500 square-feet of office and retail uses approved for development. While the lack of the Plan's full buildout over its 20-year life can partly be attributed to market forces, feedback has indicated that the SWSP is too prescriptive in terms of development standards (such as design type and building height) and too reliant on commercial square footage, given the economic changes since Plan adoption.
Here is a link to the current Santero Way Specific Plan https://www.cotaticity.org/DocumentCenter/View/250/Santero-Way-Specific-Plan-PDF
In response to the stalled redevelopment in this part of the City and to help meet local housing needs, the City has proposed to update the Plan to increase the quantity of residential development in place of the office and institutional square footage currently identified in the Plan. Essentially, the goal would be to pivot the SWSP from an office-focused, mixed-use development to a residentially-focused, transit-oriented neighborhood that also allows for mixed-use and neighborhood-serving retail development.
For this plan update, we need to hear from members of the community! Below is a survey to allow you to provide feedback on the draft plan directly. Everyone who takes the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to a local Cotati business.