Change, Growth & Planning: Envisioning Santa Clara County 3.0 Land Use Workshop
Santa Clara County is entering a new era in its physical development, driven by major demographic, economic, environmental and geographic forces. It is becoming a more urban place.
Our population is projected to grow by about 300,000 people in just the next 15 years -- the equivalent of adding two more Sunnyvales. The vast majority of that growth will be accommodated within existing urban areas, bringing major changes, challenges, and opportunities.
In addition, 2/3 of that growth is projected to occur in the 65 and older age group, as the Baby Boomers age. By 2030, 1/4 of our adult population will be 65+ and our county's population will be the oldest it has ever been. That dramatic aging of our population will bring many challenges, including pressures for changes to our automobile-dependent land use patterns and the need for a wider array of housing and mobility choices.
Maintaining our quality of life, while adapting to these major changes will require responsible, visionary local land use planning — and community attitudes that support well-planned, appropriately-located, higher-density new development.
Join us as Don Weden, a former Santa Clara County principal planner for 34 years, shares his wisdom and insights in an informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining presentation about change, growth, and planning -- as we prepare for Santa Clara County, version 3.0.
This meeting is free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be provided.
The hall holds only 299 people so please show up on time to make sure you get a seat.
It may be the best 90 minutes you will spend on anything related to land use and transportation planning. He will not speak to any one specific project, but will help set the stage for thoughtful future discussions on the many projects that face our community.
Followed by Community Meeting and discussion regarding proposed development of the BAREC site from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m .