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7:30 PM19:30

Transportation, Parking, Land-use Seminar – FREE - Thurs, Nov 5, 7:30pm

Traffic and circulation are two of the biggest issues any development proposal faces, but what are we doing to address it?

Join us for a free seminar on Thursday, Nov 5 at 7:30pm to hear from experts in this field – arrive early for light snacks!


The notion that virtually anyone will be able to afford a chauffeur seems ridiculous. But then again, ten years ago, only a few experts and visionaries saw a future where most everyone would have personal assistants that listen to and respond with information that range from arcane to life-saving. The combination of automation, connectivity, electrification, and sharing is going to revolutionize transportation in a way that is similar to how the smart phone has transformed communications and computing.

Princeton’s Dr. Alain Kornhauser is one of those experts who has seen and been working on the future of mobility for many decades. Kornhauser will provide a broad overview of the current state of automating the transportation experience, the hurdles that must be overcome, and how we get to a world where a “personal chauffeur” is more typical than not.

In addition to impacting the way we move from place-to-place, autonomous vehicles will change land-use. For instance, when a vehicle can park itself (as Tesla will be able to later this year), the need to closely couple parking with living space may go away. This is significant, as some estimate that 1/3 of the land in a typical urban area is set aside for vehicles through roads and parking. Assistant Professor Shannon Sanders McDonald, AIA, who wrote the book on the parking garage, will address the impact autonomy will have on land-use and the “built-environment”.

-Hosted by Winchester NAC (Neighborhood Action Coalition)

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Change, Growth & Planning: Land Use Workshop with Don Weden
11:30 AM11:30

Change, Growth & Planning: Land Use Workshop with Don Weden

  • St. Mark's Church Parish Hall (map)
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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 .

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