I. LAND USE AND PLANNING
The project area is located in Santa Clara County and specifically within the City of San Jose and the City of Santa Clara. The area is comprised of varied land uses including industrial, commercial, open space, parkland, residential and institutional uses. The area is located within the heart of Silicon Valley, an area that is currently undergoing rapid development.
Land along the proposed Trimble-Nortech line is designated in the San Jose 2020 General Plan as Industrial Park, Light Industrial, Public/Quasi-Public, and Public Park/Open Space. Applicable City of San Jose zoning along the proposed Trimble-Nortech line is designated as Industrial (I), Residence District (R-3-B), Manufacturing (M-4), Agricultural (A), and Agricultural Planned District (APD). Utility facilities are permitted in the Industrial District, and are allowed, with a conditional use permit, within the R-3-B, M-4, A, and APD Districts. The Trimble-Nortech line would therefore have no impact with respect to compatibility with general plan and zoning designations.
Lands along the Kifer-Nortech line lies primarily within the City of Santa Clara and is designated in the City of Santa Clara General Plan as Industrial Transition (IT), Light Industrial (LI), Moderate Density Residential (MOD), Single Family Detached (SFD), Single Family Attached (SFA), Institutional (Inst), Urban Reserve (UR), Parks & Recreational (P&R) and Open Space (OS). Applicable City of Santa Clara zoning along the proposed Kifer-Nortech line is designated as Light Industrial (ML). Utility facilities are permitted in the ML district with a conditional use permit. The Kifer-Nortech line would therefore have no impact with respect to compatibility with general plan and zoning designations.
The Trimble-Nortech power line route lies primarily within the Rincon de Los Esteros Redevelopment area of north San Jose. The new line would not change the land use within the redevelopment area, and therefore, the project would have no impact with respect to the future redevelopment plans. The Kifer-Nortech power line alignment lies primarily within the City of Santa Clara. The new line would not change the land use within the plan area, and therefore, the project would have no impact with respect to the future redevelopment plans.
Crossing U.S. Highway 101 at one location and State Route 237 at two locations would require encroachment permits from Caltrans.
The Trimble-Nortech line would run adjacent to areas with industrial and office parks as the primary land use. These business parks, which are occupied primarily by high-tech companies, would not be significantly affected by construction of the line. At the northern end of the proposed line is an existing medium high density residential area. Residential uses are considered sensitive receptors and would be affected in the short-term by project construction, as well as by visual and noise effects from long-term operation. These are indirect effects to land use as they potentially affect existing activities associated with residential uses. The project would not directly alter existing residential uses; e.g., would not require moving or demolishing any residences. Thus, project impacts to vicinity land uses would be less than significant. In addition, the following proposed project mitigation measure would further reduce potential indirect impacts of noise and visual conditions on existing activities: at least two weeks prior to line construction, PG&E will give notice to potentially affected property owners, residents and businesses by both posting bulletins locally and publishing them in local papers. PG&E will designate a public affairs representative to respond to all public concerns regarding the project. Construction of the Trimble-Nortech line would therefore have a less than significant impact on land use.
The Kifer-Nortech line would run adjacent to a variety of land uses, including industrial and office parks, single and multi-family residences, and several recreational-use areas, including the Police Activity League recreation area and Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club. Residential and public land uses are considered sensitive land uses. As discussed above, line construction would not directly alter existing residential uses; e.g., would not require moving or demolishing any residences. Thus, the impacts to vicinity land uses would be less than significant. Mitigation measures discussed above would also be implemented during construction of the Kifer-Nortech line. Construction of the Kifer-Nortech line would therefore have a less than significant impact on vicinity land uses.
d) The land uses surrounding the substation site and along the line routes are primarily industrial, commercial, public use and residential. While a small portion of the Trimble-Nortech line would pass along land zoned for agricultural use north of SR 237, no impacts to agricultural resources or operations would occur as a result of either the Nortech Substation or power line construction.
e) Neither the proposed substation site nor the new transmission lines would result in physical features that would disrupt or divide the area, or induce changes in land use that would be expected to have this result. The transmission lines would be constructed primarily along existing right-of-ways, or adjacent to them. Therefore, the project would not disrupt or divide the physical arrangement of an established community.
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