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Circulation and Mobility Planning Project

Published on: 10/21/2014 9:41 AM


The Circulation and Mobility Planning Project will take a fresh look at the needs of the County road system in the context of traffic conditions and land uses for consistency with the California Complete Streets Act of 2008. The Project will take a two-prong approach by:

  • Preparing a new General Plan Circulation and Mobility element to capture the goals of the California Complete Streets Act. "Complete Streets" is a national movement to ensure that all modes of transportation: vehicles, public transit, bicyclists, pedestrians of all ages and abilities are accommodated on roads as needed. The County's updated Circulation and Mobility element already addresses this but will be fine-tuned and updated to meet the needs of the Complete Streets Act.
  • A Roads Master Plan will be developed for nearly the 600 miles of County-maintained roads, addressing development policies and standards for both public and private roads, determining future road expansion needs, and identifying Complete Streets improvements.

 The  Project Fact Sheet is available here and below.

The links below show the proposed planned roadway cross sections for variations of arterial, rural, mountain, semi-rural, suburban, and urban.   Understanding that each street on the County Roads System has unique characteristics, these proposed cross-sections provide a general theme of possibilities based on street-type. * Please note, the proposed planned cross sections are draft. Project staff members are taking comments, suggestions and questions regarding the cross sections in the “Contact Us” section or email us by clicking here.


The County is proactive in reaching out to the public, especially key neighborhoods and project areas where the County maintains the roads.  It is important to receive your feedback on the County’s roads system in order to update the Circulation and Mobility Element and develop the Roads Master Plan.
The County hosted four meetings in August and September.  Click here to see the meeting flyers. 


Below is a list of the meeting locations and the material that was presented.

Meeting Summary
San Martin
August 26, 2014
Los Gatos-Saratoga-Cupertino Area
September 8, 2014
Morgan Hill-South San Jose Area
September 9, 2014
Gilroy Area
September 15, 2014




  •  (Notice of Preparation - NOP)The County of Santa Clara is preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (Program EIR) for the Santa Clara County General Plan Circulation and Mobility Element Update.  The Circulation and Mobility Element Update will include policies to support and implement improvements to the County Expressways and County Unincorporated Road System.  The Notice of Preparation includes the project location and description, a brief summary of the potential environmental impacts, and instructions for submitting written comments on the scope and content of the environmental information to be discussed in the Program EIR.  A Public Scoping Session to solicit comments for the Notice of Preparation was held at the Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA on Thursday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • June 19, 2014 NOP Public Scoping Session Meeting Summary (Circulation Element EIR Scoping Meeting Notes 6-19-14 Final.pdf 
  •   Comment Letters received in response to NOP.  Per state law and in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the comment period on the Notice of Preparation were due 30 days from the receipt of the posting, May 27, 2014.  The attached comments were received within the 30 day notice of June 30, 2014. 


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