Airport panel rejects San Jose’s Diridon, Google project plans
Sonya Herreraby Sonya Herrera
DECEMBER 17, 2020
A critical airport commission unanimously voted against San Jose’s Diridon plan and Google’s downtown megacampus, taking issue with proposed building heights that would disrupt the city’s international airport.
Santa Clara County Airport Land Use Commissioner Glenn Hendricks admonished San Jose for failing to answer commissioner’s questions.
“I’m extremely disappointed in the city of San Jose Planning Department for having so many people come to this meeting, and the comment was made, ‘We’re just here to listen, we’re not here to answer any questions you have,’” Hendricks said.
San Jose Economic Development Director Nanci Klein, Planning Director Rosalynn Hughey and other city staff attended the Dec. 16 Airport Land Use Commission meeting, which partly focused on the Diridon Station Area Plan (DSAP) and Google’s Downtown West project.
The seven-member commission studies development proposals and land use changes to make sure buildings don’t obstruct airplanes approaching the county’s airports.
Commissioners discussed how the DSAP amendments would…