The City of Cupertino has received its first Builder’s Remedy proposal. The project would redevelop 20015 Stevens Creek Boulevard with a five-story apartment complex, including some affordable housing. However, Acclaim Companies has told YIMBY the plans are on hold.
The 70-foot proposal would create 141 units two blocks from where Sand Hill Property Company is developing The Rise. However, when reached for comment, Acclaim Companies’ partner, Gary Johnson, told YIMBY, “We are placing this project on hold and do not plan to proceed with this application for now.” A specific reason was not given.
The preliminary application was filed in May this year so that the project could qualify for Senate Bill 330. By September, a second application was filed to the city, stating that the applicant would use the Builder’s Remedy to expedite approval and increase residential capacity. The remedy is an informal name for a provision in state law that revokes local zoning control from any city in California with a non-compliant Housing Element plan.
The Housing Element was expected to show that the city has a feasible plan to achieve its Regional Housing Need Allocation as established by the State. The RHNA calculation for Cupertino states that, between 2023 and 2031, the city is expected to approve roughly 4,588 dwelling units.
Further north in Palo Alto, Acclaim is working on a separate builder’s remedy-assisted permit for 3150 El Camino Real. The developer had filed plans using SB 330, but after facing uncertainty about city support, elected to submit a secondary Builder’s Remedy Alternative as a secure path to build housing if the initial application is disapproved.