SPUR Recommends Changes to Airport Flight Paths to Increase Building Heights in San Jose

Policy Letter February 1, 2019

For the past few years, SPUR has actively looked at the possibilities for increasing allowable building height limits in downtown San Jose and the Diridon Station area. This change would maximize jobs and housing in these areas. The City of San Jose is currently considering several scenarios for altering flight paths at Mineta San Jose International Airport in order to allow for taller buildings. SPUR recommends accepting Scenario 4, which would use the Federal Aviation Administration's own safety standards to determine maximum building height limits downtown and in the Diridon Station area. We strongly believe that a healthy and vibrant downtown, along with a well-operated and growing regional airport, will further the success of San Jose.

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