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Draft Traffic Study Released

March 31, 2018


The City of Campbell Planning Department released the draft Traffic Impact Study (TIS) March 2, 2018. The 152-page report, prepared by W-Trans, was paid for by the City, and reimbursed by In-N-Out Burger. Click here to download a PDF of the report: 499 E Hamilton TIS.PDF


  1. The Hwy. 17 southbound off-ramp/Salmar intersection is projected to be a "FAIL" (Level of Service "F").

  2. Because that intersection is LOS F, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required. (The City has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the EIR, with responses/bids due Monday, April 16.)

  3. The study predicts that neigborhood streets in Hamann Park will not be significantly affected. (We disagree, and are having traffic experts review the study.)

  4. The study recommends that the Hwy. 17 southbound off-ramp be widened with the addition of an additional lane. (This was also recommended in a 2004 TIS for the Kohl's development, but never funded or done.)


  1. There appear to be deficiencies and omissions in the Traffic Study.

  2. Traffic Study counts at many key intersections and neighborhood streets were collected at the wrong time of day and/or for an inadequate period of time.

  3. There is no supportable justification in the Traffic Study or in City documents (dating back to 2004) that widening the Hwy. 17 southbound off-ramp would reduce traffic congestion at key intersections. It might make it worse!

  4. The traffic counts for neighborhoods were too small a window of time and on incorrect days to reliably predict traffic. There is no qualitative assessment – cars speed over the speed bumps at 50 miles per hour, blow through stop signs, and drivers throw trash on our streets. We live in these neighborhoods and W-Trans does not.

Citizens For Sensible Growth is employing the services of a
traffic consultant to review and critique the report.


Enviromental Impact Report

March 31, 2018


The Envirnmental Impact Report (EIR) is a comprehensive evaluation in compliance with the California Environment Quality Act (CEQA). EIR's typically cost $250,000 or more – In-N-Out Burger would reimburse the City for the cost. The City has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the EIR; bids are due by April 16, 2018.

The EIR can include, but is not limited to:

  • Aesthetics
  • Biological Resources
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Land Use / Planning
  • Population Housing
  • Transportation / Traffic
  • Cultural Resources
  • Public Services
  • Air Quality
  • Noise


The Process Briefly Explained

January 10, 2018


There are a number of studies and reports that the City of Campbell Planning Department require. These include the Traffic Impact Analysis, Site Plans, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), and Architectural Review. (Click on CFSG - City Campbell Meeting Minutes 9-12-17 Final.pdf for a more complete description of the required permits and processes.)


Once the City of Campbell Planning Department has received all relevant reports and studies, it will assess the information before forwarding the data and recommendations to the City of Campbell Planning Commission. A public hearing shall be scheduled once the Community Development Director has deemed the application complete.


In addition, there are three conditional use permits that will be required at this location. They are:

1.      Late hours (after 10:00 PM).

2.      Drive-thru Restaurant.

3.      Fast food restaurant.

If any these are disallowed, the application, as filed, is denied.


The Planning Commission consists of seven appointed citizens who will decide by simple majority whether the In-N-Out proposal will, or will not be approved. Any decision by the Planning Commission may be appealed by any party to the five-member elected City Council who, by simple majority, will make a final decision.


If the Planning Commission's decision is for application approval, Citizens For Sensible Growth WILL appeal the decision to City Council.


Note that by City law, either In-N-Out or a residential or commercial property owner within 300 feet of the proposed In-N-Out development may file legal suit to challenge a final decision by City Council. Property owners may only file suit on the basis of issues that they have raised with the City prior to the close of public comment.



Meetings and Discussions with Public Officials


CFSG has met with a variety of Public Officials and City Staff to discuss our issues and concerns.


Public (elected) Officials and their position on the In-N-Out application. Our committee has called on the following politicians in our area to get their feedback: Contact these politicians to make your voice known.

1.      Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor: Against (click here to download Ken Yeager' s letter).

2.     Chappie Jones, San Jose Councilmember, District 1: Against (verbal).

3.      Jason Baker, Ex Campbell Mayor: Against (verbal).

4.     Evan Low, California State Assembly: Against, waiting for his formal statement.

5.     Jim Beall: Will meet with him soon – he cancelled our meeting due to scheduling changes.


Campbell City Council

Note that City Council members may not indicate how they may vote on an appeal.

1︎.      Mayor Paul Resnikoff: Spoke briefly and will meet again.

2. ︎     Vice Mayor Rich Waterman: Met with him on several occasions.

3.      Jeff Christina: He requested a meeting with us. We met with him for over 2 hours.

4.      Susan Landry: Met with her on several occasions.

5.      Liz Gibbons: Met with her once.


City of Campbell Staff


Campbell Planning Department: Daniel Fama, Sr. Planner, and Paul Kermoyan, Community Development Director.

September 12, 2017 (see CFSG - City Campbell Meeting Minutes 9-12-17 Final.pdf).

November 08, 2017.


Campbell City Manager: Brian Loventhal.

November, 2017


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