Welcome to The Development Digest, a monthly guide delivering the latest news from Fremont's Community Development Department.

Centerville District Update

Fremont’s Centerville District remains a vibrant community in the heart of Fremont and continues to evolve into a center for economic growth. The City is currently planning for new housing, businesses, and a neighborhood park for the area. Several improvement projects are also in the works. 

Street improvements are on the way.
In October 2019, the City was granted ownership, and with it, local control over the right of way of State Route 84, which includes portions of Thornton Avenue, Fremont Boulevard, Peralta Boulevard, and Mowry Avenue. This has helped set the stage for a multi-year plan to upgrade the quality of those roads. Phase 1 of that plan involves the Centerville Complete Streets project, which is funded through a grant administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission. The project will improve segments of Fremont Boulevard, Thornton Avenue, and Peralta Boulevard and implement “complete street” improvements to enhance safety and mobility for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, school children, and businesses. The City is currently gathering community and stakeholder input for this project by conducting a series of community meetings. For more information, visit the project webpage.

A new neighborhood park is opening.
Dusterberry Neighborhood Park was approved by the Fremont City Council in June 2019 and will be located at the intersection of Peralta Boulevard and Dusterberry Way. The park will include a tot-play area with nature-themed play structures; a school-aged playground with shade structures; looped paths through the park; an adult fitness area and basketball court; drop-in picnic tables; artwork; and lawn play areas. Construction of the park is anticipated to begin in spring 2021, with a goal of opening in March 2022. For more information, visit the project webpage.

More housing and new businesses are moving in.
A new mixed-use development by developer SiliconSage Builders is also planned for Centerville. The development was approved by City Council in March 2019 and will be located on Fremont Boulevard between Parish Avenue and Peralta Boulevard. It will feature commercial space, rental apartments, and for-sale townhomes. In addition, the developer has agreed to provide a variety of community benefits, including a community room available to the public. The project is currently in the building permit review stage, and construction is anticipated to begin later this year. For more details, read the City’s staff report.

Centerville continues to thrive.
Completed in late 2017, the Artist Walk development near Thornton Avenue on Fremont Boulevard is thriving. The housing units have been popular with renters, and nearly all of the retail spaces within the development are leased and open for business. In addition, a new mixed-use development is planned right next door at 3900 Thornton Avenue, and existing property owners in Centerville are exploring ways to invest in their properties. 

Community Meeting: Real Estate Open House Signs

Last year, the Fremont City Council directed City staff to review the City’s real estate sign regulations. In recent years, community complaints regarding real estate signs in Fremont have increased. The community is concerned with the number of open house signs at the same location, the amount of time signs are left out, and the intention of the signs to advertise for realtors rather than direct people to open houses.

In November 2019, City staff provided an informational update to the City Council, which included researching regulations and enforcement policies from other cities and engaging with the local realtor community and other stakeholders. Staff plans to return to City Council in March 2020 with a recommendation to update the existing policy.

To learn about the updates the City will be proposing to City Council, staff is hosting a community meeting. Please see the details below.

Community Meeting: Real Estate Open House Signs
Monday, January 27
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
3300 Capitol Avenue, Fremont

For more information, please contact Leonard Powell, Code Enforcement Manager, at 510-494-4521 or by email.

New Universal Planning Application

The Planning Division has launched a new Universal Planning Application. The new application combines all of the necessary forms and submittal requirements for planning permits into one simple, concise, and user-friendly document.

New features of the Universal Planning Application include:

  • A comprehensive list of application submittal requirements for all planning application types
  • A sheet-by-sheet breakdown of which plan set pages are required for each type of design review or entitlement submittal
  • Updated submittal format requirements, with an emphasis on electronic plans
  • Updated links to helpful resources and application components

The City hopes that the new application will make applying for planning permits more convenient and accessible, regardless of the application type.

The Universal Planning Application is available online or at the Development Services Center, located at 39550 Liberty Street in Fremont. The Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. The Planning Division will continue to accept submissions using the previous Planning Application form, although applicants should note that all applications will be deemed complete or incomplete based on the submittal requirements checklist found in the Universal Planning Application.

For more information, please visit the  Planning Permits webpage or call the City’s Zoning Information Line at 510-494-4455.

Affordable Housing in the Pipeline

The City continues to focus on creating more affordable housing in Fremont. Several affordable developments remain under construction and additional projects have been added to the pipeline. Check out this listing of upcoming projects.

The income limits for affordable housing developments vary and are based on Area Median Income (AMI) figures released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. See the latest figures.

Those interested in receiving information when these units become available can sign up for the City’s Affordable Housing Interest Lists.

First Time Home Buyer Orientation

The City and Habitat for Humanity East Bay Silicon Valley are pleased to present Central Commons Phase 2, a 19-unit for-sale development in Fremont to be offered to first time home buyers at below market price. To learn about the selection process and eligibility requirements, the community is invited to attend a First Time Home Buyer Orientation. Please see the details below.

Central Commons - Phase 2 First Time Home Buyer Orientation
Wednesday, February 19
6:00 p.m.
Fremont Main Library (Fukaya Room)
2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont

Register today as space is limited.

For more information about Central Commons, including income requirements, visit

Call for Student Artists for boxART! Program

Calling all student artists! Help Fremont paint the town by submitting an art design for the City's boxART! program. We’re kicking off a student-only phase of the program and looking for student artists to paint several of Fremont's traffic signal control boxes. The theme is "Kindness," and the deadline for applications is Monday, March 9. For more information and to apply, visit

Use the Citizen Access online tool to access permitting information, request a building inspection, and submit a concern to Code Enforcement.
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