MLS Commissioner Don Garber (R) and Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff (C) pose for a group photo after announcing the return of the San Jose Earthquakes to San Jose in 2007. The club will now begin the work of finalizing a stadium design and financing plan.
The San Jose Planning Commission gave a unanimous 6-0 vote to uphold the Earthquakes' Planned Development Permit Wednesday night.
The vote was necessary after a member of the Newhall Residents Association appealed an original approval for the permit.
It was the final hurdle preventing construction for the new soccer stadium at 1125 Coleman Avenue in San Jose.
"Tonight's decision to uphold the Planned Development Permit that we received in December is a milestone not just for the San Jose Earthquakes but all Bay Area soccer fans," said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval.
"Our club and its stakeholders have worked hard through this process and we feel that we have a great plan for our new stadium.
Looking ahead, our club will now begin the work of finalizing the stadium design and financing plan. The goal is to put shovels in the ground this year."