What does this mean for the City of Milpitas's ongoing current and long-range planning efforts?

Although the State deadline to implement SB 743 has passed, the City of Milpitas will be implementing an interim VMT policy to review ongoing development projects until a formal policy is adopted in December 2020. Furthermore, since the City is currently in the process of updating its General Plan, Climate Action Plan and Milpitas Metro Specific Plan (formerly "Transit Area Specific Plan", we have a unique opportunity to align our VMT goals with the City's ongoing long-range planning efforts.

The City's General Plan is the primary long-range planning document that provides the vision for the future growth and development of Milpitas. The VMT policy will support the following existing General Plan policies:

  • Land Use Element Guiding Principle 2.a-G-2: Maintain a relatively compact urban form. Emphasize mixed-use development to the extent feasible, to achieve service efficiencies from compact development patterns and to maximize job development and commercial opportunities near residential development.
  • Land Use Element Implementing Policy 2.a-I-31: Develop the Transit area, as shown in the Transit Area Plan, as attractive, high density, urban neighborhoods with a mix of land uses around the light rail stations and the future BART station. Create pedestrian connections so that residents, visitors, and workers all walk, bike, and take transit. Design streets and public spaces to create a lively and attractive street character, and a distinctive identity for each sub-district.
  • Land Use Element Implementing Policy 2.b-I-2: Consider locating housing in close proximity to industrial developments where they can be served by existing city services and facilities.
  • Circulation Element Implementing Policy 3.b-I-5: Create a balanced multimodal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of streets, roads, and highways for safe and convenient travel in a manner that is suitable in respect to the community context of the general plan.
  • Circulation Element Guiding Principle 3.c-G-1: Implement measures that increase transit use and other non-motorized travel modes that lead to improved utilization of the existing transportation system, such as improvements to access public transit stops and stations by walking and biking, and provide transit stops near employment centers and higher density residential developments.
  • Housing Element Program C.1.2: The City will continue to implement the planning and design guidelines specified in the Midtown and Transit Area Specific Plan, including minimum densities, intensive land utilization, and mixed-use zoning.

The ongoing General Plan Update will revamp these land use and transportation policies to further support transit-oriented, mixed-use development, particularly around the new BART station and in Midtown, and prioritize investment in multimodal transportation networks. The VMT policy will support these policies by: 

  1. Facilitating mixed-use, infill, and transit-oriented development; and 
  2. Prioritizing active transportation and transit improvements to mitigate project impacts. Staff will also develop the VMT policy in conjunction with ongoing updates to the Climate Action Plan and the Milpitas Metro Specific Plan to ensure that the policy furthers the goals and policies of these ongoing long-range planning efforts as well.

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1. What is CEQA?
2. How does CEQA require public agencies to measure transportation impacts?
3. What is Level of Service (LOS)?
4. What is Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)?
5. Why is the City changing its method for analyzing transportation impacts?
6. What does this mean for the City of Milpitas's ongoing current and long-range planning efforts?
7. What is the timeline for these changes?
8. Does my ability to engage in land use and transportation decisions change?
9. How will this change impact the City's ability to ask developers for transportation investments?
10. How will the CEQA process change?
11. Will the shift to VMT make it easier or harder to develop in my neighborhood?
12. How will the shift to VMT impact new development projects?
13. How will this change impact housing and housing affordability?
14. How does this change impact the environment?
15. What are the impacts o business?
16. How are transportation impacts minimized or mitigated now compared to before?
17. How will this change impact parking?