What is the timeline for these changes?

The State established July 1, 2020 as the date for cities to begin implementing the new law. However, many cities, including Milpitas, are still in the process of adopting new VMT policy and guidelines. The State recognizes this and allows cities to implement VMT methodology without an established policy after the July 1, 2020 deadline. Without a new VMT policy in place, new development in Milpitas is currently required to measure transportation impacts using VMT methodology on a project-by-project basis and continue to measure Level of Service (outside of CEQA) to comply with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA’s) Congestion Management Program (CMP) and existing General Plan policies. It is anticipated that the new VMT policy will be in effect immediately after City Council approval tentatively scheduled for December 2020.

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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?