How will the CEQA process change?

Although the method of transportation analysis will change, the overall CEQA process (determination of appropriate CEQA document, noticing, public comment period, adoption, etc.) will remain the same. This change to VMT only affects the transportation section under CEQA. Analysis of other CEQA subject areas such as biological and cultural resources, noise, and air quality remain the same. However, the CEQA process for projects that reduce VMT and reliance on automobile travel (e.g., mixed-use, transit oriented, and infill development; bicycle, pedestrian, and public transit improvements) will generally be streamlined while the CEQA process for projects that generate high VMT (e.g., developments in remote areas with minimal access to goods, services, amenities, and non-vehicular transportation options) will require a more rigorous environmental analysis.

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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?