How will the shift to VMT impact new development projects?

New development projects subject to CEQA will still be required to submit a traffic impact analysis, but project impacts will be evaluated based on measuring and reducing VMT. Therefore, mixed-use developments in growth areas, located near transit, are more likely to be streamlined or determined to have a less than significant transportation impact. Proposed developments outside growth areas and transit corridors may need to provide mitigation to reduce transportation impacts. However, in addition to the VMT analysis and outside of CEQA, projects will continue to be required to analyze Level of Service (LOS) intersection operations and comply with the Congestion Management Program (CMP) requirements to address local traffic congestion.

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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?