The Planning Department prepares, maintains, and implements the City’s General Plan, associated Specific Plans, and other planning and policy documents that guide the physical development of the community. Department staff assists residents, businesses, designers, developers, and architects to understand and follow the City’s policies and regulations for development, including the General Plan, the Main Street/Gateway Specific Plan, the Milpitas Metro Specific Plan, and the Zoning Ordinance.

The Department collaborates with other City departments to administer other development policies and regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Department promotes informed decision-making by facilitating community and neighborhood meetings, as needed, and providing administrative support to the Planning Commission.

For more information about what the Planning Department does and the Development Review process from beginning to end, please see the Milpitas Development Handbook.

Planning Phone and Email Services

Call 408-586-3279 and ask to speak with a Planner. We are currently available by phone Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM; The “planner-on-duty” answers Planning, Zoning, Land Use, and Subdivision-related questions. Or email

Tools and Resources

Planning Initiatives & News

Online Public Forum

The public is invited to submit comments or questions on any of the following projects:       

Project Name                                                                 Hearing Date                              Environmental Documents

Milpitas Metro Specific Plan SEIR                                    04/19/2022 CC Mtg                   NOA and SEIR
 *Review period April 15 – May 30

Public Hearing & Events

The public is invited to submit comments or questions on any of the following projects.

Click here to access the Planning Commission agenda and public hearing material.

Click here to access the City Council agenda and public hearing material.

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