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Welcome

Welcome to the Milpitas Midtown Specific Plan Update website. The Specific Plan will provide a long-term strategy for revitalizing the Midtown area and transforming it into a bustling and vibrant neighborhood that serves locals and visitors alike.

This website will provide you with information on community workshops, upcoming meetings, online surveys, relevant documents, and other opportunities to stay informed and involved in the process. The Specific Plan Update will rely on input from community members to shape the vision of the neighborhood, so make your voice heard! 

ABOUT THE PLAN 

Project Overview

In 2010, the City of Milpitas adopted the most recent Midtown Specific Plan, which started the neighborhood on a path towards transformation, including new residential development around the Great Mall/Main Transit Center area, redevelopment of the Milpitas Library, and streetscape improvements along Abel Street. The charge of the current Midtown Specific Plan Update is to spur the neighborhood’s transformation even further, creating a vibrant mixed-use district that addresses the City and region’s evolving needs.

The Specific Plan Update process will include extensive community discussion about how to improve and revitalize Midtown Milpitas. The City will use this community input to develop the plan, which will guide City and community decisions for years to come. The final plan, anticipated to be adopted by the City Council in early 2019, will address land uses and opportunities for appropriate new development, public infrastructure and transportation improvements, community amenities, and public safety.

This plan is intended to be an action plan, and it will focus on tools needed to achieve the community’s vision for Midtown, including zoning and design standards, fee incentives, community benefits, and street and sidewalk improvements designed to improve walkability and bicycle friendliness in the heart of our community. 


What is a Specific Plan and how does it relate to the General Plan?

A Specific Plan is a zoning and development tool to implement the City’s General Plan. It establishes a link between General Plan policies and individual development proposals in a defined area. Topics covered in a Specific Plan include: 

• Land Use 
• Development Standards and Design Guidelines
• Transportation and Circulation
• Utilities and Public Services
• Implementation Measures 


The Milpitas General Plan is also currently being updated, and both processes will work together to ensure a consistent vision for the City. To learn more about the General Plan Update process, visit this site: https://milpitas.generalplan.org/

How long will the process last?

The Midtown Specific Plan process is anticipated to take approximately 10 months, starting in May of 2018 and concluding with City Council adoption in the spring of 2019. It is anticipated that the major project tasks will be completed based on the following schedule:

Timeline

Project Outline

May - July 2018

Task 1: Discovery: 

Project Initiation and Initial Public Participation

July - August 2018

Task 2: Foundation: 

Existing Conditions Analysis

August - November 2018

Task 3: 

Vision and Emerging Concepts

December 2018 - February 2019

Task 4: 

Plan Preparation

How can I get involved and provide input?

We want to hear from you! We encourage you to participate by attending workshops and public meetings, completing surveys, and submitting your comments either through the website or by contacting City staff directly. For more information, please refer to the Get Involved page on this site.

GET INVOLVED

The Midtown Specific Plan Update process provides an opportunity for community members to discuss and weigh in on the neighborhood’s future. We encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate, including meetings, workshops, and public hearings.

In order to collect community input in an open, engaging, and actionable way, the City has designed a series of community venues and events where you will have the opportunity to participate in and be informed of the planning process. These include: 

Stakeholder Interviews, Focus Groups, and Walk Audits: 

Rather than holding a traditional community workshop in a town hall setting, the Midtown Specific Plan Update process will include a “Pop-Up Community Workshop,” which will take place outside in a public space within the Midtown Specific Plan Area. The Pop-Up Workshop will bring the planning process to the community with a series of interactive activities and opportunities for feedback, including potential pilot and demonstration projects.

Online Visioning Survey: 


A community survey will be developed that allows participants to consider a wide range of potential improvements to the Midtown Area. Outreach will be conducted to ensure broad reaching participation amongst community members. Feedback collected from the survey will be used to develop the Emerging Concepts for the Specific Plan.

Visioning Pop-Up Surveys: 


The project team will conduct a series of “Pop-Up Surveys” at local events such as sports games, festivals, farmers markets, community meetings, as well as at high-traffic public areas within the neighborhood. The Pop-Up Surveys will use interactive boards and will provide similar feedback opportunities as the Online Visioning Survey. Feedback collected from the survey outreach will be used to develop the Emerging Concepts for the Specific Plan.

Emerging Concepts Pop-Up Community Workshop:  

Rather than holding a traditional community workshop in a town hall setting, the Midtown Specific Plan Update process will include a “Pop-Up Community Workshop,” which will take place outside in a public space within the Midtown Specific Plan Area. The Pop-Up Workshop will bring the planning process to the community with a series of interactive activities and opportunities for feedback, including potential pilot and demonstration projects.

Planning Commission and City Council Study Sessions: 

At key milestones during the planning process, the City will hold Study Sessions with the Milpitas Planning Commission and City Council to review materials and concepts for the Specific Plan. Members of the public are invited to join these conversations to provide additional input. 

Specific Plan Open House: 

The City will hold an Open House session for community members to review the Public Draft Specific Plan and provide feedback prior to the Specific Plan adoption hearings.

Planning Commission and City Council Hearings: 

The City will conduct public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council to review and adopt the Midtown Specific Plan. Members of the public are invited to join these sessions to provide public comment. 

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