Welcome to the Planning Department

The Planning Department is responsible for two primary functions related to land use planning and development in Milpitas. Planning performs and coordinates the review of applications for existing and new uses, development projects (current planning) and assists the Planning Commission and City Council in planning for the City’s long term future (long-range planning). Planning is also responsible for maintaining the General Plan, the City’s two specific plans and the zoning ordinance, providing information on zoning, land use and development regulation to the public and staffing the Planning Commission.

The services and duties of the Planning Division are guided by several government codes, regulations, statutes, and other procedural documents, including but not limited to; Open Government Code, General Plan, Title XI – Zoning, Planning, and Annexation

All procedures aim to protect everyone’s health. The Planning Department staff are working remotely and we continue to process applications and conduct plan review and environmental review. Please view our Remote Procedures for instructions.

Please consider the following suggestions to get information and manage your project as efficiently as possible:

  1. Email your question to PlanningDepartment@ci.milpitas.ca.gov our team is on rotation to answer these emails daily and we will either respond with an answer or direct your inquiry to the right person.
  2. Online Permit Payment: Please follow this link to complete the online payment. (You will need the Permit/Project Number P-SD, MS, UPXX-XXXX)
  3. Search the website for resources such as forms, the Municipal Code, and major project updates.
  4. Sign up for e-notifications to get updates on topics, events, and projects that interest you.
  5. Make an appointment by emailing your project planner or PlanningDepartment@ci.milpitas.ca.gov or by calling (408) 586-3279.
  6. Communicate with your project planner All applications are assigned to a single planner who will guide you through the entire process, from the preliminary concept phase to building occupancy. Direct all communications to your assigned planner for an efficient response.
Ned Thomas, AICP Planning Director nthomas@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3273
Jessica Garner, AICP Planning Manager jgarner@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3284
Jay Lee, AICP Principal Planner jlee2@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3077
Michael Fossati Senior Planner mfossati@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3274
Rozalynne Thompson Senior Planner rthompson@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3278
Lillian VanHua, AICP Associate Planner lhua@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3073
Adrienne Smith Associate Planner asmith@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3287
Krishna Kumar Assistant Planner kkumar@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3276
Avery Stark Assistant Planner astark@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3288
Liz Medina Administrative Assistant emedina@ci.milpitas.ca.gov (408) 586-3271

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Online Public Forum

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

Project Name                                            Hearing Date                        Environmental Documents

Stratford School                                         11/18/20                                 N/A
(25 Corning Avenue)

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Survey                   TBD                                        N/A

Temporary Outdoor Businesses Registration and Guidelines

The City of Milpitas will allow the temporary use outdoor areas for business activities or small public gatherings consistent with the current Santa Clara County Health Order and the COVID-19 Industry Guidance issue by the State of California. Business owners must submit an application to register their outdoor business activities with the City of Milpitas. No fee will be charged for registration, and same-day approval will be possible for most applications.

Please submit completed applications to PlanningDepartment@ci.milpitas.ca.gov, and staff will contact the applicant if additional information is needed.

Temporary Outdoor Business Registration Form

Outdoor Dining Guidelines

Outdoor Personal Care Services Guidelines

Outdoor Gyms and Fitness Facilities Guidelines

Outdoor Gathering Guidelines

Sample Diagrams for Outdoor Dining Locations

Milpitas General Plan 2040

The Milpitas General Plan is a long-range planning document that is considered the City’s “constitution” or blueprint. Over the past four years, the City has been developing a new General Plan based on extensive input from community residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. The new Plan will be used to guide growth and development, traffic patterns, housing, and resources conservation over the next 20 years. Please visit the project website at www.milpitas.generalplan.org to review the new General Plan and to find out about upcoming meetings.