New Multi-Family Affordable Housing Development – 1300 South Main St (APN 083-36-002):  The proposed development consists of two, five-story (64 feet, four inches in height), multi-family residential buildings with up to 112 below-market-rate dwelling units in total.  Building A contains 43 residential units and a gross floor area of 51,405 square feet, and Building B contains a total of 69 units and a gross floor area of 64,015 square feet.  The overall unit mix is 38 studios (34%), 14 one-bedroom units (13%), 30 two-bedroom units (26.5%) and 30 three-bedroom units (26.5%). The proposed project also features an approximately 625-square-foot outdoor play area, an 850-square-foot entrance plaza, a 1,260-square-foot leasing office, 28 long-term bicycle parking stalls, landscaping, and associated site improvements.  This development is located in the Transit Area (future Milpitas Metro) Specific Plan planning area and within one-half mile of high-quality public transit (Great Mall VTA light rail station). 

The development qualifies under Senate Bill 35 (SB 35) for a “Streamlines Ministerial Approval Process,” which includes density bonuses, parking reductions, and concessions to address the state’s housing shortage and high housing costs.  Information regarding SB 35 guidelines can be found here.

SB 35 prohibits the City from imposing vehicle parking standards when the location of a development site is within one-half mile of high-quality public transit.  Therefore, the proposed development includes no vehicle parking. 

CEQA: Because the SB 35 mandates that the project review process is ministerial and that projects are judged on objective standards that do not involve the exercise of discretion, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not apply to the SB 35 process pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15268(a): “Ministerial projects are exempt from the requirements of CEQA.”

Project Location Map: 1300 S Main Street

Project Plans: 1300 S Main Street Project Plans

Questions: In lieu of attending an in-person meeting to receive information and provide input on the proposed development, Milpitas residents may submit comments or questions about this development via the Online Public Forum.  You may submit comments or questions about this project to the City of Milpitas at the address below.  Please write “Comment for 1300 South Main Street” in the subject line.  The deadline to submit comments is January 28, 2022.  The Milpitas City Council will hold a public meeting on this item on February 1, 2022.

Project Planner:  Michael Fossati, Senior Planner, planningdepartment@ci.milpitas.ca.gov. The meeting agenda and materials will be available by 1/31/22 on the City Council Agendas and Minutes webpage.