The Milpitas Planning Area encompasses an area of approximately 18 square miles,.
Extending between the south end of the San Francisco Bay and the Los Buellis Hills of the
Mount Diablo Range in northern Santa Clara County
The Calaveras Reservoir lies about 3/4 mile east of the Planning Area, while the San Jose
International Airport is barely 4.5 miles to the south.
This is the Amended and Restated Redevelopment Plan for Milpitas Redevelopment Project
Area No. 1 in the City of Milpitas
This Plan was prepared by the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Milpitas
The City of Milpitas has two redevelopment projects, Milpitas Redevelopment Project Area
No. 1 and the Great Mall Redevelopment Project.
Midtown Area, encompassing 942 acres of land in the center of the city.
The area is located strategically within the larger Silicon Valley region.
It is set between Interstate (I)-880, I-680, and Calaveras Boulevard and the
It is traversed by two Union Pacific Railroad lines;
The Milpitas Redevelopment Project Area No. 1 contains approximately
The original Redevelopment Plan for Project No. 1 was adopted by the City
Council on September 21, 1976
The overall strategy in the Midtown Area is to create a mixed-use
community that includes high-density, transit-oriented housing and a
central community “gathering place,” while maintaining needed industrial,
service, and commercial uses.
Midtown Specific Plan, over 1,700 residential units have been constructed,
and another 600 have been approved.
Land Use:- Distribution of land uses, standards for population density and
building intensity, schools, public utilities and services
Circulation :- Street classifications, transit service, pedestrian and
bicyclists needs, rail, truck routes
Open Space and
Environmental Conservation :-Parks and recreation, vegetation and
wildlife, agriculture, scenic resources and routes, water quality
Safety:- Seismic safety, flooding, fire.
Noise:- Noise attenuation and reduction
Housing :- Housing objectives for new construction, rehabilitation, and
preservation of housing units; housing related policies; and programs
Mixed-use district that is focused along Main Street.
Provide urban open spaces (i.e. plazas, squares) that serve multiple purposes and can be used for special events.
Improve the character of streets within the Midtown Area
The Midtown Plan furthers the Land Use Guiding Principles by providing a mixture of land uses that recognize Milpitas’ emerging
role as a center of housing and employment in the Silicon Valley.
It serves to maintain a compact urban form and further diversifies Milpitas’ housing stock by providing for higher residential
It extends the city’s park-like setting by providing for parks and creek-side trails and open spaces throughout the Specific Plan area.
It focuses on infill development in a transitioning urban area and supports preservation and adaptive reuse of historical landmarks
in the Specific Plan area.
The Midtown Plan addresses the jobs/housing balance programs by providing for new higher density housing in close proximity to
industrial and employment centers.
The Midtown Plan supports the provision of adequate schools through the payment of developer fees for new development.
The Midtown Plan provides for improving the viability of pedestrian, bicycle and transit systems by including provisions such as
wider sidewalks, traffic calming, streetscape improvements, pedestrian routes to transit stations and improvements to the citywide
The Midtown Plan maintains the architectural and landscape elements that contribute to the identity and history of the City by
requiring Redevelopments to be harmonious with older structures without falsely attempting to reproduce historic structures, And
supports rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of local, state and federally designated historic buildings.
The Midtown Plan ensures the conservation, development and use of natural resources by providing “smart growth” and providing
for the improvement of parks and creek-side trails designed to serve the needs of all residents of the community.
Mixeduse (21-30 dwelling units per gross acre). This
designation would allow for commercial offices, retail and services, high-
density residential, and public and quasi-public uses.
General Commercial. This classification would provide for a wide
range of retail sales, and personal and business services accessed
primarily by the automobile
Multifamily Very High Density (31-40 units per gross acre).
This designation allows for new multifamily housing, including a variety
of housing types, ranging from row houses and townhouses to lofts and
stacked;flats with structured parking. Higher densities, 41-60 dwelling
units per gross acre
PARKS / RECREATIONAL AREA
There are six recreation and/or open space areas within the Midtown planning area
totaling approximately 54 acres. However, not all of these areas are publicly accessible.
These areas include the following:
1. Golf Range, 27.9 acres (Santa Clara County)
2. YMCA, 1.5 acres (Santa Clara County)
3. Milpitas Senior Center, 1.7 acres, (City of Milpitas)
4. DeVries House, 1.2 acres (City of Milpitas)
5. Berryessa Creek Channel, 5.4 acres (City of Milpitas), and 1.7 acres (Santa Clara Valley
6. Penetencia Creek Channel, 14.7 acres, (Santa Clara Valley Water District) .
7. A public gathering place or “town square” was one of the strongly
A town square open space of a minimum of 8,000 square-feet is
recommended on Main Street, to provide a public gathering place
at the historic crossroads of Milpitas
Conceptual Plan of Main Street Town Square
A community noise survey was conducted for the General Plan to
document noise exposure in areas containing noise sensitive land
uses, such as residential areas, parks and schools.
Require an acoustical analysis for Projects located within
a "conditionally acceptable“ or "normally unacceptable
" exterior noise exposure area. Require mitigation
measures to reduce noise to acceptable levels.
Prohibit new construction where the exterior noise
exposure is considered "clearly unacceptable" for the use proposed.
Where actual or projected rear yard and exterior common open space
noise exposure exceeds the “normally acceptable” levels for new
single-family and multifamily residential projects, use.
All new residential development (single family and multifamily) and
facilities must have interior noise levels of 45 dB DNL or less.
Mechanical ventilation will be required where use of windows for
ventilation will result in higher than 45 dB DNL interior noise levels.
Seismic and Geologic Hazards
Require all projects within the Alquist-Priolo Special Studies Zone to have
geologic investigations performed to determine the locations of active fault
traces before structures for human occupancy are built.
Require applications of all projects in the Hillside Area and the Special
Studies Zone to
be accompanied by geotechnical reports
ensuring safety from seismic and geologic hazards.
Drainage and Flooding
Require all structures located within the 100- year Flood Zone to provide proof
of flood insurance at the time of sale or transfer of title.
Seek construction of flood control channels to withstand 100-year floods
along Coyote, Penitencia, Berryessa, Scott, Calera, and Los Coches creeks
New residential development within the 100-year Flood Zone locate the lowest floor,
including basement, above the base flood elevation; and
Provide high quality, effective and efficient fire protection services for the
Maintain a response time of four minutes or less for all urban service areas.
Require automatic fire sprinklers for all new development in the Hillside
Area that is not within 1.5 miles of an existing or planned fire station,
and fire-resistive construction and
compliance with California high-rise building requirement for buildings
over three stories in height.
Buildings in the planning area are a combination of relatively and old
single and multi-storied structures representing several architectural
styles, with few noticeable patterns.
They exhibit a variety of materials, finishes, and roof shapes including
parapets and pitched roofs, and are painted a variety of colors.
Metal or concrete block walls and flat metal roofs characterize several
commercial service buildings in the planning area.
Some free-standing older homes also are scattered throughout the area,
particularly along Main Street.
The buildings, parcels, and roadways throughout the planning area are
varied in scale and size.
The Main Street area buildings are on smaller lots adjacent to a two-lane
street; while buildings in the Calaveras retail area and McCandless and
Montague development area are larger and oriented to automobile access.
Conceptual street plan
Recent view of the street
The Midtown Milpitas Specific Plan would require improvements to the water,
recycled storm water drainage systems necessary to support projected development
in the Midtown area.
WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION
The water system plan proposes the following improvements to the existing water
Construction of a 12-inch water main within the Elmwood which would loop from
Abel Street westerly and southerly to tie into the 14-inch Santa calara Valley Water.
Construction of a cross connect and pressure regulator valve within Montague
Expressway at Capitol Avenue, between the 10-inch Santa Clara Valley Water
The City of Milpitas provides sanitary sewer collection The collection system is
comprised of a network of pipes ranging in size from 8 to 54 inches in diameter
The Specific Plan incorporates the following improvements
1. Construct a 24-inch storm drain from Watson Court to the existing storm drain
system in Montague Expressway.
2. Construct a parallel 48-inch culvert in Wrigley Creek under Montague Expressway.
STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEM PLAN
A hierarchy of streets will be required to provide access to. future development and maintain
acceptable levels of service
The term "Transportation Demand Management" (TDM) refers to measures designed to reduce peak-period auto traffic, by
making more efficient use of existing transportation resources, and expanding and emphasizing more sustainable non-auto
To achieve acceptable levels of traffic service the specific objectives of TDM are to :-
Reduce peak hour traffic congestion by reducing the number of single-occupant vehicle trips
• Reduce or delay the need for street improvements by making more efficient use of existing facilities;
• Reduce future air pollution by reducing the number of single-occupant
vehicle trips associated with commuting; and
• Reduce consumption of energy for transportation uses, thereby contributing to the national policy to increase energy self-
There are the following public transportaion
Only 1.6 percent of Milpitas' workforce uses public transportation to travel to work The primary function of transit in the
City is to transport residents from the City to commercial and employment centers and to other transit stations
The plan includes: sidewalks, traffic calming, streetscape
improvements, pedestrian routes to transit stations, and
improvements to a trail network.
Connections across the barrier created by the Union Pacific
Railroad tracks are being explored for pedestrians, bicyclists, and
automobiles, to improve accessibility to the Main Street area and
circulation throughout the city.
P e d e s t r i a n and B i c y c l e C i r c u l a t i o n
The relatively flat topography of the Valley Floor and the City's
mild Mediterranean climate are conducive to walking and
bicycling Walking and bicycling constituted.
only about 4.7 percent of the total trips made by City's employed
residents development of the transit stations and new higher
density housing in the area, there is the opportunity to make it
more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly and thereby support
the use of alternative modes of transportation.