Milpitas Transit Area Concept Plan, Specific Plan, Form-Based Code, and EIR
APA California Chapter Award of Merit (2009)
APA Northern California Chapter Award (2009)
Dyett & Bhatia prepared the Specific Plan, EIR, and Zoning for the 437 acre area around two new light rail stations and the future BART station planned in Milpitas. The Specific Plan, EIR, and Form-Based Zoning was adopted unanimously by the City Council in 2008.
The area’s existing uses were largely light industrial uses and the Great Mall, a large regional shopping center. Dyett & Bhatia worked extensively with property owners, public agencies, and other stakeholders in the area to develop a long term plan that is visionary and yet grounded in market reality. The Plan includes new residential neighborhoods, areas for new retail development, and mixed use sites that can accommodate both employment and residential uses over time. The Specific Plan establishes land uses and densities, as well as the layout of blocks, streets, and open space. The Form-Based Code sets forth guidelines and illustrations of the type of development desired for each individual subarea, as well as all elements of the required infrastructure for future growth.
The plan seeks to transform the area with higher intensity transit-oriented development, strengthen the City’s retail sector, and facilitate projects that give Milpitas greater regional identity. The plan accommodates up to 7200 residential units (for a population of 17,000 new residents) —the largest planned residential development adjacent to a BART station in the Bay Area—a million square feet of office space, two hotels, and over 300,000 square feet of new retail space. The City has already approved over 2,000 housing units for construction, a vote of confidence by developers in the plan’s vision and resolution of logistical issues, and a response to the 2017 projected completion of the BART extension.