Downtown Morgan Hill:
(re)development set to pick up?
Several housing projects in the downtown area - from eco-friendly luxury flats to mid-range townhomes to senior housing – have either been built or approved in the last year. This sudden increase in
construction activity (not only in the downtown area but all around Morgan Hill) was due to the change in economic conditions that allowed the backlog of approved projects to finally see the light of day. This construction trend is expected to continue at a more moderate pace throughout the city over the next few years.
Possibly helping in the redevelopment of our downtown over the next 5 years is the City’s Long Range Property Management Plan (LRPMP). The LRPMP was approved in November 2013 by the City’s Successor Agency and the Oversight Board and submitted to the State for review. The LRPMP needed to outline the inventory and uses of the City’s Redevelopment Agency properties and was developed with the Downtown Specific Plan and related General Plan goals in mind. According to the LRPMP, the City would like to retain ownership of three of its seven sites. The remainder sites would be offered for sale.
Thrive!Morgan Hill is supportive of redevelopment of the downtown but is keeping an eye on proposed projects.
Thrive! Morgan Hill submitted comments on the Environmental Impact Report for the Southeast Quadrant.
Thrive! Morgan Hill has been calling on the City of Morgan Hill for the past 3 years to rethink its plans for the Southeast Quadrant (SEQ). While we fully support the idea of creating an Agricultural Land Preservation Program – a component of the SEQ plan – we have serious concerns as to the impact of the development program proposed for this area.
The City plans to develop over 650 acres of our greenbelt to supposedly preserve farming. We believe their plan amounts to sprawl and will do little to help farming in our community.
Bringing this land into city limits is costly to taxpayers and not prudent.
what will be the long-term costs to taxpayers to maintain the infrastructure needed to service this sprawl
what development will occur on a majority of the land being brought into the city (a variety of commercial and residential uses allowed)
effectiveness of proposed agricultural policies to lessen the loss of farmlands and mitigate within city limits
High Speed Rail:
about to take off or going nowhere fast?
The status of high speed rail seems to be ever changing as court
challenges and funding issues continue to plague the smooth progress of this statewide infrastructure project. The California High Speed Rail Authority insists that the recent decision by a Sacrament County judge to invalidate the Authority’s business plan and deny its
request to sell $8.6 billion in bonds has not stalled the project. The Authority says it hopes to begin construction of the first segment in the Central Valley come February 2014. Proponents on the other hand have asked the judge to block all high speed rail spending because the rail plan cannot meet the promises made as part of the 2008 voter approved rail bond.
Thrive! Morgan Hill continues to follow the issue in anticipation that a high speed rail alignment may one day be part of our city.
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