The Morgan Hill 2035 process, including the General Plan, Zoning Code, Growth Management System, Infrastructure Master Plans, CAP integration, and Environmental Impact Report (EIR), is expected to be completed by March 2016. The final Growth Management System will be voted on in June 2016 or November 2016. All of the tasks described below will be based on education and outreach to the community and public input collected during the community workshops, General Plan Advisory Committee meetings, and Planning Commission and City Council study sessions will help guide the project. Please note that the schedule is subject to change, so check back often for updates.

February 2013 to May 2013: Existing Conditions

The first phase of the project will be devoted to researching and documenting baseline conditions in Morgan Hill. This effort will result in a series of white papers covering the following topics: These white papers will inform the subsequent community goals phase and the development of land use alternatives. The GPAC will review and comment on the white papers.

May 2013 – July 2013: Community Goals

The next phase of the project will examine the existing General Plan Vision and Goals. Through a public process, including the first community workshop, a GPAC meeting, and City Council and Planning Commission study session, the Morgan Hill community will provide input to help confirm whether the Vision and Goals in the current General Plan are still valid or should be refined. In addition, the community will provide feedback to help articulate the Goals for the new Growth Management Element.

April 2013 – July 2014: Housing Element

The Housing Element will be prepared on a separate schedule from the other General Plan Elements because the State requires that the City adopt an updated Housing Element by December 2014, in advance of the adoption of the remaining Elements in 2016. As required by State law, the Housing Element will identify future housing sites and goals, policies, and programs to support the city’s housing needs. This process will be informed by stakeholder interviews, a General Plan Advisory Committee meeting, a City Council and Planning Commission Study Session, and a Planning Commission hearing.

June 2013 – April 2014: Alternatives

With existing conditions documented and community goals identified, the project team will begin the highly interactive and participatory phase of crafting alternative land use scenarios in response to the existing conditions and community goals process. This process will involve community workshops, stakeholder interviews, General Plan Advisory Committee meetings, and a City Council and Planning Commission Study Session. The land use alternatives will be evaluated and compared in relation to economic and fiscal costs and benefits, utilities and transportation infrastructure needs, and public service needs. This evaluation will inform the community process to select a Preferred Land Use Alternative. The Preferred Land Use Alternative will ultimately be the basis for the General Plan Land Use Map and will guide the type, pattern and location of land development and conservation in the city.

January 2014 – January 2015: Policy Development

After the community has identified the Preferred Land Use Alternative, the project team will begin the process of developing the policies, and actions for each Element of the General Plan. Policies are statements of City regulation and guide staff and elected and appointed officials in making decisions about proposed projects and City government activities. Actions are specific tasks the City will take to implement the vision of the General Plan. The policy structure of the existing General Plan will be revised and amended through this process, based on the input heard at General Plan Advisory Committee meetings, a community workshop, and a City Council and Planning Commission study session.

January 2013 – April 2015: Infrastructure Master Plans

The project team will prepare the Water, Sewer, Storm Drainage, and Telecommunications Master Plans in conjunction with the existing conditions and alternatives process. The Master Plans will identify existing capacity and demand and will model the projected capacity and demand based on the Preferred Land Use Alternative. The Master Plans will identify any system upgrades necessary to accommodate future growth.

January 2013 – November 2014: Climate Action Plan Coordination

During the preparation of the Countywide Climate Action Plan (CAP), the Morgan Hill 2035 project team will meet with the County Working Group to review and comment on the CAP and to ensure consistency between the CAP and Morgan Hill 2035.

April 2014 – November 2015: Draft Documents

Beginning in April 2014, the Morgan Hill 2035 team will start developing the draft Zoning Code.  After the policy development task described above, the project team will then begin developing the draft General Plan and associated EIR. The Draft General Plan will be built upon the Preferred Land Use Alternative and the goals, policies, and actions developed through the prior phases, and will integrate feedback collected during community participation processes. The Draft Zoning Code will use the Draft General Plan as a starting point, but will add increased specificity. Public feedback will be an important component of drafting these documents. There will be several General Plan Advisory Committee meetings, two community workshops, stakeholder interviews, and City Council and Planning Commission study sessions and meetings to help inform the preparation of these documents.

December 2015 – March 2016: Public Review and Adoption

The final tasks of the Morgan Hill 2035 process are for the City’s appointed and elected officials to review and adopt the final documents. This phase includes the required public review period for the EIR and a response to all comments in the Final EIR. Once the Final EIR is complete, a series of Planning Commission and City Council hearings will be held to adopt the General Plan, Zoning Code, and Infrastructure Master Plans and to certify the EIR covering these plans. The Growth Management System will be finalized after it goes to the voters in June or November 2016.