We did it! On March 11, the Santa Clara County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) struck down the City of Morgan Hill’s proposal to expand its boundaries and annex an area known as the Southeast Quadrant—236 acres of nearby farmland. Greenbelt Alliance began fighting this ill-conceived effort over 10 years ago. Had the annexation been approved, the Southeast Quadrant would have been lost forever to suburban development. Even worse, it would have set an alarming precedent for agriculture throughout the region by allowing development on active farmland.
MORGAN HILL — Andy Mariani knows the days of his beloved “Andy’s Orchard” farm are numbered. Since his family moved its operation to Morgan Hill from Cupertino — selling a parcel in 1957 that’s now across the street from Apple headquarters — he’s seen development creep in from all sides. What was once 50 acres in the middle of a couple dozen other farming operations is now an island of stone-fruit agriculture, with Mariani as one of the area’s last holdouts.
The City wants to expand its urban footprint into the Southeast Quadrant, an area made up of 1,400 acres of working farms and greenbelt lands east of Highway 101. Here is our map for an alternative vision for Morgan Hill.
With the City’s recent plans to develop hundreds of acres of greenbelt farms in the area known as the Southeast Quadrant, the future of agriculture in Morgan Hill is under threat.
The continuing saga of the future of Morgan Hill’s Southeast Quadrant (SEQ) started a new chapter with the release of the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) and agricultural mitigation policies. This release comes in the middle of the City’s general plan update.
The city’s downtown redevelopment measure that would put 500 residential units in the 18-block area surrounding Monterey Road between Dunne and Main avenues has a new letter, and a new Political Action Committee to support it.