A Big Win: Morgan Hill Annexation Denied

Photo Credit: Ron Erskine

After a four hour hearing on Wednesday, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) voted 4 to 3 to deny the City of Morgan Hill’s request to annex 66 acres of farmland in the Southeast Quadrant (SEQ) for development. Thank you to all those who sent letters or made public comment at the hearing.

Please join us in thanking LAFCO Commissioners Ken Yeager, Sergio Jimenez, Sequoia Hall, and Susan Vicklund Wilson for their vote. We would also like to recognize Commissioner Rob Rennie for his comments from the dais to the City of Morgan Hill as to changes that should be made to the SEQ plan to make it more reasonable.

For over a decade, Committee for Green Foothills has tenaciously advocated for Morgan Hill to rethink its plan for the SEQ. This last large area of farmland on the edge of city limits is part of the County’s Agricultural Resource Area. We know how much residents of Morgan Hill and throughout the Santa Clara County value the remaining farmland and open space in the Santa Clara Valley. It is through your support that we can persist against difficult odds to help protect these lands from development.

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