Action Alert Followup: Sprawl in the SEQ

On Tuesday, we asked you to speak up for responsible growth and farmland in Morgan Hill. Your response was heartening! 30 people emailed the City and Council Members.  

Unfortunately, City Council – on a 3 to 2 vote – adopted a resolution authorizing the City to apply once again to LAFCo so they may annex farmland in the Southeast Quadrant (SEQ) for development of a 1,600 student private high school and three other properties for a total of ~65 acres. The development would be located at the northern end of the SEQ at Tennant and Murphy avenues.

In an effort to make their application more palatable to LAFCO, Council proposed restricting development to non-commercial and non-residential uses on the three other parcels.  This tactic was used for the previous application to LAFCO when the City adopted a Resolution to restrict, in perpetuity, all future land uses in the SEQ project area to Public Facilities (the high school) and Sports-Recreation-Leisure (a commercial designation).

No amount of window dressing will change the fact that this is an invasion of our agricultural preserve. The fight for responsible growth is not over! The City insists that this latest attempt at annexation is NOT part of the larger SEQ project, even though these 65 acres are inside the Southeast Quadrant and have always been part and parcel of all SEQ project documentation. We will continue to fight this sprawl proposal at LAFCO. Stay tuned for future opportunities to make your voice heard!

Please join us now in thanking Mayor Pro Tem Rich Constantine and Council Member Rene Spring for voting for responsible growth, using the form below. Your voice does make a difference to them.

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