Action Alert: Update on the SEQ

What’s Happening

On Wednesday February 6, the Morgan Hill City Council directed staff to postpone starting the process for development of city-owned property in the Southeast Quadrant until Council has had the opportunity to review and discuss the City’s plan for this area. Please email the City Council to thank them for deciding to reevaluate their plan for the Southeast Quadrant!

Why It Matters

The Southeast Quadrant (SEQ), which the City now refers to as the Agricultural Priority Conservation Area, is the last large area of prime farmland in Morgan Hill. Preserving our remaining farmland is critical not only for its ability to provide us with locally-grown food, but because open space and farmland are necessary to reduce greenhouse gases and fight climate change.

For the past decade, Committee for Green Foothills has urged the Council to rethink the City’s plan for development in this area to better meet their stated goal of farmland preservation. For the first time in over ten years, the Council has agreed to do just that.

What’s Next

The City Council is expected to hold a public meeting to reexamine and discuss the current plan for the SEQ/Agricultural Priority Conservation Area.  The format and timing of the meeting are currently unknown, but we will let you know as soon as details are available. It will be an opportunity for the public to hear from the Council and various stakeholders, and to share their thoughts on the future of this area in an open forum.

Please join us in thanking City Council for postponing developing property they own in the Southeast Quadrant until they have reevaluated the City’s plan for this area.

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