Housing Development Process

Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 330 ("SB 330") into law effective as of January 1, 2020. SB 330 enacted Government Code Section 66300, the "Housing Crisis Act of 2019".

Purpose

SB 330 provides eligible housing development projects seeking discretionary approval enhanced streamlining and an optional vesting opportunity through a process initiating by the filing of a Preliminary Application. A housing development project shall be subject only to the ordinances, policies, and standards adopted and in effect when a Preliminary Application was submitted and upon payment of the processing fee.

The City will be complying with SB 330 when processing applications for housing development projects.

Early Consultation

Early consultation with the Development Services team is strongly recommended since zoning and housing requirements may apply that could affect the anticipated scope of a project and its ability to remain vested after a Preliminary Application is submitted. 

Eligible Housing Development Projects

A "Housing Development project" is a use consisting of any of the following: 

  1. Residential units only.
  2. Mixed-use developments with at least two-thirds of the square footage designated for residential use.
  3.  Transitional housing or supportive housing.

Residential Development Design and Development Standards

The City Council adopted Residential Development Design and Development Standards ("Standards") to replace the RDCS Competition Manual. The Standards have been developed to meet the requirements of "Objective Standard" and are consistent with the Morgan Hill 2035 General Plan. 

The purpose of the Residential Development Design and Development Standards is to articulate project design requirements for all residential and mixed-use developments. These Standards will be utilized to detail the review process by clearly stating the City of Morgan Hill’s objectives for high quality, residential projects that are aesthetically pleasing, livable, sustainable, well-connected to neighborhood services. 

These Standards implement requirements of  SB 330 "Housing Crisis Act of 2019"  and shall remain in effect until SB 330 is rescinded or extended.

The Standards

Residential Development Design and Development Standards (PDF)

Preliminary Application Review Process and Filing Requirements

An applicant for a housing development project is required to submit an  SB 330 Preliminary Application. A Preliminary Application must be deemed complete at the time that all required forms, documents and materials are submitted and the final invoice has been issued and proof of payment is received.  

All applicants are required to make an appointment to submit applications for housing development projects with the Planning Division.

Final Housing Development Review Process (Discretionary Action) 

An applicant is required to submit a complete application (based on the Residential Development Design and Development Standards and checklist) for a development project within 180 days after submitting the Preliminary Application. 

All applicants are required to make an appointment to submit applications for housing development projects with the Planning Division.