File No. EA2020-0020
The Monterey and Madrone apartment project is a 100 percent affordable housing development project and is processing under State Density Bonus Law and SB330. The project would be comprised of 249 multi-family units, 246 deed-restricted units (very low and low income), and three manager units. The new development will include active and passive open space amenities and a centrally located clubhouse. The project would require approval of a Design Review Permit and environmental review.
Density Bonus law provides for increased density of projects depending on the number and affordability level of housing units. As with all projects that process under Density Bonus laws, concessions and waivers to code requirements are included as part of a project entitlement. These projects are 100% affordable and are entitled to the maximum number of concessions available. Under state law, the City has extremely limited authority to require changes to development standards or design elements - this includes height and parking.
State law identifies specific density bonus levels applicable to a housing development project that includes affordable housing units. Under Government Code Section 65915, a housing development project which includes affordable units is eligible for a sliding scale of percentage bonus based on the number of affordable units proposed in the development and the level of affordability (from moderate to extremely low income). Until January of 2021, the maximum percentage of density bonus a proposed project could achieve was 35%. However, AB 1763 substantially increased the maximum bonus which certain affordable projects could achieve. In accordance with AB 1763, a project proposed as a 100% affordable project is entitled to a density bonus of 80%. Both of these projects utilize the full 80% density bonus.
SB330 is a new law that went into effect in 2020 and provides eligible housing development projects enhanced streamlining. This law also suspended Morgan Hill's Residential Growth Control System (RDCS), which limited the number of housing units that could be built each year. It's important to note that even if RDCS was still in effect, these projects would be moving forward outside of the growth control program because they are 100% affordable.
The project site is located along Monterey Road at Madrone Parkway in Morgan Hill, California.
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Project Plans and Specifications
Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration with Appendices
All documents are in a PDF format.
- Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Public Review Draft
- Appendix A: Air Quality
- Appendix B: Tree Report
- Appendix C: Geotechnical Engineering Study
- Appendix D: Phase I and Limited Phase II
- Appendix E: Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
- Appendix F: Workplan for Shallow Soil Remediation
- Appendix G: Exterior Noise Level Assessment
- Appendix H: Trip Generation and Operations Analyst
- Appendix I: Vehicle Miles Traveled Assessment
Public Review Period
The Public Review Period began on August 6, 2021, through September 6, 2021. All comments received were responded to in the document below:
This notice is to advise that the City of Morgan Hill has prepared an Initial Study (IS) to evaluate the environmental impacts of the project identified below, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As mandated by State Law, the review period for this document is 30 (thirty) days. Based upon the conclusions set forth in the IS, the City of Morgan Hill proposes to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND).
The Planning Commission considered the proposed project's environmental document at a public hearing on October 26, 2021, and approved the MND and Monitoring Program.