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How will the charm of the downtown be preserved?
The Morgan Hill Downtown Specific Plan specifically states that the intent of the plan is ‘to preserve and enhance the character and pedestrian scale, while accommodating areas for redevelopment and growth in a more dense and mixed use pattern (Chapter 5 on Design Guidelines). The guidelines will be used to review all proposed development including additions and remodels. The Design Guidelines are based on best practices for integrating transportation and land use.
Why should we focus on residential building in the Downtown?
The original Residential Growth Control measure and subsequent competitions is about developing Morgan Hill as a community with well designed and well thought out residential development. But times have changed. We find ourselves with shrinking resources (water, energy and materials) and a clear need to develop in a truly sustainable way just to maintain our environment. Transit oriented development moves Morgan Hill to the forefront of planned development once again. Development in the downtown takes the last 35 years of experience and innovation that we have developed, with a more focused effort to eliminate sprawl and encourage a healthy, well planned, sustainable downtown community.
Will developers still be able to participate in the current Residential Development Control System (Measure C)?
Yes. Measure A respects the Residential Development Control System (Measure C) and does not increase the population cap. Developers will still be able to compete for approx. 250 building allotments per year.
Does Measure A require developers to build below market rate housing (affordable housing) in the downtown?
No. And what’s more there are no low income housing requirements in the Measure or in the Downtown Specific Plan.
What about the downtown infrastructure; can it support new housing?
Yes. Suburban sprawl creates a demand for infrastructure investments and taxes our utility systems. Compact development in the downtown is smart growth and uses or upgrades existing infrastructure.
What are the downtown geographical boundaries where additional housing could be built under Measure A?
A 20 block area – W. Central Ave. to the north (excluding Britton Jr. High), Ciolino to the South, Butterfield to the East, and Del Monte to the West.
Impact on schools?
All new development, whether built in the downtown or not, must pay its fair share of school impact fees to mitigate any impacts. However, it is anticipated that new housing in the downtown will be smaller and marketed to empty nesters and young professionals just starting out. www.YESonA.blogspot.com Continued on back
Are there design standards in place to insure high quality new housing under Measure A?
Yes. The Downtown Specific Plan clearly articulates building design guidelines for new commercial and residential development to insure high quality materials and craftsmanship. And all new development must go through design review.
Will 500 new homes in the downtown be built all at once?
Not likely. Economic forces will help to temper the rate of new growth. But it will be a great time to plan quality development ready to go when the market turns around.
Will there be a monetary cost or increase in taxes as a result of the new housing downtown?
No. And that’s the beauty of Measure A. We reduce sprawl, promote smart growth, stimulate the economy and bring greater pride of ownership to our downtown with no new taxes or fees!
What will the ratio of rental units to owner occupied homes be under Measure A?
The City's current Residential Development Control System (Measure C) does not regulate the ratio of rental to owner occupied units. However, market conditions will determine this ratio. New development is exempt from the requirement to build Below Market Rate (BMR) housing.
Is there sufficient parking in the downtown to accommodate more homes?
Yes. The Downtown Specific Plan has undertaken an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) that stipulates where new parking can be accommodated and also stipulates when parking must be added. As well, all new residential development will need to provide sufficient on-site parking. Also, the City has acquired land for two new surface parking lots ( 3rd and Monterey and on Depot Street between 3rd and 4th St.).
What part of ‘NO’ didn’t you understand?
The results of the past election underlined the need for better information sharing with our residents. Improved community conversations and dialogue on the facts of Measure A will hopefully result in a YES vote this time around on May 19th.
Are there enough police to ensure the downtown is safe because of the new housing?
The Morgan Hill Chief of Police reports that the Police Department does not anticipate any significant impacts on crime or safety in the Downtown if Measure A passes and 500 units are built. The Chief indicated that the Department could see a minor increase in calls for service but having more people downtown could actually enhance crime prevention by having more ‘eyes and ears’ to observe, deter and report criminal activity.
Why does this have to happen now? What is the rush?
Real leadership takes the initiative and charts a clear course during times of duress, such as this economic downtown. Development takes several years to complete so now is the best time to plan for new housing and send a signal to interested developers that we are ready to do business in our downtown.
Why are we spending $133,000 on this election when the City is laying people off and reducing services?
We will save far more than the cost of an election if we plan during a down economy instead of waiting for two years. And the funds invested for the election (Redevelopment) are intended for rebuilding and improvement efforts and cannot be spent on general City services.
On Tuesday May 19th:
Vote Yes on Measure A
For a Vibrant Downtown
The following is a partial list of Measure A supporters. Elected Officials Mayor Steve Tate Hon. Greg Sellers Hon. Larry Carr Hon. Marby Lee Hon. Marilyn Librers Assemblyman Bill Monning Local Businesses Alcini Partnership BookSmart Enterprises, Inc. Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Morgan Hill Downtown Association Morgan Hill Downtown PBID The Reserve Wine Bar & Merchants Weston Miles Architects, Inc. Mama Mia’s RNP Advisors, Inc. MSC Advantage Rosy’s at the Beach The Music Tree Magpie Ricatoni’s Poppy’s Fish, Poultry & More Legend’s Bar & Grill South County Realty Friends and Neighbors Lesley Miles & Charles Weston Martin Cheek Mr. & Mrs. Larry McElvain Rocke & Glenda Garcia Rosy & Rich Bergin Scott Schilling Swanee Edwards Tracy & Julie Hutcheson Victor Gaxiola Bart Devries Marieke Ruys Brad Jones & Cinda Meister Franz & Jennifer Ingram John & Cathy Wolfenbarger John Telfer Organizations Greenbelt Alliance League of Women Voters Santa Clara County Association of Realtors Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Friends and Neighbors Anne Rosenzweig Anthony Goularte Bert & Joyce Berson Brian T. Sullivan Bud & Carol O’Hare Dennis & Eileen Kennedy Janene Towner John & Vivian Varela Jorge & Joyce Briones Laura Brunton Rick Moreno Darin Dixon Erik & Roberta Vinkhyuzen Bob & Diana Gomez Shauna & Michael St. Cloud Lisa Allman
Friends and Neighbors Laura Gonzalez‐Escoto Adam Escoto Robert & Lori Escobar Rosemary Kamei Majid Bahriny Gary Walton Carl & Geri Reinhardt Roger & Janie Knopf Dana & Elaine Ditmore Jeff Chernoff Janene Towner Tom & Louise Fry Martha Baughman Doug and Petra Rainbolt Mario & Fawn Banuelos
www.YesonA.blogspot.com Measure A is also endorsed by the Morgan Hill Times and the San Jose Mercury News
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