The City of Morgan Hill was recently awarded $160,000 from the California Department of Housing and Community Development to help plan future development along the Monterey Road Corridor.
The Morgan Hill 2035 General Plan, adopted in July 2016, envisions the transformation of the Monterey Road Corridor north and south of downtown from its current predominantly strip commercial character to a mixed-use corridor that encourages walking and biking with buildings fronting the street.
A 2017 city-commissioned study by Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc. indicated that the Monterey Road Corridor has a market demand of 215,000 square feet of retail and office space with development capacity for 150 to 890 residential units.
The funds will help develop a “form-based code” for the corridor, which regulates building form first and use second, according to PlannersWeb.
“We are delighted to receive this grant as it will help position the city with the ability to obtain additional grant funding to complete a Specific Plan for the Monterey Road Corridor,” Assistant City Manager Leslie Little said.