Council will be brought up date on status of project
The highlight of a short City Council meeting Wednesday night could be Sylvia Hamilton’s laying San Martin’s plans to become a real city before the council.
While Morgan Hill was incorporated in 1906, it has taken the rural area to the south a bit longer to reach that point. However, after a year or more of citizen surveys and consultant research plus help from Morgan Hill city staff and residents, the San Martin Neighborhood Alliance, of which Hamilton is president, is ready.
The SMNA was formed in 2000 to protect San Martin’s rural residential atmosphere and to find ways to provide a viable voice for residents in an area governed by the county Board of Supervisors, not themselves.
After considering alternatives such as annexing themselves to Morgan Hill or Gilroy, special districts and informal governing methods, the alliance settled on complete incorporation.
“Incorporation is obviously a huge undertaking and one that is not being taken lightly,” Hamilton said in a letter to the city.
She will ask council for a resolution in support of LAFCO starting the incorporation process. LAFCO is the county’s land use agency that holds sway over all annexations and changes of format. www.smneighbor.org/
City Council and/or the Redevelopment Agency meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall Chambers, 17555 Peak Ave. Details: www.morganhill.ca.gov or 779-7271. Council meetings are broadcast live on cable access channel 17.