City Council Discussion and Consideration of
City-Initiated Code Amendments to Refine Industrial
Land Use Classifications and Design Review Procedures
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Hello Morgan Hill Community,

At the October 21, 2020 City Council meeting, the City Council will review, discuss, and consider City-Initiated Code Amendments to Refine Industrial
Land Use Classifications and Design Review Procedures. Included in the discussion are the comments and recommendations made by the Planning Commission at their September 22, 2020 Meeting.

The proposed ordinance includes City-initiated code amendments to the current City zoning code to refine industrial land use classifications. The draft ordinance proposes to prohibit large fulfillment centers/heavy distribution, parcel sorting centers, and it identifies areas where parcel hubs (also known as last mile delivery centers) could be permitted or conditionally permitted. 

Also included in the draft ordinance, are staff recommended changes to the Design Permit Process within the Municipal Code to require Planning Commission review of buildings and developments of certain sizes.

City Council and community members have raised concerns about projects along the HWY 101 corridor, particularly around the City's current zoning regulations not adequately regulating e-commerce facilities potentially being developed as heavy distribution "fulfillment centers" served by hundreds of semi-trucks daily.

Additionally, the City Council directed staff to develop more specific criteria for determining what projects are referred to the Planning Commission for design review rather than administrative review.

The draft ordinance addresses the concerns above by creating definitions for e-commerce facilities in industrial zones and by creating criteria that requires large projects to be referred to the Planning Commission for design review, while still giving the Development Services Director flexibility to refer smaller projects to the Planning Commission that are determined to be significant.

To learn more about the draft ordinance you can review the City-initiated Code Amendments (aka Industrial Ordinance) FAQs or you can visit the project web page.

City Council Meeting Details:
Those who would like to join the virtual City Council meeting may do so by going to: or by calling in to (669) 900-9128 and entering webinar ID 835 2176 4154 #.

**Please note that although this meeting will start at 5:30 pm, this item will not be heard before 7:00 pm.
For more information, please contact Development Services Director
Jennifer Carman at or (408) 310-4657.
City of Morgan Hill |