Planning For New Residences

Residential Development Control System (RDCS)


In 1977, the City of Morgan Hill adopted the RDCS. The RDCS was originally approved by the City of Morgan Hill voters in response to concerns over the amount and pace of residential growth and the impacts of this growth on City services and infrastructure. Measure S, a City initiated ballot measure, was approved by the City of Morgan Hill voters on November 8, 2016 and became effective on March 1, 2017. 

RDCS Competition Manual


The RDCS Competition Manual contains the criteria and standards that the City of Morgan Hill uses to award residential allotments to projects. The Criteria and Standards are consistent with the RDCS ballot measure approved by the voters, the RDCS Ordinance in Division IV of the Morgan Hill Development Code, and with the growth management goals and policies in the General Plan.

The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2248 on June 7, 2017, approving Section III-Competition Criteria, Standards and Points of the RDCS Competition Manual and on June 21, 2017 adopted Resolution No. 17-053 approving Section I, II, and IV of the Manual.  The RDCS Competition Manual is an official City policy document.

RDCS Exemptions


The RDCS applies to all residential development in the City, except for:

1. One single-family home on a lot existing as of March 1, 2017;
2. Secondary dwelling units;
3. The conversion of an existing single-family home into a duplex provided that a new    detached primary structure is not constructed on the lot or lots;
4. Assisted living/nursing homes; and,
5. The annexation of existing dwelling units outside of City limits into the City.

RDCS Allotments


In accordance with Section 18.78.110 (Number of Available Allotments), the City Council will establish a maximum number of available residential allotments each year, not to exceed 215 allotments. A population ceiling of 58,200 for the year 2035 has been set for the City.

For the 2017 RDCS Competition, the City Council has authorized 195 residential building allotments for the 2019/2020 Fiscal year.

Additional Information


For more information contact Gina Paolini or call 408-778-6480.