RDCS Process

RDCS allotments are issued to developers who wish to build residential units in the City of Morgan Hill through a project competition process. The competition is based on an evaluation system which utilizes a series of criteria and standards. For more information about the scoring criteria, refer to the RDCS Competition Manual and the nine specific City objectives.

RDCS Competition Manual


The City Council has adopted the RDCS Competition Manual to provide guidance in the implementation of the RDCS. The Manual includes:
  • Competition Manual Overview
  • Competition Criteria
  • Competition Criteria, Standards and Points
  • RDCS Implementation Policies

The RDCS Competition Manual is provided:
RDCS Competition Manual

Typical RDCS Schedule


The RDCS competition is held every 1 to 2 years at the discretion of the City Council. The following is the RDCS schedule approved by the City Council on June 21, 2017:
  • Pre-Competition Orientation- September 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM (Note Change)
  • Mandatory Pre-Application Review- November 3, 2017
  • Application Due Date - January 4, 2018 
  • Review By City Staff - Through February 2018
  • Planning Commission Review - March 13, 2018 (Note Change)
  • Planning Commission award of RDCS Building Allotments - May 22, 2018

The RDCS 2017 Competition Schedule is provided:
2017 RDCS Calendar

2017 RDCS Process and Filing Requirements


The following RDCS Process document provides summary details regarding the following:
1. Overview of the RDCS
2. Downtown and Agricultural Preservation Projects
3. RDCS Competition Manual
4. Pre-Competition Orientation
5. Pre-Application Review
6. General Plan and Zoning Compliance
7. Number and Term of Building Allotments
8. Application Filing Deadline

2017 RDCS Process Outline (PDF)


Filing Requirements


All RDCS project applications must be filed with the Community Development Department on
or before January 4, 2018. All applicants will be required to make an appointment for the day and time an application is to be filed. The City will schedule appointments for submittals prior to December 18, 2017.

Subsequent Planning Approvals


Subsequent to receiving RDCS building allotments, a project may need to file for typical land entitlements to complete the project including but not limited to:
  • Building Permits
  • Design Review
  • Development Agreements
  • Development Schedule
  • Subdivision
  • Zoning Amendment