Half-Dividend (Crosswinds) Residential Development

SD2020-0003/SR2020-0010/EA2020-0007: Half-Dividend (Crosswinds)


Project Overview

The purpose of an Environmental Impact Report is to inform decision-makers and the general public of the environmental impacts of a proposed project that an agency (in this case, the City of Morgan Hill) may implement or approve. The EIR process is intended to: (1) provide information sufficient to evaluate a project and its potential for significant impacts on the environment; (2) examine methods (e.g., project- specific mitigations, uniformly applied development regulations) for avoiding or deducing significant impacts; and (3) consider alternatives to the proposed project.

In accordance with CEQA, the Draft EIR will include the following:

  • A summary of the project, its potential significant environmental impacts, and mitigations required to avoid or reduce those significant impacts;
  • A project description;
  • A description of the existing environmental setting, potential environmental impacts, and mitigations for the project;
  • Alternatives to the proposed project; and
  • Other environmental consequences of the project, including 
    • (1) growth-inducing effects
    • (2) significant unavoidable impacts
    • (3) irreversible environmental changes
    • (4) cumulative impacts, and 
    • (5) effects found not to be Significant

PROJECT LOCATION

The approximately 31 acre project site is located at the intersection of Half Road and Mission View Drive in the City of Morgan Hill. The site is bounded by Half Road to the south and Mission View Road to the east. The project is located on four parcels (APNs 728-30-001, 728-30-002, 728-30-003, and 728-30-004).

PROPOSED PROJECT

The project proposes to construct a total of 269 new residential units, comprised of 56 single-family, 64 duets, and 149 condominium units. The project would provide a total of 606 parking spaces, including 538 covered spaces for residences, and 68 uncovered parking spaces for visitors. There would be a total of 40 below-market-rate (BMR) units. Each unit would include a two-car garage on the ground floor. The single-family detached residences would be constructed on the eastern and southern perimeters of the project site, along Mission View Drive and Half Road. The single-family residences would be two-stories and reach a maximum height of 30 feet.

The two-story attached duets would be located in the center of the project site and would reach a maximum height of 30 feet. Three-story condominiums would be constructed along the western and northwestern perimeters of the project site, along DePaul Drive and adjacent to a vacant parcel. The condominiums would reach a maximum height of 39 feet.

The project would include recreational areas including a clubhouse, pool, children’s play area, and barbeque/picnic areas. The project would also include pedestrian paths, and landscaping, including trees and lawn areas. The EIR evaluates two project options related to the management of stormwater. Under Option 1, stormwater runoff would be directed to underground retention facilities designed for a 25-year, 24-hour storm event and under Option 2, 100 percent of stormwater from the site would be directed to underground retention facilities designed for a 100-year, 24-hour storm event. The two project options would have the same site design, including the proposed number of residences, building elevations, and site layout.

The project would result in a significant, unavoidable impact to agricultural resources as a result of conversion of Prime Farmland, as well as significant, unavoidable Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) impacts from project residents’ daily travel. The project site is designated as Prime Farmland, Unique Farmland, and Farmland of Statewide Importance. The project proposes to develop the site with residential uses. Conversion of the above-mentioned farmland types to residential uses would constitute a significant impact to agricultural resources, for which no feasible mitigation exists to replace the lost resources. The Morgan Hill citywide average VMT per capita is currently 24.64. The impact threshold of 15 percent below the citywide average VMT per capita equates to 20.94 VMT per capita. The project is estimated to generate 27.41 VMT per capita, which would exceed the impact threshold of 20.94 VMT per capita. The project would implement mitigation measures/TDM measures such as carshare and school pool programs to reduce VMT. Implementation of the above mitigation measures would reduce the project’s VMT per capita to 24.37. The reduced VMT per capita, however, would still be greater than the impact threshold of 20.94 VMT per capita, and no additional feasible measures are available.

All other impacts of the proposed project would be mitigated to a less than significant level with incorporation of applicable project-level mitigation measures identified in this EIR.

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Project Plans and Specifications

Design Permit Plans

Civil Engineering Plans

Draft EIR

Notice of Availability (NOA)

The City of Morgan Hill is making this Draft EIR available in accordance with CEQA for a 60-day review and comment period. 

During the comment period, written comments may be submitted in the following ways:

Comments must be received electronically or postmarked on or before January 3,  2022.

Community Open House

The City of Morgan Hill invites the Public to a Community Open House to submit verbal comments on the Draft EIR to be held Tuesday, December 6, 2022at 7:00 PM (Virtual Meeting):

DATE:                    Tuesday, December 6, 2022
TIME:                     7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:          Video Conference 
Weblink:              https://bit.ly/12062022CrosswindsCommunityOpenHouse           Phone:                (669) 900-9128 Webinar ID: 830 4117 0505 

Notice of Preparation (NOP)

Notice of Preparation public review period was January 29, 2021, through  March 17, 2021. 

Project Planner- Gina Paolini  

gina.paolini@morganhill.ca.gov