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City Beat Adoption Of Morgan Hill’s Bikeways, Trails, Parks & Recreation Master Plan Tuesday August 2nd 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 3rd Street Downtown Morgan Hill The Morgan Hill National Night Out event provides an opportunity to meet and interact with your fi rst responders from Morgan Hill Police and Morgan Hill Fire. Police and Fire Trucks and Equipment will all be on Display including the Morgan Hill’s SWAT Truck and SWAT Team. It’s a not to be missed family night with an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, plenty of Kids Activities and Giveaways.. LOTS of FUN for EVERYONE! Morgan Hill participates as part of this larger national event that takes place in communities all over the country ( National-Night-Out-2016 18 Adoption Of Morgan Hill’s General Plan It has been an exciting 3 + years for the City of Morgan Hill as the City embarked upon a major planning process, called Morgan Hill 2035, to help guide development, land use, growth, and conservation in the city for the next 20 years. Specifi cally, the City undertook a comprehensive update to the major policy documents that guide the city’s economic and physical growth as well as maintain and improve the community’s quality of life. In late July the Morgan Hill City Council is expected to adopt the General Plan which will guide Morgan Hill through the year 2035. Residential Development Control System (RDCS) Established in 1977, the City of Morgan Hill’s unique voter approved growth management system regulates population growth through the provision of residential building allotments. The current growth management system is set to expire in 2020. While the growth management system has resulted in high quality residential development, the implementation of the program is time consuming and expensive for the City to administer. Through the Morgan Hill 2035 process, City staff and community stakeholders have worked hard to update and simplify the growth management program while maintaining the goals of preserving neighborhood character, encouraging preservation of open space and water conservation, and appropriately pacing development. It is anticipated that the Morgan Hill City Council will take action to approve a fi nal draft of the updated RDCS, including an updated population cap at the end of July 2016. At that same time it is expected that the City Council will also approve language for a ballot initiative for the RDCS for the November ballot. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JULY / AUGUST 2016 THE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2016 For over a year, a team of dedicated Morgan Hill community members, stakeholders, City teammates and consultants have worked to develop Morgan Hill’s new Bikeways, Trails, Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The Master Plan will guide the improvement and future development of a robust bikeways, trail parks and recreation system in Morgan Hill. It weaves together three separate plans and will create a current, comprehensive and community-driven tool for staff and decision-makers to prioritize improvements and investments. The Master Plan will also help support goals and programs to improve our city’s health, environment, connectivity and recreation options. The Master Plan is scheduled to be adopted by the Morgan Hill City Council in August 2016.