Magnolias Affordable Housing Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Morgan Hill
Document Title
Magnolias Affordable Housing Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Magnolias Affordable Housing Project (proposed project) would include the demolition of the existing on-site structures and construction of a five story multi-family building consisting of 66 units, with one unit dedicated for an on-site manager. The proposed project would be comprised of 16 studios, 16 one-bedroom units, 17 two-bedroom units, and 17 three-bedroom units. The development would also include an entry plaza, garden/recreation area, two roof decks, half-court basketball and recreation area, playground, clubhouse, laundry room, and bike room. In addition, the proposed project would provide 67 parking stalls. Several on-site trees would be removed or replaced during the proposed project. Because 100 percent of the units would be designated for households with incomes at 30 to 60 percent area median income (AMI), the proposed project qualifies for an 80 percent Density Bonus to allow for the 66 units overall. The proposed project would require a Conditional Use Permit for reduction of landscape, Design Review for the construction of three or more residential units, and Density Bonus for the proposed residential density. The Density Bonus, with concessions, has already been approved by City Council.

Contact Information

Gina Paolini
Agency Name
City of Morgan Hill
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Morgan Hill
Santa Clara
Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
Monterey Road and Manresa Lane
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Britton Middle, Stratford School, Burnett Elementary, El Toro...

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15332, Class 32
Reasons for Exemption
Article 19 of the CEQA Guidelines, Sections 15300 through 15333, includes a list of classes of projects that have been determined to not have a significant effect on the environment, and are therefore exempt from CEQA. As demonstrated throughout the Initial Study prepared by the City, the proposed project qualifies for exemption under CEQA Guidelines Section 15332, Class 32. For example, given the applicable Density Bonus under Government Code Section 65915, the proposed project would be consistent with the General Plan land use and zoning designation of MU-F and, thus, would meet Criterion 15332(a). In addition, the project would meet Criterion 15332(b) by being surrounded by existing development. The project site does not provide habitat value for rare, threatened, or endangered species and, thus, meets Criterion 15332(c). Furthermore, the proposed project would not result in any significant environmental effects related to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality. The project can be adequately served by all required utilities and public services. As such, the proposed project would meet Criterion 15332(d) and 15332(e). It should also be noted that none of the exceptions to the exemptions under CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2 would apply to the proposed project. Therefore, the proposed project would be considered exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15332, Class 32.
County Clerk
Santa Clara


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