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File #: 16-642    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Staff Report Status: Other Business
File created: 9/13/2016 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/21/2016 Final action:
Title: AGRICULTURAL LANDS PRESERVATION REPORT
Attachments: 1. 09 Supplement 1, 2. 9 Handout, 3. 09 County Presentation.pdf
CITY COUNCIL STAFF REPORT
MEETING DATE: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

PREPARED BY: Steve Rymer, City Manager

TITLE
AGRICULTURAL LANDS PRESERVATION REPORT
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RECOMMENDATION(S)
RECOMMENDATION
Receive verbal report from Santa Clara County and Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority representatives on the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Policy Framework.

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COUNCIL PRIORITIES, GOALS & STRATEGIES:



Ongoing Priorities
Protecting the environment


2016 Focus Areas
Planning Our Community
Participate in Regional Issues

REPORT NARRATIVE:
The purpose of this item is to receive a verbal update from Santa Clara County and Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority representatives on the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Policy Framework.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Collaborate

ALTERNATIVE ACTIONS:
N/A

PRIOR CITY COUNCIL AND COMMISSION ACTIONS:
The Planning Commission and City Council have discussed the City's preservation of agricultural lands and related topics at over 40 meetings. Notable action dates include the following:
* On November 5, 2014, the City Council certified the project EIR and adopted the Agricultural Lands Preservation Program (Program).
* On February 4, 2015, the City Council considered the SEQ General Plan land use diagram amendments and approved amendments to the General Plan to establish an Urban Limit Line ("ULL"), to expand the Urban Growth Boundary ("UGB") within the SEQ, and to establish a SRL use district as well as support a future high school use.
* On March 18, 2015, the City Council directed staff to participate in the development of the Southern Santa Clara County Sustainable Agricultural Lands Policy Framework, should such an effort proceed, with the goal of maintaining compatibility between the Framework and the City of Morgan Hill General Plan, Southeast Quadrant Land Use Plan, and Agricultural Lands Preservation Program.
* On July 15, 2015, the City Council adopted the Ordinance to codify as requirements the mitigation policies inclu...

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