Butterfield Technology Park

The Butterfield Technology Park (SR2020-18 through SR2020-22) is a roughly 25 acre industrial project that includes 5 separate buildings ranging in size from 70,000 to 92,000 square feet. This project is part of a larger 58-acre masterplan project that includes the 389-unit multi-family Morgan Hill Apartments project, an approximately 3 acre private park with public access, and an extension of Sutter Boulevard.

Background:

The subject property is included within the Morgan Hill Ranch Business Park Planned Unit Development. A Development Agreement with Morgan Hill Development Partners that included the project site, was approved on March 1, 2001, but expired. The underlying land remained industrial in the Zoning Code and General Plan. 

In 2014-15, the owner of the property at the time, MWest Prop Co XXXIII LLC (MWest) , filed an application to convert the zoning and general plan designation for a 19.5 acre portion of the industrial park to residential use. The residential portion of the site (now known as Morgan Hill Apartments), was created when the City Council approved General Plan Amendment (File No. GPA-14-04) by Resolution No. 15-102 on May 6, 2015 (subsequent to Planning Commission review on November 18, 2014) amending the designation of 19.5 acres on the northern portion of the site from Industrial to Multi-Family Medium. 

On September 2, 2015, subsequent to review by the Planning Commission on July 28, 2015,  the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2163, approving a Zoning Amendment (File No. ZA-15-12) for the 19.5-acre site amending the zoning to R-3 Medium Density Residential. A masterplan for the entire 60 acres, including a park and industrial park were developed for the consideration of the amendment.

In 2016, the new developer for the site, MWest requested a new Development Agreement as a means to encourage and expedite the development of the site. 

A Preliminary Plan Review for the Industrial portion of the project was reviewed by the Planning Commission at its July 26, 2016 meeting.  The City Council subsequently reviewed the Preliminary Plan Review at their meeting of November 16, 2016. 

Two Development Agreements were prepared, one for the residential portion of the site (Morgan Hill Apartments) and one for the industrial portion referred to in the title of the DA as the Butterfield Technology Center.  The Development Agreement approved up to 600,000 gross square feet of new industrial development. 

On May 9, 2017, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed Development Agreement for the industrial portion of the site.  The Planning Commission adopted resolutions that affirmed CEQA compliance, General Plan consistency and recommended the Agreement be approved by City Council.  

On June 7, 2017, the City Council held a public hearing to introduce Ordinance 2249 that approved the Development Agreement. The City Council adopted the Development Agreement on June 21, 2017.  The document became effective on July 21, 2017 and was recorded with the County on August 29, 2017.

Industrial Development Agreement (DA) between the City and MWest

In 2019 MWest sold and assigned their interest in the project and the entitlements to Braddock and Logan, who then sold a portion of the industrial property to Trammell Crow.

The Development Agreement requires the City to prioritize and expedite processing of the application.  This project will be considered at the December 8th Planning Commission public hearing (detailed info below).

Project Description:

This project proposes approximately 410,000 square feet of flexible industrial/commercial space spread across 5 separate buildings on five separate lots. As required by the Development Agreement, this project requires Design Review. No other approvals are required at this time. The Community Development Director has elevated this project to the Planning Commission for consideration.

  • Building 1 will be situated on a +/- 4.98-acre lot with an 85,456 sf concrete tilt-up building.
  • Building 2 will be situated on a +/- 4.96-acre lot with an 82,446 sf concrete tilt-up building.
  • Building 3 will be situated on a +/- 5.35-acre lot with an 80,156 sf concrete tilt-up building.
  • Building 4 will be situated on a +/- 5.30-acre lot with an 91,738 sf concrete tilt-up building.
  • Building 5 will be situated on a +/- 4.04-acre lot with an 70,280 sf concrete tilt-up building.

All five buildings are designed to be divisible into up to 2 tenant spaces with a maximum height of 45.6 feet.

Project Plans and Specifications:

Architectural Plans
Elevations - Building 1
Elevations - Building 2
Elevations - Building 3
Elevations - Building 4
Elevations - Building 5
Landscape Plans

Notifications:

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Project Location:

The project is located between Monterey Road and Butterfield Boulevard, south of Jarvis Drive, and north of Digital Drive. 

Butterfield Tech Park location map

Environmental Review:

In accordance with the Development Agreement, this project is in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the CEQA Guidelines.

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was approved by the City on March 18, 1981 for the Morgan Hill Ranch Business Park Planned Unit Development (PUD). In addition, a subsequent Initial Study was prepared and Mitigated Negative Declaration adopted by the City allowing an amendment to the PUD on April 5, 2000.

An Addendum was prepared to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the project in relationship to the Morgan Hill 2035 General Plan Update, which underwent separate CEQA analysis. The EIR and Addendum were intended to serve as informational documents for the public agency decision makers and the public regarding the project. The EIR and the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting program and Statements of Overriding Consideration were adopted under separate Resolution on May 6, 2015.

Environmental Documents for the Morgan Hill Ranch Business Park can be found here.

Planning Commission Hearing

Public Notice (PDF)

This notice is to advise the public that the Morgan Hill Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on December 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible therafter. The Planning Commission meeting will be held via video conference and is open to the public. All interested persons may participate and be heard by joing the video conference at: https://bit.ly/12820PlanningCommissionMtg or by calling into the meeting at (669) 900-9128 and entering the Webinar ID: 897 9313 4726.

Planning Commission Meeting Details

DATE:                     Tuesday, December 8, 2020

TIME:                      7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:            Video Conference 

                                Weblink: https://bit.ly/12820PlanningCommissionMtg 

                                Phone: (669) 900-9128 Webinar ID: 897 9313 4726


Project Planner - Jennifer Carman

Email Jennifer Carman or call her at (408) 310-4657