Quality of Life: Urban Tour
Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County

Downtown Morgan HillExplore Downtown Morgan Hill on this walking tour that will highlight the elements of a vibrant community designed around people. The tour includes a visit to a community garden, the City’s newest streetscape project and The Granary, to discuss urban design, development, future projects and how they all affect Morgan Hill. There will also be an opportunity to envision a “daylighted” creek in downtown.

This event is cosponsored with Committee for Green Foothills and is part of an investigative series exploring the issues facing South Santa Clara County that will culminate in a community design day on May 14. The goal is to plan for a future where farms, natural areas, and attractive towns thrive side by side and to build a shared understanding of how the health of our working landscapes is inextricably linked to the health of our communities. Attendance is eligible for AICP CM Credits. 

Tour stops will include:

  • The Morgan Hill Community Garden-  Sherrie Wren, President of the Community Garden, will address the importance of local food and its connection to agriculture.
  • LLagas Creek in Downtown Morgan Hill- Former Mayor Dennis Kennedy will discuss the concept of daylighting the Llagas Creek, how it relates to the Downtown Specific Plan and how the daylighting project could positively impact the residents, habitat and aesthetics of Downtown.
  • The Third Street Promenade- Garrett Toy, City of Morgan Hill’s Director of Business Assistance and Housing Services, will evoke a stimulating conversation on new and future projects in the City and how it can revitalize Downtown.
  • Depot Commons- Downtown Association Board Member and downtown resident Laura Gonzalez-Escoto will discuss livability and housing in Morgan Hill. Drawing on her experience as Director of Redevelopment for several cities in the Bay Area, Laura will highlight the diversity of residential projects existing in Morgan Hill.
  • The Granary- Lesley Miles, President of Weston Miles Architects, Inc., will highlight The Granary’s LEED Gold Certification elements and how the adaptive reuse contributes to redeveloping downtown Morgan Hill.
  • The tour will end with a complimentary lunch in downtown. Marieke Ruys, from Thrive! Morgan Hill, will lead a lively conversation on how each of the elements in the tour contributes to a vibrant downtown and how community involvement can make an impact.

Quality of Life: Urban Tour Sponsors

APA CA logo Thive!MorganHill
 Weston Miles Architects, Inc.

The Morgan Hill Community Garden

Time: 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
17295 Butterfield Blvd
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
United States

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