On July 30, 2021, the City of Gilroy received an application to amend the City’s Urban Service Area (USA) boundary from Integral Communities, a local development company. If approved, this amendment would add approximately 194.5 acres to the City’s southern limits. The proposed project site is within the City’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) but outside the USA boundary.
The USA is the area of land to which the City is already committed to providing basic infrastructure services for urban development. The UGB was instituted by voter approval of Measure H in 2016 and is the area of land within the planning boundary, or sphere of influence, intended for future urbanization.
The boundaries of both the USA and UGB are shown on the included map, with the USA boundary shown by a dashed blue line and the UGB boundary shown by a solid red line. The proposed project site is shown in orange and has a land use designation of Neighborhood District High.
This developer-initiated process and application is currently under review by City staff and will require the preparation and review of several documents, including but not limited to environmental review, a fiscal impact analysis, and a plan for services. The purpose of these documents is to analyze potentially significant impacts from the project and ensure that the project site can be adequately served by infrastructure (e.g., water and sewer) and public services (e.g., police and fire). The plan for services document must also identify how these services will be financed. The City currently is seeking qualified consultants to prepare these documents and is accepting proposals through noon on October 20.
Upon completion of the document preparation and review, the Planning Commission and City Council will hold public hearings on the project prior to the City Council deciding whether or not the application can be submitted to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for approval. LAFCO is a state-mandated independent local agency established to oversee the boundaries of cities and special districts in Santa Clara County. The City of Gilroy is required to obtain LAFCO’s approval prior to extending services outside its urban service area boundary.
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