Cochrane Commons

Project Description  

A Preliminary Review application was filed under SR2019-0038: Cochrane - Morgan Hill Retail Ventures Center also referred to as Cochrane Commons Phase 2. This project has been updated and the applicant requested a second hearing. The project will amend the existing Planned Development combining district to revise and refine the uses allowed within the PD Combining District to reflect the Mixed-Use Flex General Plan designation and those uses that are supportive of retail and typical in the shopping centers of today’s post-recession economy. The amendment also proposes a third pylon sign within the shopping center and near Highway 101 and proposes changes to the existing master plan to reflect a new mix of building types rather than the approved big box retail buildings.

Project Plans

Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meeting - Public Notice (pdf)

This Notice of Preparation is sent pursuant to Section 15082 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines to announce the initiation of the SEIR process and to solicit comments from responsible and trustee agencies and interested parties concerning the scope of issues to be addressed in the SEIR. The Draft SEIR will address the potential physical and environmental effects of the proposed project in accordance with the CEQA. In preparing the Draft SEIR, the City will consider comments on the scope of the Draft SEIR received in response to this Notice of Preparation.

Public Review Period

The schedule public review Period: December 3, 2021, through January 3, 2021

Comments must be received electrically or postmarked ono or before January 3, 2021. During the comment period, written comments may be submitted in the following ways:

  • By mail - Attn: Jennifer Carman, Development Services, 17575 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  • By email to  

Scoping Meeting

A public scoping meeting was held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. To view the meeting, click on the meeting link below:


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Planning Commission Hearing

On March 23, 2021, The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing to receive input on the proposed item as stated above. After reviewing the project, the Planning Commission provided feedback on the proposed Planned Development Amendment.

Environmental Review

For more information, please visit the Cochrane Commons Phase 2 Environmental Page for this project.

Background Information

Cochrane Commons was planned for 2 phases of development.  Phase 1 is the shopping center as envisioned today. Phase 2 was to include another 350,000 square feet of retail.  As the retail landscape has changed significantly, Browman Development, operators of the Cochrane Commons shopping center, are proposing changes to Phase 2 site plan of their project. 

Applicant has filed a Zoning Amendment application (ZA2019-0003) and Design Review Permit (SR2019-0038) with the City of Morgan Hill in December 2019.   Project went to Planning Commission on February 11, 2020 (html). Environmental Review scoping underway.