Morgan Hill is largely comprised of single-family residential neighborhoods. There are multi-family residential uses, such as condominiums and apartments, which are dispersed primarily in the area west of Butterfield Boulevard between Cochrane Road and south of Watsonville Road, and east along Monterey Road. Land uses surrounding Morgan Hill primarily consist of rural residential areas, agriculture, and open space. These uses, including nurseries, orchards, and vineyards, provide a buffer between urbanized parts of San José to the north and Gilroy to the south. Areas east and west of Morgan Hill primarily consist of undeveloped hillsides, open space areas, and reservoirs, including Anderson Lake, Anderson Lake County Park, and Coyote Lake to the east and Uvas Reservoir and Chesbro Reservoir to the west.
The City supports attractive, safe, and friendly residential neighborhoods consistent with Morgan Hill's unique, small-town feel. Development within residential zoning districts are required to feature high quality design that enhances the visual character of the community.
The City's Planning Division is ready to assist new and existing residents with the processing of any type of residential project. It is always a goal to have high quality, affordable housing within the Morgan Hill community.