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Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area Site Plan

Published on: 10/24/2013 11:28 AM
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Site View from Norred TrailOn December 15, 2009 the Board of Supervisors took final action on the Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area Site Plan Project adopting the Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) and approving the Project. A copy of the Final Site Plan report and Final Site Plan documents are available on this website under Site Plan Documents. The Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration is available on this website under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Document.
 
At the meeting, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution for the Mitigated Negative Declaration based on the findings that the Final MND was prepared in accordance with all legal requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), that the Board has considered the MND and all comments received during the comment period; and, that there is no substantial evidence in the record that the project, as mitigated, will have a significant impact on the environment. The Board also adopted the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP) included in the MND.
 
An official meeting summary of the Board of Supervisor’s actions (Agenda Item #87) on December 15, 2009, is available on the County of Santa Clara’s website at www.sccgov.org and click on Summary of Board of Supervisors Meeting link or contact the Office of the Clerk of the Board at (408) 299-5001. Public Notice of Board's Adoption of the Final IS/MND and Approval.
 
Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area Site Plan Documents
 
Site Plan Design Elements 6/18/09
 
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Documents
 
The Parks and Recreation Department (Parks Department), the lead agency under the CEQA, completed an Initial Study (IS) and based upon substantial evidence in the record, prepared a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) which included a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan. The Final IS/MND are available on this website under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Documents.
 
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Documents
 
 
Project/Site Description
 
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department developed the Santa Teresa County park Historic Area Site Plan (Site Plan) for the undeveloped portions of the Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area located in Santa Teresa County Park in south San Jose.
 
The Historic Area includes the existing developed Santa Teresa Spring and Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch sites, as well as remaining undeveloped properties which make up the approximate nine-acre project site.
 
The intent of the Site Plan is to incorporate interpretive themes, history, and elements of the Native American (Ohlone), Settlement (transition period between the Ohlones and settlers who came to Alta California from Mexico), and California Rancho periods, integrating these earlier periods with the existing developed portions of the Historic Area. This project represents an expansion of the Park’s Historic Area, and when completed, visitors can experience a slice of California history.
 
Project Background
 
Between 1999 and 2001 the Parks and Recreation Department completed development of two planned improvements at the Santa Teresa Historic Area, namely Santa Teresa Spring and Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch.  These sites were identified as future interpretive and educational nodes in the Santa Teresa County Park Master Plan (MP) approved by the Board of Supervisors in April 1992. A copy of the 1992 Master Plan is available for review on this website.
 
An interpretive plan was developed for areas of Santa Teresa County park as part of the overall 1999 Santa Clara County Parks Interpretive Systems Plan.  Interpretation of the structures and elements located in the current project site were noted in this plan but not expanded upon because the County Parks and Recreation Department had not yet acquired the properties.
 
With the purchase of the final piece of property in the Historic Area in 2002, the Parks Department determined that a site plan should be undertaken to complete the development of the undeveloped portions of the Historic Area and to ensure consistent implementation of the 1999 Santa Clara County Parks Interpretive Systems Plan.

Development of the Santa Teresa Spring and Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch sites has provided areas for holding interpretive and education programs as well as special events which are open to the public. For more information about school programs and materials at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, call (408) 226-5453 or visit our website at www.parkhere.org
 
In May 2001, the Parks and Recreation Commission approved the naming of this area of Santa Teresa County Park as “Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area”, for its rich historic and archaeological resources.  The historic area includes the developed sites as well as remaining undeveloped properties purchased after development of the Master Plan.
 
The Strategic Plan for the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation System, approved by the Board of Supervisors on August 5, 2003, identifies action items relative to the Interpretive Program, whose purpose is to foster an awareness and appreciation of the County's cultural and historical resources. Two priority actions noted in the Strategic Plan are:
 
  • to identify park areas within the County park system which can become focused interpretive park areas;
  • develop new interpretive facilities and/or amenities.
    Completion of the development of the Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area will be consistent with these action items.
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Draft Planning Documents

The draft Goals and Objectives are intended to guide the site plan development process.
The draft Design Program document sets the stage for development of the preferred alternative for the site plan.

The Opportunities and Constraints map identifies sensitivities of the site as well as optimum use areas. The sensitive areas include existing historic resources such as the historic structures, special status species and sensitive habitats.

Timeline Concept diagram shows overarching interpretive themes and periods, and general site circulation.

The two draft Conceptual "bubble diagram" Design Alternatives (Layout 1 & Layout 2 ), show possible locations of the design elements on the site.  Based on input received, preferred elements from these conceptual "bubble diagrams" will be identified.  Staff and consultants will then proceed with further analyses and development of a preferred design alternative.
 
Rancho Map
Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation Committee Meeting
 
At their October 15, 2009 regular business meeting, the Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation (HLUET) Committee of the County Board of Supervisors (BOS) accepted the Final Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area Site Plan (Site Plan) and Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) forwarding a favorable recommendation to the Board of Supervisors for adoption of the IS/MND and approval of the Site Plan project. Initially scheduled for the November 3, 2009 BOS meeting as part of the HLUET Committee report to the Board, the Site Plan project was deferred to the December 15, 2009 Board meeting at the request of the Parks Department to allow further public comment related to a reference document, Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area Traffic and Parking Study by Hexagon Transportation Consultants, October 2, 2008, not originally included in Appendix B of the pre-print Final IS/MND.  The findings of the Final IS/MND do not alter as a result of the omission of the reference document.
 
Commission Meetings
 
On September 2, 2009 the Draft Final Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area Site Plan and Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration were presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission accepted the Parks and Recreation Department report and forwarded a favorable recommendation to the Housing, Land Use, Transportation, and Environment (HLUET) Committee of the Board of Supervisors for Board of Supervisors adoption of the IS/MND and approval of the project. View here for the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting minutes.
 
On February 19, 2009 a status report on the Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area Site Plan project was presented to the Historical Heritage Commission (HHC). The HHC accepted the report.
 
On October 1, 2008, a report on the development of the Draft Preferred Design Alternative (draft final Site Plan) for the Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area Site Plan was presented to the County Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission unanimously accepted the report. The draft final Site Plan documents were revised based on the Commission's comments and comments from the October 16, 2008 Community Meeting. View here for meeting minutes for the parks & Recreation Commission meeting.
 
On August 21, 2008, a status report on the development of the Site Plan was presented to the Historical Heritage Commission (HHC) for initial feedback and comment.  The HHC unanimously accepted the report, providing comments relative to the draft conceptual “bubble diagram design alternatives and historic resources in the Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area.
 
On June 4, 2008, a status report on the development of the Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area Site Plan to the County Parks and Recreation Commission.  The status report included presentation of the project’s Goals and Objectives, Draft Design Program Document, an overview of public comments received to date, a summary and map of the opportunities and constraints associated with the development of the site, and a conceptual time line diagram with the overarching interpretive themes and periods.  In addition,  two draft conceptual “bubble diagram” designs which identified future placement of the design elements within the site were presented.  Through their unanimous approval, the Commission's action allowed staff and consultants to proceed with the development of draft preferred design alternative for the Site Plan. View here for the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting minutes.
 
Community Meetings
 
The draft Final Site Plan and Site Plan Design Elements were presented at a Community Meeting on October 16, 2008 (Community Meeting No.2).  The draft final Site Plan documents were revised based on comments from the Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting on October 1, 2008 and from the public at the October 16, 2008 Community Meeting.  Click here for more information on Community Meeting No. 2.
 
The project and draft planning documents were presented to the public at a Community Meeting (Community Meeting No.1) held on May 8, 2008. The draft planning documents, which include draft Goals and Objectives document, draft Design Program document, Opportunities and Constraints map, Timeline Concept diagram, and two draft Conceptual "bubble diagram" Design alternative diagrams, are available on this website under Draft Planning Documents. The meeting was attended by 23 members of the public who provided their comments and input. Click here for information on Community Meeting No. 1.
 
For more information about this project, please contact:
 
Antoinette Romeo, Park Planner
Antoinette.Romeo@prk.sccgov.org
(408) 355-2235
County of Santa Clara, Parks and Recreation Department
298 Garden Hill Drive, Los Gatos, CA, 95032.

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