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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORTS​

 

Boulder Ridge Pool and Fitness Facility
(File #2195)

 

Information regarding the Boulder Ridge Pool and Fitness Facility can be found on our Current Major Projects page.

 
Conservation Center for Wildlife Care EIR
(File #6943-12EIR)

 

Description: The proposed project is for the development of a wildlife care and rehabilitation facility and associated captive propagation facility for endangered/imperiled native species. Infrastructure includes the following structures: outdoor wildlife enclosures with a public wildlife intake building with pond ecology station, wildlife medical facility and education building, imperiled species breeding facility and demolition of two existing cottages to be replaced with two new caretaker cottages for guests and staff members. Other improvements include an access driveway, and parking areas and septic system for the facilities. Proposed hours of operation are 7 a.m to 7 p.m. 7 days a week with up to 60 staff members and up to 52 public visitors on site at any one time.

 Location: The site is located on the east side of the Santa Cruz Mountains off Highway 9 at 24103 Congress Springs Road approximately 1 mile west of the City of Saratoga.

Notice of Preparation
Master Plan

 

For further information, or to submit comments, please contact Colleen Oda.


On-site Wastewater Treatment System Ordinance
Environmental Impact Report

(File #10060)

 

 

Description: The proposed project is an update of regulations governing individual on-site wastewater treatment systems within the unincorporated portions of the County. The project also includes updates to related sections of the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

 Location: Unincorporated Santa Clara County. 

Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Appendix D

 

For further information, please contact David Rader.

 

Coyote Highlands Cluster Subdivision
(File #3009)


Description: The proposed project is for a subdivision of approximately 567 acres into 25 single family residential parcels and five (5) open space parcels, construction of roads, utilities, storm drainage systems, communal water supply system, private recreational trails, and habitat features. The 25 residential lots will range in size from approximately 3.45 to 10.76 acres; the open space area will be approximately 508 acres in area.  

Location: The subject property is located within unincorporated lands east of the City of Morgan Hill, east of Carey Land and Maple Avenue.
 
For further information, please contact Mark Connolly, County of Santa Clara, Planning Office, 70 W. Hedding Street, East Wing, 7th Floor, San Jose, CA  95110.​

 

Coyote Highlands Subdivision EIR
(File #3009)

 

Overall Development Plan (VTM)
Notice of Preparation
 
For further information, please contact Mark Connolly.

 
 
Permanente Quarry: EMSA Reclamation Plan Amendment
(File #2250)
 


 

Description: Amendment to the 1985 Permanente Quarry Reclamation Plan to reclaim the mined lands of the Permanente Quarry in a manner suitable for future open space uses within the next 20 years. The mined lands comprise approximately 1,238 acres (RPA Area) within the Applicant’s overall 3,510-acre ownership, and include the Quarry Pit, two overburden piles referred to as the EMSA and WMSA, Crusher/Quarry Offices, Surge Pile, Rock Plant, a mining exploration area south of Permanente Creek, and an area adjacent to and within Permanente Creek corridor. The reclamation activities include stabilization of mined slopes, re-vegetation, installation of storm water detention, and removal of mining material from the Permanente Creek corridor.

 

Location: Western foothills of Santa Clara County approximately two miles west of the intersection of Interstate 280 and Highway 85, Cupertino. 

 
 
 
Draft EIR Reclamation Plan Document
 For further information, please contact Marina Rush.
 

 


 

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS
Negative Declarations
 

 

James Ranch Expansion
(File #10512)
 

Description: The proposed project would involve construction of new facilities at the William F. James Boys Ranch, an existing minimum security juvenile detention facility located in Morgan Hill. The new facilities would include an admissions / treatment / visitors center, a gymnasium building, and a dormitory as well as related infrastructure, such as parking spaces, driveways, covered walkways, and landscaping. The proposed project would also include demolition of the existing dormitory following completion and occupancy of the new one. The current James Ranch facility has a capacity of 84 beds. The expanded facility would accommodate up to 108 beds at full capacity.

 

Location: The subject property is a 150-acre parcel located at 19050 Malaguerra Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA

 
Initial Study​ NOI
 

The public comment period starts on January 22, 2014 and ends on February 21, 2014. For further information, or to submit comments, please contact David Rader

 

Giovannotto Land and Cattle Subdivision
(File #10214)
 

Description: This application is for a two-lot subdivision of an existing 432.97 acre site. (See attached tentative subdivision map for details). The project will subdivide a parcel that fronts Whiskey Flat Road; Parcel 1 will be 352.97 acres and Parcel 2 will be 80 acres. The property is zoned AR (Agriculture Ranchlands), with 19.7% of it zoned AR-sr (Agriculture Ranchlands scenic road). Harrison Road, which runs through Parcel 2 of the proposed subdivision, will be widened in narrow areas, and paved and improved where necessary as required by Land Development Engineering standards, to provide access to the parcels. Some improvements on the access road have already been constructed which will be permitted as part of the conditions of the subdivision.
Once the property is subdivided, each lot could be developed with a single family residence, and secondary dwelling. Future home development would be served by well and onsite septic systems. However no residential development is proposed at this time.

 

Location: The parcel to be subdivided is located between Whiskey Flat Road and Pacheco Pass Highway west of Dinosaur Point Road adjacent to the Merced County Line with the rural unincorporated area of Santa Clara County, south and east of the City of Gilroy.

 
Initial Study​ NOI
Vicinity Map Subdivision Map Road Plan
 

The public comment period starts on January 13, 2014 and ends on February 03, 2014. For further information, or to submit comments, please contact Colleen Oda

 

Auction Storage Facility
(File #10337)
 

Description: The proposed project is a Use Permit, Architecture and Site Approval, and Grading Approval application for a 20-acre overflow and parking lot/automobile storage facility for an online automobile auction facility for Copart Inc. Associated site improvements include grading to control drainage and base rock for surfacing. The project includes fencing the lot to provide screening. Proposed use of the vacant lot is to store automobiles prior to their online sale. The facility will not be open to the general public. Employees of Copart will remain at the existing Copart’s location at 13895 Llagas Avenue, San Martin and will direct delivery of incoming vehicles to the proposed overflow yard. Once vehicles are received at the outdoor storage facility, they will be photographed and sold online to buyers. The proposed hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Grading for the project will include approximately 5,517 cubic yards of cut and 5,728 cubic yards of fill (total 11,245 cubic yards). There are no existing structures on the property and no structures are proposed. The proposed project entails removal of 53 Walnut and nut trees greater than 12” in diameter. A maximum of 8 vehicle trips will be generated per day through this use. Landscaping will be required as mitigation for visibility and in accordance with the adopted San Martin Integrated Design Guidelines.

 

Location: The subject property is a 20-acre parcel located on Llagas Avenue, east of Monterey Highway, west of Llagas Avenue, and south of Highland Avenue, in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The subject property is located in San Martin, east of the Llagas Creek, with the Santa Teresa Hills to the northwest and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west.

 
Initial Study​ NOI
 

The public comment period starts on October 29, 2013 and ends on November 19, 2013. For further information, or to submit comments, please contact Priya Cherukuru

 

Khosla Residence
(File #10376)
 

Description: The proposed project is a Single Building Site and Grading Approval application for a 4,000 square foot single family residence, a 1,000 square foot guest house, 9,800 square feet of private horse barn and includes a 38,000 square foot open arena. Associated site improvements include access road improvements, driveway and turnaround improvements and horse trailer parking area. All proposed uses are for personal use and no commercial, industrial, or institutional uses are proposed. Grading for the project will include approximately 3,000 cubic yards of cut and 4,250 cubic yards of fill (total 7,250 cubic yards). Project entails removal of 16 trees (3 Bay Laurels, 1 Valley Oak, 1 Blue Oak and 11 Coast Live Oaks). Access road improvements include widening of the existing Arastredero Road along Los Trancos Creek to meet the fire safety standards.

 

Location: The subject property is a 20-acre parcel located on Llagas Avenue, east of Monterey Highway, west of Llagas Avenue, and south of Highland Avenue, in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The subject property is located in San Martin, east of the Llagas Creek, with the Santa Teresa Hills to the northwest and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west.

 
Initial Study​ NOI
 

The public comment period starts on October 22, 2013 and ends on November 11, 2013. For further information, or to submit comments, please contact Priya Cherukuru at (408) 299-5787.

 

18 Woodacres Residence
(File #3720)
 

Description: The proposed project is a Building Site Approval with Architectural Review (BA), Grading Approval, and Design Review Exemption for the development of a new single-family residence and associated improvements on slopes greater than 30%. The project has also been exempted from the standard Design Review procedures because of its proposed location being “not visible from the valley floor,” in accordance with Section 3.20.040 of the County Zoning Ordinance. The property owner proposes to construct an approximately 5,000 square-foot single-family residence with an attached garage. The estimated grading quantities for the proposed project are approximately 2,000 cubic yards of cut and 850 cubic yards of fill onsite, and an additional of 400 cubic yards of cut and 50 cubic yards of fill for offsite road improvement.

 

Location: The subject property is a 1-acre parcel located at 18 Woodacres Road, Los Gatos, CA. The site is located approximately ½ mile south of Austin Way in the unincorporated area west of Monte Sereno.

 
Initial Study​ Site Plan NOI
 

The public comment period starts on July 19, 2013 and ends on August 7, 2013. For further information, or to submit comments, please contact Dave Rader

 

Shiloh Residence
(File #10136)
 

DescriptionThe proposed project is a Single Building Site and Grading Approval application for a 1,000 square foot single family residence with 200 square foot detached carport, 20,000 square foot covered horse arena, 6,533 square foot horse stable/barn, 840 square foot hay storage barn, and includes the existing 38,000 square foot open exercise arena and 1,200 square foot corral. Associated site improvements include a new septic system, driveway improvements, and horse trailer parking area. All proposed uses are for personal use and no commercial, industrial, or institutional uses are proposed. Grading for the project will include approximately 1,398 cubic yards of cut and 1,379 cubic yards of fill (total 2,777 cubic yards). No trees would be removed and no secondary dwelling is proposed.

 

Location: The subject property is a 12.3-acre parcel located on McKean Road, a County designated scenic road (-sr), west of Fortini Road and south of San Vicente Avenue, in the unincorporated County of Santa Clara. The subject property is located in the Almaden Valley, northwest of Calero Reservoir, with the Santa Teresa Hills to the east and Almaden Quicksilver County Park and the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west.

 
Initial Study​ Site Plan NOI
 

The public comment period starts on May 29, 2013 and ends on June 17, 2013. For further information, or to submit comments, please contact Kim Rook

 

Pickett General Plan Amendment
(File #1201)
 

Description: The General Plan Amendment proposal is to change the Land Use Plan designation for the subject property from “Hillside” to “Rural Residential.” The minimum lot size for purposes of subdivision would change from 20 acres to 5 acres under the new designation, thus changing the maximum allowed number of lots from three lots to 12 lots on the site.
If the General Plan Amendment proposal request is approved, the owners intend to apply to rezone then subdivide the property. For this reason, the Initial Study also considered the impacts of the reasonably foreseeable rezoning and subdivision, where those potential impacts were general to the site instead of dependent on design features of a proposed subdivision.

Location: A triangular-shaped lot at the junction of Uvas Road and Watsonville Road in the western foothills at the entrance to the Uvas Valley in southern Santa Clara County, west of San Martin and south of Morgan Hill.


Initial Study NOI
 

The public comment period starts on May 20, 2013 and ends on June 19, 2013. For further information, or to submit comments, please contact Steve Ross at (408) 299-5791.

 


Saratoga USA Retractions General Plan Amendment / Rezoning
(File #10354)
 

Description: The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) of Santa Clara County has approved three amendments to Saratoga’s Urban Service Area (USA). These amendments involve a retraction of the boundary of the USA to exclude lands from annexation consideration for a variety of reasons. The effective date of the urban service area retraction is June 30, 2013.

The action of LAFCO requires the County to assign a General Plan land use designation and a General Plan-compatible zoning designation to these lands, as required by State law. The County is proposing to apply Hillsides General Plan and Hillsides (HS) Zoning designations to these areas.

Location: The action of LAFCO affects three areas in the Saratoga foothills. (1) The On Orbit Drive area is a 92-acre area consisting of 27 Assessor Parcels located in the vicinity of On Orbit Drive. (2) The Orchard Meadow Drive area is a 37-acre area consisting of 23 Assessor Parcels located around Orchard Meadow Drive and south of Mount Eden Road. The third area consists of a portion of a single parcel located at 15748 West Road.

Initial Study NOI
 

The public comment period starts on April 3, 2013 and ends on April 23, 2013. For further information, or to submit comments, please contact Greg Bazhaw at (408) 299-5776.