The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department (County Parks Department) is in the process of preparing the Sanborn County Park Master Plan. Sanborn County Park (Park) is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between the city of Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. This 3,453-acre mountainous park of redwoods and tan bark oaks offers hiking and biking on multi-use trails as well as tent and RV camping, and year-round picnicking opportunities.
Project Update on the Sanborn Master Plan
The County Parks Department (Department) is continuing its work on the Sanborn Master Plan (Plan). Since the last project update in April, the Department has received the consultant’s traffic analysis and engaged the Roads and Airports Department for input. The Park infrastructure study is nearing completion. Department Staff has reviewed a native wildlife park proposal for the former Christmas Tree farm site and has been in communication with its advocates regarding next steps.
The Department hopes to hold a public meeting within the next 2-3 months, following analysis of the additional studies, to discuss draft design recommendations with the community.
At this time, no final recommendations or decisions regarding the Sanborn Master Plan have been made. Additionally, once final recommendations or decisions are determined, the Department will fully analyze final Plan recommendations including traffic, safety and other impacts, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
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Why is the County Parks Department preparing the Master Plan?
The County Parks Department initially undertook a feasibility study for an aging building in the north end of the park; the Welch Hurst house; with the intent of identifying how to best protect and/or restore the building and to make better use of the property. Realizing that the building could not be studied in isolation of other Park features, the determination was made to expand the scope to include the Dyer House and the Christensen Nursery site. Around this same time, the Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMB) presented a proposal to the County’s Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC) to convert the former Christmas tree farm site into a family mountain bike park. In recent months, the County Parks Department decided to take a holistic master planning approach for the entire Park, with the intent of formulating a long-term vision for the whole of Sanborn, rather than looking at each area in isolation.
What is a Master Plan?
The Master Plan will be a guiding document that will present a series of development, management and design recommendations for the Park, including specific features like the Welch Hurst House, the Christensen Nursery site, the Dyer House, and the former Christmas tree farm. The Master Plan will consider the long-term feasibility of a variety of potential uses and design solutions, including their market viability and future partnership opportunities, environmental benefits or impacts, contribution to visitor services, and revenue generating potential. The ultimate recommendations of the plan will ensure that all uses fit appropriately into the natural setting and character of the Park.
As part of the Master Plan process, the County Parks Department will:
- Consider biological and cultural resources that are present in the Park;
- Analyze the existing utility infrastructure (water, wastewater, electricity) relative to potential park improvements;
- Meet with various stakeholders, agency staff, and the County Parks and Recreation Commission; and
- Conduct public meetings.
A possible component of the Master Plan, currently being evaluated by the County Parks Department, is a potential family mountain bike park proposed at the former Christmas tree farm site. As mountain biking is a recreational activity that has been increasing in popularity for many years, it the responsibility of the Department to consider and appropriately address the diverse recreational needs of the community, while simultaneously protecting and preserving our natural and cultural resources.
What about trails?
Compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
In addition to the Master Plan, the County Parks Department will be reviewing the project for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Once preferred recommendations are selected, a Project Description will be developed and the environmental review phase of the project can begin, including public review and comment.
As part of the Master Plan development process, the County Parks Department held a public meeting on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Joan Pisani Community Center in Saratoga.
Public Meeting Details
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Joan Pisani Community Center
19655 Allendale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
Sanborn Workshop Agenda
To provide comments or for more information, please contact:
Kimberly Brosseau, Senior Planner
Santa Clara County Parks
298 Garden Hill Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032-7669
Phone: (408) 355-2230
Comments should be provided in writing via U.S. Mail, email, or by hand delivery.* Draft documents will be posted on the website once available. Please check website regularly for additional information.