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Sanborn County Park Master Plan

Published on: 11/30/2018 11:31 AM
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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 (November 29, 2018)

The County Parks Department (Department) is pleased to announce that the Draft Sanborn County Park Master Plan document is now complete and will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30pm.  More information on the Commission meeting, including the staff report and the Draft Master Plan document, can be found at:

The Department’s consultant team is concluding work on a Traffic Study and a Mitigated Negative Declaration to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and anticipates circulation of the draft for public review in January 2019.   

The following is a tentative timeline for the remainder of the Sanborn Master Plan process:*

  1. Draft Master Plan to Parks and Recreation Commission public meeting – December 5, 2018
  2. Circulation of Mitigated Negative Declaration for public review – January 2019
  3. Board of Supervisors sub-committee (HLUET) public meeting – March 2019
  4. Board of Supervisors public meeting (Approval of Master Plan and CEQA document) – April 2019
  5. Plan implementation – ongoing 

* Timing shown in italics is an estimate only and may change due to a variety of circumstances​

October 23, 2018

March 15, 2018
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.
What about trails?
A Trails Master Plan for Sanborn County Park was approved in 2008. More information on the Trails Master Plan can be found under Plans & Projects (
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.

Public Meetings
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​

PowerPoint Presentation​

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.

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