Project Planner: Cherise Orange
Project: The County Parks and Recreation Department (County Parks) has begun the planning process for the Coyote Highlands – Coyote Canyon properties that were acquired in 2016. An interim use plan will be developed to open the property to public access and address natural resource needs; which informs the interim use as well as any future master plan. A master plan will occur sometime in the future. The primary goal of the planning effort will be to investigate the properties to determine existing conditions, opportunities and constraints, and to present recommendations that facilitate opening the properties to public access immediately following plan adoption, ideally by Spring/Summer 2019. Draft documents will be posted on the County Parks website once available. Please check regularly for additional information.
Location: Located east of Morgan Hill, the properties are natural undeveloped areas in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The 2,753-acre acquisition provides a regionally significant ecological linkage, connecting north to Anderson Lake County Park, east to Henry Coe State Park, and Coyote Lake – Harvey Bear Ranch County Park to the south. Coyote Creek bisects the Coyote Canyon portion of the property.
Goals of the Planning Process
County Staff will complete an informative and fact-based investigation to determine the most suitable property access solution for the public while balancing natural resource management goals.
To support such, planning efforts will include:
- A Recommended Interim Public Access Plan
- A Development of Natural Resource Management Concepts (NRM Plan) that considers the long-term management and enhancement of natural resources with the properties
- A Grazing Plan that will use cattle to manage the habitat to enhance recreational experiences and habitats
- And, a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Document to allow immediate construction following final approval by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 the Interim Management Plan will be presented at the County of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Commission (PRC) meeting for initial comments and input. The meeting will be held at the Isaac Newton Auditorium in the County Civic Center
, 70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95113.
Additional opportunities for input will be available. County Parks will hold future meetings in Summer 2018.
Compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
County Parks will be reviewing the project for compliance with CEQA. It is anticipated that a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) will be prepared. The draft MND will be made available to the public for review and comment in Fall 2018.
Comments should be provided in writing via U.S. Mail, email, or by hand delivery.