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Joseph D. Grant County Park Master Plan Amendment

Published on: 2/16/2021 8:57 AM
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Joseph D. Grant County Park 

Project Planner: Kimberly Brosseau, Senior Planner

Contact: kimberly.brosseau@prk.sccgov.org; (408) 355-2230

 


PAST PRESENTATIONS | E-BLAST | CEQA​

 
Background

In 2018, the Department began the planning process for the Joseph D. Grant County Park Master Plan Amendment. The existing Park Master Plan was approved in 1993, several decades before the acquisition of the Sulphur Springs Ranch property. The Master Plan Amendment will provide planning recommendations to facilitate opening the Sulphur Springs Ranch area, including identifying areas for public use, such as trails, service roads, parking, staging, and backpack camping. 

The Joseph D. Grant County Park Master Plan Amendment was approved by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on January 26, 2021. The approved Joseph D. Grant County Park Master Plan Amendment is available here.

The Park provides 51 miles of hiking trails (with 46 of the total 51 miles also open to equestrians and 41 of the 51 miles open to mountain bikes), offers several campgrounds, and serves as the setting for adventure races as well as astronomy, historic interpretive, and other events.​

Location

Located near Mount Hamilton on the east side of the Diablo Range, Joseph D. Grant County Park (Park) is the largest county park or recreation area in the county park system. The 2012 acquisition of the 1,155-acre Sulphur Springs Ranch property southeast of the existing park boundaries expanded the overall acreage of the park to just under 11,000 acres. 

Goals of the Master Plan Amendment

  • Connect Sulphur Springs Ranch to existing parkland.
  • Amend the backcountry campsites from the 1993 Master Plan.
  • Consider adding a backcountry toilet at a backpack campsite.
 
Compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

The IS/MND for the Joseph D. Grant County Park Master Plan Amendment was circulated for a 30-day public review period beginning September 14, 2020 and ending October 14, 2020. The document was also submitted to the California State Clearinghouse (SCH#2020090249).

The Department filed a Notice of Determination with the County of Santa Clara Office of the Clerk-Recorder on January 29, 2021.

The Final Revised Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on January 26, 2021 and is available here.



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