The neighborhood association has been working to have the Open
Space Authority acquire a 27 acre lot in the Santa Teresa Foothills.
This particular lot is above Foothill Blvd., but there are multiple
owners, which complicates the issue somewhat. One of the owners is
interested in having the lot put into Open Space but the other is not
decided yet. Both parties must be interested before the Open Space
Authority will even consider the property.
After years of lobbying by the Santa Teresa Foothills Neighborhood
Association, the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara County Open
Space Authority recently voted to authorize their staff to begin
negotiations with the owner of the Sanchez property for possible
Purchase of this property, which is located at the western end of
the foothills near Miracle Mountain Drive, would be significant in
terms of the long-term goal of preserving the natural landscape. It
would be the first parcel acquired by the Open Space Authority in the
Santa Teresa area, which would hopefully lead to additional purchases
as other properties become available. In addition, the staff of the
Open Space Authority is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Santa
Teresa Foothills to identify those areas where the threat of future
development is highest.