The City's General Plan has for decades included several conditions designed to ensure that development within the City occurs when and where it makes sense. Pro-development forces are suggesting abandoning these conditions, also called "development triggers," in their rush to pave over Coyote Valley.
Please ask the City of San Jose and the Coyote
Valley Task Force to ensure that if they must develop Coyote Valley (which
CGF opposes), that
they follow the city's General Plan.
We consider the General Plan triggers to be, if anything, too lenient in allowing development to proceed. Unfortunately, in an effort to push through development of Coyote Valley, Mayor Gonzales and others have signaled that they intend to abandon these General Plan triggers.
Why this is important
Development of Coyote Valley would destroy thousands of acres of farmland and lead to further sprawl in Santa Clara County and beyond. As it is currently proceeding, this development - planned to be the size of the city of Mountain View - would also significantly worsen traffic and exacerbate the jobs-housing imbalance.
Coyote Valley is one of the last vestiges of Santa Clara County's agricultural heritage. CGF has been fighting off plans to develop this gorgeous valley for more than three decades now.
And, of course, the triggers identified in the General Plan are designed to promote sound development when and where it is needed. Ignoring them now in a rush to pave the valley will create long-term problems for the entire region.
1. Speak up!
Send your comments to:
Request that your letter be distributed to the entire Coyote Valley Specific Plan Task Force.
As always, please send a copy to us so we can
track the efficacy of our work: Fax (650) 968-8431 or action@GreenFoothills.org.
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