Despite the economic downturn, the city seems determined to support a massive development that would put a de facto city larger than Morgan Hill and Gilroy in Coyote Valley, fueling sprawl elsewhere and destroying over 2,000 acres of agricultural land.
The entire process appears to be rushed, in an apparent effort to give control over Coyote Valley development to the current City Council and Mayor. This unjustified rush does not excuse inadequate environmental review. San Jose residents, their neighbors and reviewing agencies need to understand the effects of Coyote Valley development.
Unfortunately, these plans are in direct opposition to the "smart growth" model purported to be a central goal of the City's planning for Coyote Valley. The failure by the City to properly address housing demand and agricultural protection are particularly significant shortcomings.
What CGF's doing
Earlier this month, Committee for Green Foothills and three other conservation groups wrote San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and the Coyote Valley Task Force to insist that the forthcoming Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process fulfill its legal obligations to discuss all environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives.
Rather than endorsing the overall wisdom of planning development in Coyote Valley, our collaborative efforts are aimed at ensuring that the EIR addresses the problems of sprawl and loss of agricultural land.
Together with Greenbelt Alliance, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club, we asked the Mayor and the Task Force to consider alternatives that balance housing supply with future job creation and preserve agricultural lands in Coyote Valley.
If San Jose is to meet its commitment to consider methods to minimize sprawl impacts, this must be addressed. We urged the City to ensure that the alternative proposals considered in the EIR must both plan for and meet all the housing demand generated by industrial development in Coyote Valley.
1. Speak up: Ask for a smart process
Please specifically mention your support of the requests of the July 12 letter from our environmental coalition.
Send your comments to:
Request that your letter be distributed to the
entire Coyote Valley Specific Plan Task Force. And as always, please send
a copy to us so we can track the efficacy of our work: Fax (650) 968-8431
2. Learn more...
Read the June 2004 Metro
article, "Why is the Mercury News calling the city's vision
for Coyote Valley sustainable when it isn't?"
Read our August 2001 newsletter article about CGF's campaign opposing Cisco's development in Coyote Valley.
Read our March 2004 newsletter article
about CGF's work in southern Santa Clara County.
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