On August 19, the Committee for Green Foothills’ board of directors voted unanimously to endorse Measure V, the Black Mountain Park Ballot Measure.
Located in the heart of San Carlos, the Black Mountain properties are approximately 25 acres of the last remaining open space within city limits. Black Mountain is home to an array of wildlife, trees and beautiful views of our area. It also offers the potential for tranquil walking paths, trails, recreation and park space, all easily accessible to residents. After a six month public outreach campaign, the San Carlos City Council voted unanimously this month to put a bond measure on the ballot to acquire the property.
The property is currently zoned for up to 100 homes and there is interest in the land from housing developers. This measure would enable the City of San Carlos to purchase Black Mountain and create a public park, preventing it from being developed for homes.
Specifically, the Black Mountain Park Ballot Measure (Measure V) would:
- Permanently protect some of the last remaining undeveloped residential areas and open space in San Carlos.
- Provide tranquil walking paths, trails and recreation in a public park.
- Protect a local water source.
- Ensure local control of Black Mountain forever–an important legacy we can leave for future generations.
- Establish a volunteer citizens committee that will be appointed to hold an open, public process to finalize plans for the new Black Mountain Park. There will also be independent citizens oversight of spending to ensure funds are spent as promised.
Measure V will appear on the November 3, 2015 all-mail ballot for registered voters in San Carlos. It needs 66.7% of the vote to pass.
To get involved or learn more about the campaign, please see: www.saveblackmountain.org