Category: LAFCo

farmland outside the Gilroy city limits

LAFCO Compromises on Protecting Gilroy Farmland

Should residential sprawl be allowed on farmland outside of Gilroy city limits? Santa Clara County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) considered this on August 2, and ultimately voted to allow development to proceed on approximately half of the proposed site. Unfortunately, this compromise still impacts Gilroy’s climate resilience, residents’ safety, and taxpayers’ wallets throughout the...


Wrap-up: CGF comment letters on Gilroy sprawl applications

(Going through files I remembered two comment letters we wrote on the now-defeated Gilroy sprawl applications that hadn’t been posted here. I’m adding them below. -Brian) Committee for Green Foothills’ continued opposition to all Gilroy Urban Service Area expansions 10/1/2009 Dear Planning Commission members, I regret that a scheduling conflict prevents me from attending tonight’s...


Audubon Society agrees with CGF criticism of LAFCO

We at CGF have noted that the failure of Santa Clara County LAFCO has reached a level so that we have “No confidence” in the organization. We’re not alone. The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society passed the following resolution: “To direct staff to draft correspondence to San Jose’s City Council, Mayor Chuck Reed, the County’s...


Comments on the LAFCO ag mitigation guidelines

We submitted the following comments -Brian————– Dear LAFCo Commissioners; Per the message below, the Committee for Green Foothills supports the LAFCo staff proposal on agricultural mitigation guidelines. We additionally support the Greenbelt Alliance position: That no less than one acre of farmland be protected for every acre paved over. That the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act definition of...


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