Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range, the Coyote Valley spans over 7,400 acres. It is the stretch of flat land south of urban San Jose and north of Morgan Hill west of Highway 101.
North Coyote Valley has been designated by San Jose for future industrial development for decades, but due to a combination of community opposition and economic conditions, this 1,400-acre area has remained mostly undeveloped farmland. Now, however, sprawling development proposals are beginning to appear again.
A proposal for a warehouse/distribution center on 30 acres of land in North Coyote Valley is currently under environmental review by the City of San Jose. The project includes loading docks for 72 semitrailer trucks, suggesting that potentially hundreds of daily truck trips could be generated from this site. The project is expected to come up for approval by the City Council sometime in 2017.
In April 2016, 570-acre site of Cisco’s proposed former “Coyote Valley Research Park” industrial campus had been sold to a local development company. No announcement of what is planned for this site has yet been released, but the site is designated for industrial development.
Why This Is Important
Water. Much of our drinking water comes from underground aquifers, which is replenished when rainwater soaks into the soil. Coyote Valley is one of the few places left in the county where this groundwater recharge can occur. Coyote Valley also absorbs rainwater that would otherwise flow into Coyote Creek and increase the risk of flooding in San Jose neighborhoods.
Wildlife. Because it is relatively undeveloped and the closest point between the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west and the Diablo Range to the east, it forms a crucial wildlife corridor for animals from mountain lions to badgers, as well as providing habitat for several rare bird species.
Local Food. Coyote Valley could serve as a crucial source of fresh produce. In addition to the invaluable ecosystem services provided by Coyote Valley, the 7,400 acres of agricultural land could eventually generate $50 million per year and benefit San Jose by providing access to fresh, sustainable produce.
Our Goal: is the permanent protection of Coyote Valley’s environmental resources.
For More Information or to Get Involved: contact our Legislative Advocates Alice Kaufman at [email protected]
The Latest News:
- Join Us in Speaking Up for Coyote Valley (3/21/17)
- Packed Meeting & CEQA Process Launched (10/21/16)
- Coyote Valley Under Threat (Summer 2016 Green Footnotes)
- Cover Story on Sprawl in S. County (2/12/16)
- Update on Coyote Valley Distribution Center (2/10/16)
- CGF letter to San Jose Planning staff (1/4/16)
For information on the history of development in Coyote Valley, please see our Coyote Valley History page.