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Matt Freeman, Assistant General Manager
The Santa Clara Valley Greenprint provides a roadmap to help navigate a difficult and changing landscape and make informed land use and conservation decisions that are also wise investments. Our ultimate goal is to achieve healthy, sustainable and livable communities well beyond the 21st Century.
The Valley Greenprint identifies the 10 highest priority areas for conservation—Conservation Focus Areas, such as the Baylands—that provide habitat for more than 500 species; and the Coyote Valley, which encompasses about 3,700 acres of active farmland and is a critical landscape linkage for wildlife movement between the Santa Cruz and Diablo Mountains.
Education and Urban Open Space
The Valley Greenprint proposes closing trail gaps and increasing recreation, as well as a neighborhood-focused approach to urban open space. Proposed projects include:
- Upper Penitencia Creek/East Foothills region
- Santa Teresa area
- Trails and greeenways to connect schools, parks and open spaces in underserved or transit-oriented communities
Demand is expected to exceed supply by 2035 (without significant investments in water supply reliability) and currently much of our water supply is polluted.
The Valley Greenprint prioritizes protecting land near rivers, lakes and streams, upstream of the Chesbro and Uvas reservoirs. Abundant rainfall percolates into the soil and is conveyed to streams and downstream reservoirs, replenishing precious drinking water supplies.
Development and urbanization has contributed to the decline of 147 special-status species, 24 of which are considered threatened or endangered.
The Valley Greenprint proposes the protection and restoration of habitat for rare and threatened biological communities Large open space areas will provide pathways for wildlife to travel across the landscape and avoid deadly barriers like fencing and roadways.
The County has lost 45 percent of its agricultural land to development years and only 27,000 acres remain in agricultural production.
The Valley Greenprint prioritizes protection of agricultural and ranchlands to sustain their economic viability. The southern part of the County, including the Coyote Valley, east and south of Gilroy, and the Pacheco Valley are priority areas.