Looking down from grassy hill across green Laguna Seca basin with some pools of water, trees and golden hillsides in the distance under a blue sky

North Coyote Valley Conservation Area

A science and community-based planning process to establish a unique open space preserve

The Open Space Authority is responsible for managing, stewarding, and opening almost 1,000 acres of open space in North Coyote Valley. Alongside key partners, Peninsula Open Space Trust and the City of San José, the Authority will lead a science and community-based planning process to establish a unique open space preserve and regional destination of statewide and national significance that preserves the environment, connects people to nature, and provides lasting climate resilience.

The Plan will guide the future use and management of the North Coyote Valley Conservation Area, and will serve as a blueprint to implement the Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage Vision and achieve the floodplain preservation goals of San Jose’s 2018 Measure T. This community-based planning process is a significant opportunity to create a public asset, designed with nature, with an emphasis on interconnection, inclusion, and resilience. By engaging partners, stakeholders, and residents in the Santa Clara Valley throughout the planning process, together we can play a meaningful role in restoring this vital landscape for nature and people.

Elements of the Plan

Recognizing its many conservation values and unique location as an essential landscape linkage connecting over one million acres of open space in the Santa Cruz and Diablo Range Mountains, the North Coyote Valley Conservation Area planning process will take a holistic approach to integrate the key elements outlined below, within context of the greater Coyote Valley, into a comprehensive Plan.
  • Floodplain Restoration
  • Habitat Restoration and Wildlife Connectivity
  • Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Health, Wellness, and Nature-based Recreation
  • Economic Development Opportunities
  • Ongoing Robust Engagement of Diverse Communities and Youth

Engage in THE Planning Process

The Authority wants to engage diverse communities throughout its jurisdiction in the planning process. Join our mailing list if you would like to receive project updates with opportunities to get involved.


What could a restored landscape look like?

Watercolor illustration of a restored North Coyote Valley with butterflies, raptors, deer, blackbirds, flowers, grasses, and woman watching through binoculars