San Jose’s wide-open Coyote Valley has been saved from imminent development so many times that if it were a person, it would have whiplash.

This time could be the charm. The plan announced Thursday by the the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority and the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) is to devote $80 million, largely from private and foundation fundraising, to preserve at least 1,000 acres in the Coyote Valley — a wildlife corridor at San Jose’s southern edge that now links a total of 1.1 million acres of natural habitat in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range.

The down payment on the plan is POST’s recent purchase of 30 acres for $5.8 million in North Coyote Valley, where a company wanted to build a huge warehouse distribution center. With 72 truck docks, it would have brought a steady stream of tractor trailers through the valley.

The Open Space Authority’s Coyote Valley initiative takes open space preservation here to a new level. The right level.

The only sure way to preserve open space or farmland is to buy it or buy the development rights. City planning policies are only as good as the next mayor and council majority. And while …read more

Source:: East Bay – Science

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