The neighborhood association has been working to have the Open Space Authority acquire a 27 acre lot in the Santa Teresa Foothills. This particular lot is above Foothill Blvd., but there are multiple owners, which complicates the issue somewhat. One of the owners is interested in having the lot put into Open Space but the other is not decided yet. Both parties must be interested before the Open Space Authority will even consider the property.
After years of lobbying by the Santa Teresa Foothills Neighborhood Association, the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority recently voted to authorize their staff to begin negotiations with the owner of the Sanchez property for possible purchase.
Purchase of this property, which is located at the western end of the foothills near Miracle Mountain Drive, would be significant in terms of the long-term goal of preserving the natural landscape. It would be the first parcel acquired by the Open Space Authority in the Santa Teresa area, which would hopefully lead to additional purchases as other properties become available. In addition, the staff of the Open Space Authority is undertaking a comprehensive review of the Santa Teresa Foothills to identify those areas where the threat of future development is highest.