UPDATE: San Jose to vote on Habitat Plan Jan. 29

Post updated on 1/15/13.

Following multiple delays, the San Jose City Council is set to vote on the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan on Tuesday, January 29.

The Plan has already been approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Santa Clara Valley Water District, City of Gilroy, City of Morgan Hill, and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. San Jose is the last remaining partner that needs to approve the Plan for it to be adopted.

Urge San Jose to vote YES on the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan by submitting letters to City Council Members and attending the council meeting on January 29!

The result of this vote will be the culmination of a decade-long process. The Habitat Conservation Plan will permanently protect 46,000 acres of vital wildlife habitat while directing urban growth to happen within existing cities and towns. If adopted, this policy would be a huge boon for the preservation of Santa Clara County’s natural landscapes.

To learn more about the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan, visit habitatconservationnow.org.

2 Comments on “UPDATE: San Jose to vote on Habitat Plan Jan. 29

  1. “The Habitat Conservation Plan will permanently protect 46,000 acres of vital wildlife habitat while directing urban growth to happen within existing cities and towns”
    -This means to me that you are sentencing all new residents to live only in apartment buildings without a choice. Of course you will stay in your million dollar family homes with your own yards. Nice, I want to own a house like that too, but I can’t afford it from an engineer’s salary in the Silicon Valley as the land preservation floats housing prices above my reach. Preserving everything for yourselves and not sharing anything with newcomers seems to be your plan. People living in urban apartments don’t have the same quality of environment and life as you have in your houses. I grew up in an apartment building in Europe and hated it, so I would move into a normal house as soon as possible. Based on your plan it will always be impossible for people in my generation. You must allow to build new homes in both forms: urban as well as suburban (on farm land), BOTH are needed. If land preservation is for “quality of life”, then you are not achieving your goal, at least not for everyone, for some the effect is the opposite.

    “If adopted, this policy would be a huge boon for the preservation of Santa Clara County’s natural landscapes.”
    – You mean “If adopted, this policy would be a huge boon for the preservation of Santa Clara County’s HOME MARKET PRICES.”?

  2. Hello,

    I help teach a class in Environmental Science at the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies, De Anza College. Thank you for publicizing the HCP related meeting. However, I could not find the agenda item on the San Jose City’s Master Calendar website. Can you please give me more information on this meeting (time and place) so I can pass it on to my class? Thanks!

    Appreciating your good work,
    Neela Srinivasan

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