County Supervisors Act to Save Hillsides, Protect Open Space
This week, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to protect the hillsides and surrounding habitat bordering Lehigh Cement Plant & Quarry by taking the first step to grant shared enforcement rights associated with a 1972 preservation easement to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen). County Supervisors Joe Simitian (District Five) and Otto Lee (District Three) championed the proposal.
“There can be no doubt as to the importance of protecting our hillsides. The public clearly values them both for the viewshed they provide (as both an economic and aesthetic matter), and their inherent habitat value,” continued Simitian. “By partnering with Midpen, we strengthen the County’s effort to protect the hillside, more efficiently use public resources, and preserve a significant public asset.”