On August 20, 2002, the City Council, in keeping with the planning process set forth in the San Jose 2020 General Plan for the Coyote Valley Urban Reserve, initiated the Coyote Valley Specific Plan process by approving a 20-member Task Force. The Task Force, under the leadership of co-chairs Mayor Ron Gonzales and Council member Forrest Williams, was directed to guide the preparation of a comprehensive and practical plan for the future of Coyote Valley. The Task Force held its first meeting on September 10, 2002.
The Coyote Valley Specific Plan is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious and exciting planning opportunities ever undertaken in San Jose. It is a prerequisite to any development in the Coyote Valley Urban Reserve, and as such a critical component of San Jose's future. Consistent with state law, the Coyote Valley Specific Plan process includes the ability to plan land uses in detail, determine infrastructure and community services, formulate financing and implementation programs, and phase the implementation of any of the plan elements as necessary. The process also includes the participation of affected jurisdictions, property owners, developers, and other community and regional stakeholders.
The Coyote Valley contains significant biological resources and habitat, some of which are officially listed as special status species by the U.S. Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game. In light of this biodiversity, the development of the Coyote Valley Specific Plan is being carefully coordinated with the various wildlife agencies. The preparation of the Coyote Valley Specific Plan presents a unique opportunity for the City and interested stakeholders to make smart decisions about the future of the Valley, including a commitment to maintaining the southerly greenbelt in perpetuity.
Click here for the 8-20-02 City Council Memo on the Coyote Valley Specific Plan Initiation
Click here for excerpts from the San Jose 2020 General Plan on the Coyote Valley Specific Plan
Click here for memo from Mayor Ron Gonzales and council member Forrest Williams on the Coyote Valley Urban Reserve triggers for developing specific plan dated November 20, 2001
Click here for staff report on amendment of the General Plan text to modify the purpose of Urban Reserve triggers applicable to Coyote Valley (2001 Fall Annual Review)