Protecting our natural habitats and
General Plan includes protection for special natural areas. Among these are portions of the once vast
serpentine grassland with many rare and endangered species which was severed by
the construction of I-280. This grassland
includes several areas designated as open space in the General Plan. Kite Hill in the Glens, Flax Hill (the 22 acre “Wildflower Reserve” on the other
side of I-280) and a one acre site adjacent to Barkley Fields. The Town pushed Caltrans to preserve the 22 acres after the construction
of I-280. KIte Hill was preserved during the subdivision that now includes the Jane Drive extension and Lindenbrook Court. This subdivision approved while I was a Planning Commissioner, also included the dedication of the Joan Olson Open Space.
Contrary to the General Plan and deed restrictions, the one acre Town owned parcel next to Barkley Fields
has been designated by the current Town Council as the site of 10 housing units.
We should not sacrifice this important grassland.