Johnston Ranch Uplands Acquisition Notice of Exemption

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SCH Number
Public Agency
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Document Title
Johnston Ranch Uplands Acquisition Notice of Exemption
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Notice of Exemption for the acquisition of Johnston Ranch Uplands as an addition to Miramontes Ridge Open Space Preserve. The project consists of a lease and management and eventual purchase of the 644-acre Uplands portion of POST's Johnston Ranch property, as an addition to the District's open space preserve system. The project includes the adoption of a Preliminary Use and Management Plan (PUMP) for the 644-acre Uplands that establishes a status quo land management approach, with no expansion or changes to its existing uses of agricultural lands and natural habitat at this time.

Contact Information

Elish Ryan
Agency Name
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Mateo
San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets
Higgins Canyon Road
Parcel #
Assessor's Parcel Numbers 064-370-110, 064-370-120, the north and east portion of 064-370-200, a

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15325
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15301 exempts the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond the existing uses. The PUMP will maintain the Uplands property as status quo with no expansion or changes to its existing uses as agricultural and open space lands, complying with the District's adopted Service Plan for the Coastal Annexation Area, the District's adopted Resource Management Policies, Integrated Pest Management Program Guidance Manual, Wildland Fire Resiliency Program, the mitigation measures adopted pursuant to Final Environmental Impact Reports of the cited plans and policies, the District's Open Space Maintenance and Restoration Program and Mitigated Negative Declaration, and regulatory permits as applicable. The PUMP includes minor erosion control work as necessary, minor road and trail maintenance, minor wildland fuel management, and minor natural resource management activities. Section 15325 (a) acquisition or transfer of ownership to preserve existing natural conditions, including plant and animal habitats, (b) acquisition or transfer of ownership to allow continued agricultural uses, and (f) acquisition or transfer of ownership to preserve open space. The proposed purchase will transfer ownership of the Uplands to the District to ensure that its existing natural conditions will be preserved, will allow for the existing agricultural and grazing uses to continue, and preserve the Uplands as part of the District's Miramontes Ridge Open Space Preserve.
County Clerk
San Mateo


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