Proposed Property Purchase to create the Cloverdale Ranch Open Space Preserve


SCH Number
Public Agency
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Document Title
Proposed Property Purchase to create the Cloverdale Ranch Open Space Preserve
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (District) project consists of a purchase of 5,100-acres and a lease and management of 1,200-acres of the 6,300-acre Uplands portion of POST’s Cloverdale Ranch property, located in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County, as an addition to the District’s open space preserve system.? The project includes the adoption of a PUMP for the approximately 6,300-acre Uplands that establishes a status quo land management approach, with no expansion or changes to the Uplands existing uses, which includes limited public access, agricultural uses, and natural habitat.??

Contact Information

Aaron Peth
Agency Name
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Job Title
Real Property Planner III
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Francisco Bay Area, Unincorporated
Other Location Info
Cloverdale Ranch Uplands property, located along Cloverdale, Gazos Creek, Bean Hollow and Pescadero Roads and the Cabrillo Highway, in unincorporated San Mateo County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15316, and 15325
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15301 exempts the repair, maintenance, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency’s determination. The PUMP will maintain the Property as status quo with no expansion to its existing use as open space. The PUMP includes repair and maintenance of the existing infrastructure as necessary, as well as maintenance of or minor alterations to the property for wildland fuel management and other natural resource management activities in accordance with the District’s adopted policies and programs and their associated CEQA documents. Section 15316 exempts the acquisition of land in order to create parks if the land is in a natural condition and the management plan proposes to keep the area in a natural condition. The PUMP specifies that the land will remain in a natural condition and will be designated as Cloverdale Ranch Open Space Preserve. Section 15325 exempts transfers of ownership of interests in land in order to preserve open space. This acquisition will transfer fee ownership of the Property to the District to be preserved as open space and incorporate it into Cloverdale Ranch Open Space Preserve.
County Clerk
San Mateo


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