Bay Area Vipassana Center (BAVC)


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Clara County
Document Title
Bay Area Vipassana Center (BAVC)
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
The General Plan designation of this parcel is Hillsides, and the zoning is Hillside – scenic road (HS-sr).
Document Description
The subject property is in a rural area of the unincorporated Santa Clara County, outside of the Urban Service Area, in the southern area of Gilroy (See Figure 1A – Project Location). The site is accessed from both El Matador Drive and the intersection of Redwood Retreat Rd. and El Matador Dr. The site is surrounded by rural single family residential homes to the northeast, southeast, and south of the subject site. East of the site is an open field and west is residential. Agricultural use can be found approximately 400 feet north of the project site. The project site is located more than a one-quarter mile from the nearest school. The site is relatively flat within the eastern half of the property, then inclines steeply towards the west. Most, if not all, of the proposed development will occur in clusters within the eastern half of the parcel, which covers approximately 10 acres of the 54.59-acre site. Little Arthur Creek is located approximately 400 feet north of the property, and the property is located within the coverage area of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan (SCVHP), specifically in the area where rural development equal to or greater than two acres are covered under the Habitat Plan. The property is not under a Williamson Act contract.

Contact Information

Valerie Negrete
Agency Name
County of Santa Clara Planning Department
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

David Faria
Agency Name
MH Engineering
Job Title
Project Applicant
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Santa Clara
Northern California
Cross Streets
Watsonville Road
Total Acres
54.59 acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Little Arthur Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 17
Development Types
Commercial (camp and retreat)(Sq. Ft. 53260, Acres 54.59, Employees 12)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Biological Resources, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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