Thursday
April
24
2014
3:10 pm
Weather
  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Open space vote tonight: Extra money from sale of San Juan Canyon lots could preserve more open space in Belmont Hills
September 10, 2013, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal

Most of the 35-acre city-owned San Juan Hills property in Belmont will likely be preserved as open space if the council votes in that direction tonight but Councilwoman Coralin Feierbach wants to make sure the action will protect the land forever from development by future councils.

Feierbach also wants the extra income generated from the sale of about two developable acres in the hilly area to be set aside to purchase even more land in the Skymont area to preserve it as open space.

The city bought the property by taking out a $1.5 million loan in 2009 and is currently under contract to sell about eight acres of it to potential buyer Shikui Chen for a little more than $2 million.

Feierbach wants the extra $500,000 generated from the sale to go toward purchasing more open space land in the Skymont area and/or to use the money to improve Marsten Avenue.

“I don’t think this money should be spent outside of that area,” she told the Daily Journal Monday.

She also wants to know what degree of legal protection the land will have if it is designated open space as compared to parkland.

The property has a total of 87 plots included in the purchase that the city bid on in an auction held by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Much of the property is on steep slopes and is considered undevelopable and the remainder of the open space will be connected to Belmont’s trail system in the hills. About 22 acres are actually suitable to develop on Bishop Road and Marsten and Ralston avenues, according to city staff.

Chen plans to build three homes on the two acres on Bishop Road and preserve the other six acres as open space, according to city staff.

Feierbach’s main concern is that a future council does not undo all the work councils in the past have made to permanently protect the canyon lands.

The Belmont City Council meets 7:30 p.m., tonight, City Hall, 1 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont.

silverfarb@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 106

 

 

Tags: space, acres, wants, property, council, feierbach,


Other stories from today:

Broadway By the Bay gets new head
Pair charged with San Mateo robbery murder
Officials launch crime-fighting phone app
 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
Do you support a land swap between the city of San Carlos and the elementary school district so the Charter Learning Center could be built on North Crestview?

Yes
No
Not sure

 

 
Tabbed Structure - Regular
 
 
 
 
 
 
Light showers, possible hail arriving tonight
Bay Area residents should expect rainy weather to arrive tonight and continue through the weekend, b..
Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
JERUSALEM — Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brin..
Paul McCartney to close Candlestick Park with farewell concert in August
Music legend Paul McCartney will perform the final concert at San Francisco's soon-to-be-demolished ..
FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
WASHINGTON — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and requ..
Man, 84, arrested for shooting at Daly City medical facility
Police in Daly City have arrested an 84-year-old man in connection with a shooting at a medical cent..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
Redwood Shores news