The plan for Young Ranch supports the goals of the regional open space
and habitat advocates, including species protection, resource conservation,
habitat management, research and education.
DRAFT EIR REPORT
LOCATION & SETTING
Young Ranch is located within the Coyote Ridge area of southeastern Santa Clara Valley, just one mile east of Highway 101, near the 101/State Route 85 interchange. Part of the property is located in unincorporated Santa Clara County, including all land proposed for a residential community. The other portion of the Ranch, where no development will occur, is located within the City of San Jose, outside the City’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), or Greenline. The Coyote Ridge has also been identified as a critical priority area in the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan (SCVHP). The SCVHP is a long range plan to protect and enhance ecological diversity in Santa Clara County, while allowing for current and future development. The serpentine habitat located here is particularly critical to the protection of the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (BCB), the cornerstone species of the SCVHP.
The Ranch is within minutes of Edenvale, one of the City’s major economically growing areas and near a mix of existing office, parks
and residential communities.
THE VISION FOR YOUNG RANCH
Young Ranch was used primarily for grazing cattle over the last four decades. YCS Investments, the current owners of Young Ranch, submitted an application to the County of Santa Clara for a Conservation Community in December 2014 after seven years of extensive research and study of the property and its habitat. The application includes a comprehensive 674 acre conservation plan for the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (BCB) and other wildlife and plant species, coupled with approximately 203 acres dedicated to a rural residential community.
Young Ranch will set aside over 90% of the total property acreage into a "Preserve", and within this Preserve area, 674 acres of sensitive habitat of the threatened BCB. The community is designed to honor the site’s ranching heritage and California grassland landscape while taking advantage of the views and setting to create a strong connection to the land. The design of all buildings and landscaping will reflect the region’s architectural and design traditions while preserving and incorporating environmentally significant characteristics of the site.