San Bruno Mountain Watch working on PCA for SSF including Sign Hill

South San Francisco, Ca  February 11, 2015         Submitted by SFPOSC      

UPDATE ON THE PRIORITY CONSERVATION AREA

By Del Schembari, Boardmember San Bruno Mountain Watch &                                             Member of Friends of Sign Hill

San Bruno Mountain Watch (Mountain Watch) is currently working with City of South San Francisco (SSF) staff to include areas of SSF in a Priority Conservation Area (PCA)–a state grant program. Areas chosen for inclusion must be approved by the SSF city council.  Of added importance is that areas chosen are more likely to be approved for non-state grants. So far the areas included are public transportation corridors (BART, SamTrans, CalTrain, etc), El Camino Real and the Bay Trail to South Sign Hill and San Bruno Mountain.

The PCA is a non-regulatory program that does not conflict with the numerous Planned Development Areas, zoning, or building rights now planned in SSF.  Private property can be added to this non-binding program. In the interest of full disclosure Mountain Watch would like to keep landowners informed of this process.  It is unlikely that the SFF city council would include parcels whose owners object to the process.

The Parcel Map shows the lots currently owned by Developers; 012 351 020, 012 351 030, 012 351 050

The Parcel Map shows the lots currently owned by Developers; 012 351 020, 012 351 030, 012 351 050

In this vein, Mountain Watch  is working with the owners of the North Sign Hill private parcels, has informed them of this PCA process and are attempting to gain their buy in.  In fact, the eastern parcel representative has stated that one of two owners there is interested in the PCA. Mountain Watch  will speak with the western parcel land owner this week. SSF planning staff and city manager have kindly granted Mountain Watch a two-week delay in the scheduled council meeting for a vote on the PCA.

The fact that the Paradise Valley open space areas south, and above Sister Cities and Hillside Boulevard, are private has been unknown to many in our community.  Since the eastern Sign Hill parcels are currently for sale it is imperative to perform due diligence to include these parcels in the PCA.  Mountain Watch’s vision is to keep the rare North Sign Hill habitat open space forever!

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Please contact our South San Francisco City Council encouraging them to include our all of our SIGN HILL in the PCA by emailing them HERE.

                                                                         

 

1 comment for “San Bruno Mountain Watch working on PCA for SSF including Sign Hill

  1. Alvaro Bettucchi
    February 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    609 Rocca Avenue
    Sign Hill should be a Historical Site, covered by the State of California. It’s an important landmark of our city and should always remain so.

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