VIDEO. San Mateo County Planning Commission meeting 9/23/2020.
The Robert and Julia Marsh family shares 600 acres with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) and Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST).
County File Number: PLN 2020-00236
BACKGROUND: The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) proposes to acquire a 54% interest in three properties which form South Cowell Ranch, APNs 066-280-050, west of Highway 1 and bisected by Verde Road, and 066-280-010 and 066-280-020, east of Highway 1. The proposal will result in MROSD’s 54% interest, 33% interest to Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), and 13% interest retained by the Marsh Family.
After purchase, the owners intend to apply for a subdivision to divide the parcels in a manner that would create a 371-acre parcel owned by MROSD, a 226-acre parcel owned by the Marsh Family, and a 2-acre parcel owned by POST. Most of the property between Verde Road and Highway 1 is intended for continued farming, and the properties west of Highway 1 for continued grazing.
The property east of Verde Road and 10 acres at the south portion between Verde Road and Highway 1 will be managed for conservation grazing, open space, habitat preservation, and future low intensity recreation. Any future development will require appropriate permits and review by relevant agencies.
Per California Government Code Section 65402, prior to acquisition of property, MROSD must request an analysis of the proposed acquisition’s conformity with the County General Plan.