Alpine Pond

By law, the District is required to notice the public regarding projects that meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) standard for public notification. The District also notifies the public about meetings where the public can learn and comment on projects or items of District Business.

CEQA Notices

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration: Interim Coastal Area Office

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) of 1970, as amended (Public Resources Code 21,000, et sec.) public notice is hereby given that an Initial Study and Negative Declaration (IS/ND) have been prepared for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s (Midpen's) Interim Coastal Area Office at La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve.

The project is located on the south side of Highway 84 approximately two miles west of the Town of La Honda. The site is part of the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, and is separated from the rest of the preserve by the highway. Private properties border the site to the west and east, and San Gregorio Creek forms the southern boundary.

The purpose of the Project is to continue use of the existing building and grounds as an interim Coastal Area Office for Midpen staff, and a staging area for contractors working on projects in Midpen preserves in Coastal San Mateo County. Other existing uses (e.g. equestrian parking by permit, occasional ranching activities by Midpen conservation grazing tenant and permitted equestrian activities) will continue. No ground disturbance is proposed as part of the project; the only physical changes to the site will be removal of two existing grandstands and possible installation of additional timed security lighting.

Public comments regarding the correctness, completeness or adequacy of the IS/ND are invited. Copies of the Notice of Intent and IS/ND are available for public review from Friday, May 22, 2020 to Monday, June 22, 2020. Electronic copies are available here:

Notice of Intent

Initial Study and Negative Declaration

Copies of the above documents are also available on the State Clearinghouse CEQAnet Web Portal. Public comments must be received on or before June 22, 2020. Such comments should be based on specific environmental concerns. Please send comments to:

Aaron Peth, Planner III
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
330 Distel Circle
Los Altos, CA 94022

For additional information regarding this IS/ND, please contact Aaron Peth at 650-691-1200.

Notice of Preparation of a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed Wildland Fire Resiliency Program

On April 27, 2020, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the proposed Wildland Fire Resiliency Program, starting a 30-day comment period (SCH 2020049059) that was scheduled from April 27 through May 28, 2020. Per the NOP, written comments could be submitted via email or postal mail to Midpen.  Staff also developed an online comment form as an additional method for comment.

On May 11, 2020, staff learned that one of two links to the comment form did not work. During the May 13th Scoping meeting with Midpen’s Board of Directors, a request for a time extension was also expressed. Midpen is therefore extending the comment period to Thursday June 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Posted 4/27/2020

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) is initiating the process of preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Wildland Fire Resiliency Program (Program) to satisfy the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq.). Midpen will serve as the lead agency for CEQA compliance.

In accordance with the State CEQA Guidelines (Title 14 California Code of Regulations [CCR] Section 15082), Midpen has prepared this Notice of Preparation (NOP) to inform agencies and interested parties that a Program EIR will be prepared for the above-referenced project. The purpose of a NOP is to provide sufficient information about a project and its potential environmental impacts to allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to provide a meaningful response related to the scope and content of the EIR, including mitigation measures that should be considered and alternatives that should be addressed (14 CCR Section 15082[b]). Midpen is currently gathering public input regarding the scope of the Program EIR.

Midpen held a public scoping meeting on May 13, 2020. Invitations to the scoping meeting were sent to all recipients of this NOP. Midpen appreciates scoping input from public agencies and individuals in response to this NOP and to the scoping meeting. The Program information, as well as Midpen contact information, are provided below.

Notice of Preparation - Wildland Fire Resiliency Program

Opportunity for Public Comment

Interested individuals, groups, and agencies may provide Midpen with written comments on topics to be addressed in the Program EIR. Because of time limits mandated by state law, comments should be provided no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 18, 2020 May 28, 2020. 

Agencies that will need to use the Program EIR when considering permits or other approvals for the proposed project should provide Midpen with the name of a staff contact person. Please send all comments to:

Coty Sifuentes-Winter, Senior Resource Management Specialist
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
330 Distel Circle
Los Altos, CA 94022

Comments provided by email should include “Wildland Fire Resiliency Program NOP Scoping Comment” in the subject line, and the name and physical address of the commenter in the body of the email.

Comments to be addressed in the EIR may also be submitted using the wildland fire public comment form. 

All comments on environmental issues received during the public comment period will be considered and addressed in the Draft Program EIR, which is anticipated to be available for public review in summer 2020.

Public Scoping Meeting

A public scoping meeting was held by Midpen to inform interested parties about the proposed project, and to provide agencies and the public with an opportunity to provide comments on the scope and content of the Program EIR. The meeting time and location was:

May 13, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.

Due to continuance of the Shelter-In-Place order due to COVID-19, the scoping meeting was conducted via teleconference in accordance with the March 17, 2020 Governor issued Executive Order N-29-20. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals needing special assistive devices will be accommodated to Midpen’s best ability. For more information, please contact the District Clerk at (650) 691-1200 or at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Parking Citations - Proof of Indigence

In compliance AB 503 and AB 2544, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has adopted standards for the types of documentation are required to prove an individual is “indigent” for the purposes of payment of parking citations. Requirements for Proof of Indigence

Public Notice

On an as needed, on-going basis, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District will be disposing of surplus personal property by public auction, eBay, sealed bid, or other appropriate method of disposal. More information can be found at and