The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a public agency that has successfully protected nearly 65,000 acres of open space throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties since 1972. Midpen was created by voters to acquire and preserve in perpetuity open space and agricultural land of regional significance, to protect and restore the natural environment, to preserve rural character and encourage viable agricultural use of land resources, and to provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. A variety of policies are in place to guide us in this mission.
Definition and Philosophy
Open space is defined as land or water area that either remains in its natural state or is used for agriculture or otherwise essentially undeveloped. Open space provides protection for areas of particular scenic beauty and enhances the survival prospects for endangered plant and animal species. It enhances public safety through the minimization of flood erosion, landslide, earthquake, and fire hazards. It provides room for production of food. It can help shape urban growth and thus provide a more liveable and efficient urban environment. In short, open space means "room to breathe."
In 1999, the Board of Directors developed a Basic Policy to guide the agency and provide information to the public about the mission, purpose, strategic direction, and major elements of District’s operations.
Good Neighbor Policy
The District’s Board of Directors and staff are strongly committed to establishing and maintaining good relationships with all of our residents and neighbors. The Board adopted the District's revised Good Neighbor Policy on September 26, 2007. On June 10, 2009, the Board approved the Good Neighbor Brochure, “A Guide for Our Open Space Neighbors,” which was updated in February 2014. For further information, please call 650-691-1200.