The District's mission is to acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity, protect and restore the natural environment, and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. A variety of policies are in place to guide the District 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.