Issues and Challanges - Documents
Guideline for Off Road
Use of Bicycles
Criteria, etiquette and education to reduce bicycle impacts for City land management policy.
Illegal Trails Violate
Over Developed Trails
Illegal Trails Violate
John Brooks Contract
Friends of Waterdog
Waterdog Wildlife Corridor
Belmont Open Space Guiding Documents
Belmont residents and elected representatives have long cited protection of Open Space as a priority. City planning documents enshrine this protection, however lax enforcement and failure to abide by these guiding plans have allowed exploitation and degradation of Waterdog.
Adopted by the City in 1992, this plan is the blueprint that guides development decisions for City parks and open space. The City has now embarked on a long overdue update, but until that is completed all Park and Open Space policies must conform with this Plan.
Parks & Open Space Master Plan
1998 Adopted Trail
This City Council resolution designates 7 trails for single-use of hikers and 6 for multi-use, with trail signage to direct users.
John Brooks Gift
1977 contract and City resolution guaranteeing “...the acreage will be maintained in perpetuity as an unspoiled area or ‘green belt’ to preserve the trees and natural environment.”
In 2015 the City adopted a new General Plan – the guiding blueprint for city-wide policy and development decisions thru 2035. The Conservation Element is one chapter of that plan, addressing the specific concerns of Conservation, including Open Space policies.
Belmont General Plan Conservation Element
Western Hills Area
Adopted in 1990, this City plan designates the Western Hills as as "a significant enclave of natural habitat" and describes the environmental protection policies for the Open Space, which encompasses the 180 acres of Hidden Canyon.
The grant deed limiting uses to natural open space, footpaths and public utility easements.
Streams and wetlands are complex, living systems where many plants and animals make their home. The stream corridor, including vegetation along the bank, is known as the riparian area. This doucment describes Belmont's guidelines for management of riparian zones.
Waterdog Lake Lease
The reservoir and earthen dam on 50 acres is leased by the City from Notre Dame University through 2064.