Open Space Committee


  • 9:00 a.m.
  • The 2nd Wednesday of the month
  • Park and Recreation Center, Los Altos Hills

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Council Liaison: George Tyson
Member Term Expires Member Term Expires
Richard Contreras (Co-Chair) Nov 2020 Susan Welch Nov 2020
Kit Gordon (Co-Chair) Nov 2023 Jean Struthers May 2023
Peter Brown Mar 2022 Wendie Ward Aug 2021
George Clifford June 2023        

Associate Members

  • Karen Lemes
  • Sharen Schoendorf
  • Nancy Couperus 

Committee Overview

The membership of this Committee shall consist of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 9 members. The Open Space Committee currently has 7 members. Four members are required for a quorum.
(updated: 1/14/20)


The charges to and duties of this Committee shall be to:

a. to advise and assist the City Council, Planning Commission and Staff in implementing the
policies and goals of the General Plan, specifically with respect to acquisition, maintenance, and protection of voluntary conservation easements, open space easementsand open space; 

b. to make recommendations at subdivision, site development, 
Planning Commission and City Council meetings regarding the acquisition, maintenance, and protection of conservation easements, open space easements and open space;

c. to advise and assist the work for the preservation, restoration and enhancement of the environment and natural resources within the Town; 

d. to study and recommend ordinances and resolutions relating to acquisition, restoration, maintenance and use of conservation easements, open space easements and open space within the Town; 

e. to communicate Town policies and procedures regarding conservation easements open 
space easements and open space following standard Town communication policies; 

f.  to provide educational material and informational forums and programs to the public regarding natural resources (e.g. wildlife, creeks, native plants and wildlife habitat) following standard Town communication policies; and

g. to develop relationships with other Town committees, neighboring  municipalities and regional entities to collaborate on environmental issues. 

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