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Water Resources Protection Collaborative

To clarify and streamline local permitting for streamside activities, representatives from the water district, 15 cities, the county, business, agriculture, streamside property owners and environmental interests established the Water Resources Protection Collaborative in 2002. In 2007, most municipalities adopted "Guidelines and Standards for Land Use Near Streams: A Manual of Tools, Standards, and Procedures to Protect Streams and Streamside Resource in Santa Clara County." and some integrated into into their zoning or development permitting or review processes.

Municipalities that integrated the above Guidelines and Standards into its municipal codes:

  1. City of Cupertino's Municipal Codes for Water Resource Protection (Chapter 9.19)
  2. City of Gilroy's Municipal Code for Water Resources Protection - Guidelines and Standards (Chapter 27A)
  3. City of Sunnyvale's Municipal Codes for Streamside Development Review (Chapter 19.81)
  4.  City of Palo Alto Ordinance 4932, Feb. 5, 2007  

Municipalities with official online version or copies of resolutions for adopting Guidelines and Standards along with pertinent information:

  1. City of Mountain View's Resolution 17144, Nov. 14, 2006
  2. City of Los Altos Resolution 07-03, Feb. 13, 2007 
  3. City of San Jose's Resolution no. 73644, Feb. 13, 2007
  4. Town of Los Gatos Resolution 2007-020, Feb. 20, 2007 
  5. City of Santa Clara Adopted Resolution 07-7391, March 6, 2007 
  6. City of Milpitas' Resolution and related links
  7. City of Saratoga's Staff report, May 2, 2007
  8. Santa Clara County's Resolution, May 22, 2007
  9. Town of Los Altos Hills Resolution 26-07, May 24, 2007 
  10. City of Morgan Hill Resolution 6112, Aug.22, 2007 
  11. City of Campbell Resolution 10952, Sept. 16, 2008

Guidelines and Standards for Land Use Near Streams (July 2007 Version)

Title page and acknowledgements (PDF 81 KB)

Table of Contents [PDF 35 KB]
Chapter 1 - Introduction [PDF 2.3 MB]
Chapter 2 - Permitting tools [PDF 3.4 MB]
Chapter 3 - Proposed Guidelines & Standards [PDF 1 MB]
Chapter 4 - Design Guides [PDF 4.5 MB]
Chapter 4 - Bank Protection/Erosion Repair guides [PDF 2.5 MB]
Chapter 5 - Guidance for Homeowners [PDF 689 KB]
Chapter 6 - Guidance for Developers [PDF 2 MB]
Chapter 7 - Model Enhanced Practices [PDF 50 KB]
Chapter 8 - SCVWD Ordinance 83-2 (repealed by Water Resources Protection Ordinance) [PDF 55 KB]
Chapter 9 - GIS Mapping Tool [ PDF 411 KB] (Updated: GIS data & Google earth-based interactive maps)
Chapter 10 - Bibliography [PDF 29 KB]
Chapter 11 - Glossary of Terms [PDF 46 KB]
Appendix A - Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 38 KB]
Appendix B - Riparian Corridor Protection [128 KB]
Appendix C - Slope Stability Requirements for Single Family Units [PDF 64 KB]

Additional Reference for Creekside Trails 

  1. Uniform Inter-jurisdictional Trail Design, Use, and Management Guidelines
  2. County’s Trails Master Plan Site
  3. Sample Creek Trail Network Expansion Feasibility Study

Santa Clara Valley Urban Pollution Prevention Program

  1. New/re-development work products and reports
  2. Best Management Practices fact sheets
  3. C3 Stormwater Handbook and Appendices

Links to Other Sites and Documents:

  1. Web-based Watershed Knowledge Overview