Friday, October 9, 2015
Good land use decisions come from a vigorous and informed debate and discussion about various possibilities. While individuals can have an impact, the best way to get involved on the “advocacy” side is to get personally involved with an advocacy group that is working for the kind of land use results you support. The “Land Use Links” available at kusp.org/landuse, list some of the possibilities.
Getting involved with a land trust organization is another way to impact the land use future or our local communities. Land Trusts obtain “ownership” interests in land, or in easements that affect land use, and their objective is almost always to protect certain kinds of lands, or certain areas.
Yesterday, I mentioned three different land trust organizations that work in Monterey County. Today, let me put a spotlight on the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, which has been incredibly innovative, and successful, in working for good land use outcomes on the Santa Cruz County side of the Bay. I have a link in today’s transcript to the website of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, and I’ve included a link to the website of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, too, since that group, mainly focused on the Bay Area side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, has been helping out on the Santa Cruz County side of the hill, too.