Protect Coyote Hills

Welcome to Friends of Coyote Hills

The Friends of Coyote Hills (FCH) is a local group of concerned citizens working to protect 520 acres of open space adjacent to Coyote Hills Regional Park.

Mission statement: Friends of Coyote Hills is an environmentally focused group serving the Tri-Cities area. We are dedicated to the conservation and preservation of open space and the plant and wildlife habitats it supports, and to engaging public involvement with local and regional environmental issues through community outreach, education, collaborative efforts, and advocacy.

City Council Approved Patterson Ranch Proposal

Despite the fact that over 70% of Fremont voters surveyed want NO development in front of the Coyote Hills Regional Park, all five city council members on October 26, 2010, approved changing the Fremont General Plan to increase density at Coyote Hills (500 housing units, from 266) so the Patterson Ranch proposal could then be approved, a massive development proposal. This is despite the 2030 General Plan draft, which advocates transit-oriented housing rather than urban sprawl.

The Pattersons, who already developed 5,000+ houses in Ardenwood, also sold for $63 million the 15.5-acre Tupelo lot across the street (from Coyote Hills), where 276 housing units are being built.

You can help by voting for the two city council candidates endorsed by Friends of Coyote Hills and Fremont Citizens Network, a grassroots group. Please contact the Friends of Coyote Hills. We need your help to contest this proposal.

Given all the liabilities and hidden costs to taxpayers associated with this proposed project (for example, soil toxins seeping into air and drinking water, thousands of lives put at risk due to soil liquefaction, overcrowded and underfunded local schools, flooding due to sea level rise), why should Fremont city council put taxpayers at risk of bailing out another development scheme doomed to failure.

  • Though 300 comments were submitted to the city in response to the draft EIR (environmental impact report), many issues were ignored or minimized, for example, toxic soils containing dieldrin and toxaphene.

  • The proposed development site had been used for growing crops from 1856 to 1999. Past use of pesticides has resulted in toxaphene and dieldrin levels that far exceed what is considered safe for humans. Any dirt that is dug up can get toxics into the air, where it can be carried for miles. Dieldrin has been linked to diseases such as Parkinson's, breast cancer, and immune, reproductive, and nervous system damage. When inhaled or ingested in sufficient quantities, toxaphene can damage the lungs, nervous system, kidneys, and may cause death. Toxaphene degradation products can settle and accumulate in drinking water supplies. The toxic degradation products of toxaphene evidently have not been analyzed or reported on the proposed site, but recommendations to analyze and monitor them have been cited in the scientific literature.

  • The proposed massive development would add 520 housing units to the already dense Ardenwood area. Along with the 276 high-density housing unit Tupelo lot development, the project would bring in over 3,000 new residents and add 3.2 million car trips annually to our streets. More traffic would degrade residents’ quality of life, and increase air and noise pollution. City services—police, fire, street maintenance—have been cut. All of this development would be right in front of our beloved Coyote Hills Regional Park.

  • In an earthquake, the proposed Patterson Ranch project puts thousands of adults’ and children’s lives in jeopardy due to high risk of soil liquefaction (on this floodplain and proposed man-made fill). In an attempt to fix the liquefaction risk, a 5-feet by 25-feet concrete wall built into the loose soil and around the perimeter of the project site is suggested. How successful would this unproven technique be to protect thousands of lives projected for this site? A public safety disaster is waiting to happen if gas and water lines break and fires are fueled by southeasterly winds from SF Bay less than 1 mile away.

  • The Patterson Ranch proposal will negatively impact our overcrowded and underfunded elementary, junior high and senior high schools. "We don't have the money to build schools and this land is suspect," stated FUSD School Board Trustee, Larry Sweeney. "There is too much liability, unknown land conditions, environmental issues and hidden costs." (Tri-City Voice 9/13/10)

  • Current and potential employers and residents appreciate open space such as Coyote Hills. For example, with foresight the city of Palo Alto has attracted many employers because of its high-quality schools, infrastructure, and much open space such as Foothill Park.

What You Can Do Now to Help

We ask you to:

Paved or Saved

Sunrise in Coyote Hills


Beautiful natural open space can be paved for the profit of a few or saved for present and future generations.

Once it’s gone…it’s gone forever!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
                                                                                –Margaret Mead 



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