The County of San Luis Obispo and the City of Paso Robles have initiated the development of a multiple species habitat conservation program for the north and eastern portions of the County. The goal is to prepare a Habitat Conservation Program in support of Federal and State permitting processes.
The program objectives are to provide for conservation of endangered species and permit the incidental "take" of species if it occurs during specific activities. Covered species in the program would include the San Joaquin Kit Fox and others which will be determined through program development.
This type of program is intended to provide for a streamlined process for development projects that require discretionary permits from either the City or the County, and that may potentially result in “take” of a covered endangered species.
The public will be encouraged to participate in the development of this project by providing input and feedback through several public workshops and outreach opportunities. Workshops will be scheduled throughout the process of preparing the plan.
Reference documents and project information will be posted on this website on an on-going basis.
An initial public "Scoping" Meeting, where the public is invited to learn about what a Habitat Conservation Plan is and provide input on the issues that should be considered in the program, will take place on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the City of Paso Robles, Council Chambers, 1000 Spring Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446.
If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact: Susan DeCarli, Planning Manager, at (805) 237-3970 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Trevor Keith, Project Manager, San Luis Obispo County at (805) 781-1431 or by email at email@example.com.
Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Community Conservation Plan Information Links
- California Department of Fish and Game’s Natural Community Conservation Planning Webpage http://www.dfg.ca.gov/habcon/nccp/: An overview of the Natural Community Conservation Planning program of the Department of Fish and Game, which identifies and provides for broad-based ecosystem level protection of natural resources while allowing compatible and appropriate economic activity.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Plans Under the Endangered Species Act http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/hcp.pdf: A concise explanation of Habitat Conservation Plans and incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act.
Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Community Conservation Plan Example Links
- East Contra Costa Habitat Conservancy http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/depart/cd/water/HCP/index.html
The East Contra Costa Habitat Conservancy is a partnership between the County and multiple cities to implement the East Contra Costa County Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (HCP/NCCP). The site offers an explanation of how the plans provide a framework for protecting natural resources while allowing for streamlining the environmental permitting process for impacts on endangered species.
- Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan http://www.scv-habitatplan.org/www/default.aspx
The Santa Clara Valley HCP/NCCP was formed and implemented by a regional partnership between six Local Partners and two Wildlife Agencies. The HCP/NCCP aims to conserve natural biological communities regionally at the ecosystem scale while streamlining the environmental permitting process for public and private projects. This site provides access to planning documents, meeting materials, and schedules.
- Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan http://www.rctlma.org/mshcp/
This site provides access to planning documents for the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, intended to allow Riverside County and its Cities to better control local land-use decisions and maintain a strong economic climate while addressing the requirements of the state and federal Endangered Species Acts.
- Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan http://www.drecp.org/
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a Natural Community Conservation Plan, is intended to advance federal conservation goals in California desert regions while facilitating the timely permitting of renewable energy projects. The DRECP was created to help meet California’s goal of 33 percent of electricity coming from renewable resources by 2020. The Renewable Energy Action Team was formed between several state and federal agencies to oversee DRECP implementation.