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Meeting Date: October 25, 2005

Subject/Title: East Contra Costa Habitat Conservation Plan Update

Prepared by: Winston Rhodes, Senior Planner

Submitted by: Howard Sword, Community Development Director

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On November 10, 1998 the City Council directed staff to work with other East County jurisdictions and State and federal agencies to explore creation of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)/ Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP). On March 28, 2000 the City Council declared the City’s interest in cooperatively developing a HCP/NCCP with other government jurisdictions in East Contra Costa County and authorized the City Manager to sign an interagency agreement forming the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan Association (“HCPA”) to manage preparation of the HCP/NCCP. On January 9, 2001 the City Council appointed Council member Hill to serve as the City’s representative on the HCPA Executive Committee. Most recently, the City Council appointed Council member Gutierrez to serve as the City’s representative on the HCPA Executive Committee.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) expressed an interest in working with East County jurisdictions to develop and implement an HCP in order to address regional endangered species issues by establishing a streamlined review process to obtain required federal and state permits.
The City agreed to participate in the preparation of a HCP/NCCP for East Contra Costa County with the understanding that this does not obligate the City to adopt the HCP/NCCP or provide any funding without Council authorization. The following other agencies have participated in the preparation of the Draft HCP/NCCP: Contra Costa County, City of Clayton, City of Oakley, City of Pittsburg, Contra Costa Water District, and the East Bay Regional Park District. The Draft HCP/NCCP has been prepared and is being circulated for public review along with a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR). A copy of the Draft EIS/EIR is available for review in the Community Development Department at 104 Oak Street. City staff has arranged for an informational presentation. An excerpt of the Executive Summary of the Draft HCP/NCCP is attached for additional background information.

No fiscal impacts are anticipated other than the cost of staff time to review project material and participate in monthly meetings.

Excerpt of Executive Summary of the Draft East Contra County HCP/NCCP

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