Environmental Advisory Council (EAC)
Ordinance 2013-50 was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on July 9, 2013 to have the Planning Commission act as the County’s Environmental Advisory Council; the consolidation is effective October 1, 2013.
Petitions that may require an Environmental Advisory review can be accessed through the Planning Commission website.
Habitat Conservation Plan Advisory Committee (HCPAC)
On February 12, 2005, county staff provided the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) with information and recommendations for possible elements of a Comprehensive Wildlife and Listed Species Management Plan. One element was to appoint a formal Advisory Committee to evaluate the feasibility of a Habitat Conservation Plan. On April 26, 2005, the BCC adopted Resolution 2005-174 to form this committee and appointed the initial 9 members on June 14, 2005.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) states, "The purpose of the habitat conservation planning process associated with the [incidental take] permit is to ensure there is adequate minimizing and mitigation of the effects of the authorized incidental take." HCPs have been typically developed for single projects. The USFWS reports that HCPs appear to be evolving from these single projects to multiple projects covering larger areas in order to address "broad-based, landscape-level planning, utilized to achieve long-term biological and regulatory goals."
The Board of County Commissioners did not re-establish the Habitat Conservation Plan Advisory Committee February 12, 2010. The discussion was Item 12.A. on the agenda. This reference to the HCP remains on our website since many documents listed continue to be informative.
Content updated November 20, 2013