A Cooperative Planning Effort

The Butte Regional Conservation Plan (BRCP) is being coordinated by the Butte County Association of Governments (BCAG) on behalf of:

Western Canal Water District  •  Richvale Irrigation District 
Biggs West-Gridley Water District  •  Butte Water District
The BRCP is both a federal Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and a state Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP). It is a voluntary plan that will provide streamlined endangered species act and wetlands permitting for transportation projects, land development and other covered activities over the 50 year term of the permits. It will also provide comprehensive species, wetlands and ecosystem conservation and contribute to the recovery of endangered species within the Plan Area.

The BRCP will replace the existing environmental permitting process that is unpredictable, inconsistent, time consuming, costly, and results in ineffective conservation. The BRCP will:

  • Reduce the cost and increase the consistency of the state and federal permitting process
  • Provide certainty of regulatory costs and requirements
  • Provide local control by consolidating and streamlining environmental permitting under one locally controlled plan
  • Provide improved habitat preserves for species
  • Protect the right of private property owners -- conservation land acquisition will be through willing sellers only
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What's New
The next BRCP Stakeholder Committee meeting will be scheduled for later this fa;; 2014, exact date TBD. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the updated project schedule, review any final changes to the formal public draft BRCP not covered in the March 2014 Stakeholder Committee meeting, and provide detail on the forthcoming 90-day public review period.

The release of the BRCP and EIS/EIR for the 90-day review period has been pushed back to fall 2014. This is due to the need for USFWS regional office to review the document prior to publishing the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. This process has been taking longer than expected due to staffing shortages at USWFS. The formal public draft BRCP and EIS/EIR were completed and submitted to USFWS in April 2014 for review.

New - White Paper on Economic Effects of Regional Habitat Conservation Plans. Prepared by Economic & Planning Systems, Inc for California Habitat Conservation Planning Coalition. This paper evaluates the hypothesis that regional HCPs confer substantial economic benefits to the private sector.
Executive Summary
Full Document

New - Transportation and Habitat Conservation Plans Document - Improving Planning and Project Delivery While Preserving Endangered Species. Prepared by the University of California Transportation Center, results show that time and cost savings are major benefits to transportation projects  permitted under regional HCPs.
Full Document

Stakeholder Committee Meetings, Click to view
Public Workshops
The next round of BRCP public workshops will be held in conjunction with the release of the formal public draft BRCP and EIS/EIR in summer 2014.

Butte Regional Conservation Plan - Balancing Growth and Conservation

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