Spring 2017: Publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register that the draft SSHCP, draft EIS/EIR, draft Aquatic Resources Program, and draft Implementing Agreement are available for public review Spring/summer 2017: Community meetings/public workshops during 90-day public comment period Fall/winter 2017-2018: Public hearings on proposed adoption of final SSHCP, final EIS/EIR, final Aquatic Resources Program, and final Implementing Agreement Spring 2018: Permit issued
The SSHCP will be managed by a joint powers authority called the South Sacramento Conservation Agency (SSCA). Membership in the agency will include Sacramento County, the City of Galt and the City of Rancho Cordova as land use authority permittees.
To streamline permitting processes all of the plan partners and the SSCA will be permittees on state and federal Incidental Take Permits, and can use those permits to implement their own covered activities. The SSCA can also extend incidental take coverage to covered activities proposed by other participating entities. The SSCA will hold title to conservation easements and, in limited cases, title to preserved lands. It also will oversee cooperative agreements with other entities that own and/or manage preserves or conservation easements as part of the SSHCP Preserve System, and will contract with agencies and organizations for preserve management and monitoring.
The SSCA structure will include a Governing Board, implementation committee, and executive director and staff. The Governing Board will include elected-official representatives of the three land use authority permittees – Sacramento County, City of Galt and City of Rancho Cordova – and be responsible for:
establishing or modifying fees,
hiring the executive director, and
approving the agency’s annual report and budget.
The implementation committee will assist the executive director with plan implementation and include a representative from each plan permittee (Sacramento County, City of Galt, City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Water Agency, Capital SouthEast Connector JPA and SSCA).
Costs and Funding
Implementation costs – including land acquisition, protection and management – will be incurred by those who impact resources with covered activities. Property owners and developers in the SSHCP plan area will either pay fees to mitigate species and habitat impacts consistent with the conservation strategy or dedicate land to the preserve system. A finance plan will allocate management and ongoing implementation costs, ensuring that those who benefit from regulatory coverage under the SSHCP permit pay their fair share of implementation costs. The SSHCP will be implemented using free-market, willing-seller principles. Eminent domain will not be used for property acquisition.