The ITP authorizes take of San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) and San Joaquin antelope squirrel (Ammospermophilus nelsoni), which are designated threatened pursuant to the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), and Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides) and Bakersfield cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. treleasei) which are designated endangered pursuant to CESA, incidental to the urban development of up to 14,200 acres of Natural Lands or 33,400 acres of Open Lands within the 261,120 acre Metropolitan Bakersfield Habitat Conservation Plan (MBHCP) area, as defined in Figure 2 of the MBHCP, dated April 1994. The ITP as issued by CDFW authorizes incidental take of these species subject to various terms and conditions, including the requirement that all authorized impacts are fully mitigated. Project activities as defined in the ITP is specifically conditioned by the MBHCP, associated Implementation/Management Agreement dated August 15, 1994, and a federal incidental take permit pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA issued by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on August 24, 1994. The 14,200 acres of Natural Lands or 33,400 acres of Open Lands that can be developed includes all MBHCP authorized development since 1994; as a result, only a portion of the development acreage contemplated in the 1994 MBHCP remains; as of December 31, 2012, there were 3,116.67 acres converted from Natural Lands to Urban Development, and 18,405.5 acres converted from Open Land to Urban Development.
Minor Amendment No. 4 (Amendment) makes three changes to the ITP, as previously amended. The Amendment extends the existing permit expiration date to June 1, 2023; establishes a deadline of January 1, 2023, for payment of the Habitat Mitigation Fee; and establishes the ITP’s expiration date as the deadline for completion of Covered Activities in the Project area.