City of Santa Cruz Operations and Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Santa Cruz
Document Title
City of Santa Cruz Operations and Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The City of Santa Cruz has prepared a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP or Plan) and has been issued an incidental take permit (Permit) from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to incidentally take the federally endangered Ohlone tiger beetle (Cicindela ohlone); the federally endangered Mount Hermon June beetle (Polyphylla barbata); the federally endangered tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi); the Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata); the federally threatened California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii); and the western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) as a result of the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the City’s water supply and water system facilities; operation and maintenance of the City’s municipal facilities; and management of City lands. Additionally, the HCP and associated Permit coverage includes four plant species: the federally endangered Ben Lomond spineflower (Chorizanthe pungens var. hartwegiana); the federally endangered Robust spineflower (Chorizanthe robusta var. robusta); the federally threatened Santa Cruz tarplant (Holocarpha macradenia); and the State endangered San Francisco popcornflower (Plagiobothrys diffusus)) because of the benefits provided to such species as a result of the Plan’s conservation strategy.

Contact Information

Chris Berry
Agency Name
Watershe Compliance Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Citywide, Unincorporated
Other Location Info
Various areas within the City of Santa Cruz & Santa Cruz County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 7,8, & 33; 14 CCR 15307, 15308, 15333
Reasons for Exemption
The Project consists of a Habitat Conservation Plan covered under an Incidental Take Permit issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the protection of natural resources and the protection of the environment. The Habitat Conservation Plan provides measures for minimizing and mitigating adverse effects on various Covered Species and their habitat by the covered activities.
County Clerk
Santa Cruz


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