What projects and activities are not covered by the Habitat Plan?
Numerous projects and activities cannot seek coverage under the Habitat Plan. These include:
  • Private sector activities that do not obtain a development, grading, building, or other construction permit
  • City of Gilroy expansion beyond the Habitat Plan’s limit of urban growth
  • Bay Area to Central Valley high-speed train
  • New highway between Interstate 5 and U.S. 101
  • Routine and ongoing agricultural activities that are not assessed through a permit process
  • Expansion of cultivated agriculture into natural lands that is not assessed through a permit process
  • Vineyard development that is not assessed through a permit process
  • Timber harvest operations
  • Quarries and other mining other than expansion of Freeman Quarry
  • New and expanded landfills other than Kirby Canyon, Pacheco Pass Landfill expansions, and landfills occurring inside the planning limits of urban growth of the three cities
  • Mercury removal/remediation that is not incidental to other covered activities
  • Corps led projects where the Corps is responsible for implementation of avoidance and minimization measures
  • Pacheco Dam reconstruction and reservoir enlargement
  • Pesticide/herbicide application (excluded from the federal permit only)
  • Installation and operation of private groundwater wells
  • Increased development due to incorporation of San Martin
  • Dam removal and/or construction of new dams
  • Wind farm development
  • Water importation from outside the SCVWD service area
  • Emergency activities not defined as a Changed Circumstance in the Habitat Plan

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1. What is the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan (Habitat Plan)?
2. Who developed the Habitat Plan? When was it approved?
3. What is a habitat conservation plan (HCP)?
4. What is a natural community conservation plan (NCCP)?
5. Why develop a joint HCP/NCCP?
6. What is "take"?
7. What are the benefits of the Habitat Plan?
8. What projects and activities are covered by the Habitat Plan?
9. What projects and activities are not covered by the Habitat Plan?
10. How long is the Habitat Plan in effect?
11. What are the boundaries of the Habitat Plan? How are the boundaries determined?
12. What does the Habitat Plan not do?
13. Who is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Habitat Plan?