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Oak Woodland Mitigation Ordinance

The Draft Oak Woodland Mitigation Ordinance has been prepared to address impacts from proposed development (referred to as discretionary projects in the draft Ordinance).  The draft ordinance focuses on the oak woodland as a habitat type.  The Ordinance proposes that more than 10% removal of oak woodland canopy area is considered a significant impact subject to replacement.  If you have any questions, please contact Pete Calarco, Assistant Director via email or by phone at 530.538.2167.

Currently, the impacts of discretionary projects on oak woodlands are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Adoption of an oak woodlands ordinance would assist in defining impact thresholds under CEQA, standardizing practices so applicants know what to expect from the project review process, provide guidance how to avoid or minimize impacts to oak woodlands and allow staff to process applications more efficiently.  There are a number of Goals, Policies and Action items from General Plan 2030 that support an oak woodland ordinance.  Staff has also found that one option for mitigation of impacts to oak woodlands, payment to the Oak Woodlands Conservation Fund cannot currently be fulfilled by an applicant.  The State will not accept payment unless the local jurisdiction has adopted a fee.  The Ordinance as drafted is applicable only to discretionary projects – those that can be approved or denied and impact oak woodlands.  Development Services has prepared this draft based on a consultant prepared version. 

The Ordinance is drafted to be applicable to discretionary projects.  Examples of discretionary projects include Subdivision Maps, Parcel Maps, Use Permits, and Minor Use Permits.  These are applications that are subject to a public hearing and may be approved, denied or modified.  Because they are discretionary, such applications are commonly subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  

Comment on the Draft Ordinance

In an effort to look to technology and convenience to better serve you, we hope that you are interested in commenting on the Draft Ordinance through this Google Docs link.  We are experimenting with this web-based approach and hope that this is helpful.  

For those that would prefer to write their comments and submit by email or mail to Pete Calarco, Assistant Director, Butte County Department of Development Services, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965.
If you would like to add your name to a stakeholder’s contact list for review and comment, please email Pete Calarco, Assistant Director.

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December 14, 2017 Planning Commission Workshop

December 6, 2017 Butte County Users’ Group Meeting - Agenda

Additional Resources

General Plan 2030 Oak Woodland Applicable Goals, Policies & Action Items

Butte County Oak Woodland Management Plan Resolution 07-084

Oak Woodland Impact Decision Matrix 2008

California Wildlife Conservation Board – Oak Woodlands Conservation Program

UC Oak Woodland Management

Description of County Oak Conservation Policies

Proceedings of the Seventh California Oak Symposium: Managing Oak Woodlands
in a Dynamic Work (2014)
 (PDF 10MB)

Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) CEQA Threshold of Significance



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