Development Applications

Joint Project Review

RCA needs to keep track of what is happening in Western Riverside County on land identified as potential habitat by the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP). RCA does not infringe on the local land-use authority of cities or other agencies, but instead focuses on development in the “Criteria Area,” the area most likely to affect habitat and the future welfare of protected species.

The agency monitors changes to the Criteria Area through the “Joint Project Review” process.
All development applications in the Criteria Area, whether by private or by public agencies, are subject to review to determine if they have the potential to affect the MSHCP goals. In the case of infrastructure projects, RCA reviews the effect on connections between major areas of protected habitat. RCA charges nominal fees to private projects to recover the Joint Project Review service costs.

Steps in Joint Project Review:

  • Projects are submitted first to the member agency with local jurisdiction over the project.
  • RCA and staff from the member agency review the project application.
  • RCA staff members compile a checklist of needed actions, including requirements for protection of habitats, plants, and requirements for biological surveys.
  • Once the applicant completes the checklist requirements, RCA evaluates how well the project complies with the MSHCP.
  • If the project complies, RCA forwards the application to the state and federal wildlife agencies for their 10-day review. If a project fails to comply, there is a process of meetings between the project applicant, RCA, and, if necessary, its elected officials, to resolve any issues.

RCA can help speed up and streamline the permit process for public agencies such as public utilities, water districts, and school districts. Agencies can apply for status as a Participating Special Entity (PSE). Their project can use the “take” permits granted under the MSHCP instead of having to obtain their own separate permits or negotiate with federal and state wildlife agencies.

Forms and Applications

Participating Special Entities

RCA can help speed up and streamline the permit process for public agencies such as public utilities, water districts, and school districts. Agencies can apply for status as a Participating Special Entity (PSE). Their project can use the “take” permits granted under the MSHCP instead of having to obtain their own separate permits or negotiate with federal and state wildlife agencies.

Species Survey Protocols

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