While the General Plan effort is complete, the MSHCP planning process is ramping up. Much like the General Plan acts as a guide for future development, the MSHCP will guide the Town’s conservation efforts—allowing the Town to preserve its open space, protect threatened and endangered species, and maintain its high-desert character.
The plan will safeguard features and areas that warrant protection; plus assure that future development within the Town and its Sphere of Influence is compliant with Federal & State Endangered Species Acts.
Besides creating environmental benefits, an approved MSHCP also provides permitting advantages to Apple Valley by streamlining the environmental permitting process. The new permitting process established under the MSHCP will make the Town a “one-stop-shop,” increasing its control over land use decisions. Thus, Apple Valley can more readily achieve its vision of being a premier community that is competitive in attracting business and jobs.
Throughout the development of the MSHCP, the Town will work with local residents and stakeholders to define the Plan’s conservation goals and develop mitigation measures. The goal of the planning process is to preserve the Town’s quality of life and its desert environment.
The MSHCP is an essential tool to make certain that Apple Valley’s “Better Way of Life” will continue for the enjoyment of future generations.
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