While the General Plan effort is complete, the MSHCP/NCCP planning process is ramping up. Much like the General Plan acts as a guide for future development, the MSHCP/NCCP 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 MSHCP/NCCP includes the Town’s municipal boundaries as well as its Sphere of Influence and other surrounding County lands important to the region. Both the Town of Apple Valley and the County of San Bernardino will be signatories to the finished plan.
The plan will safeguard features and areas that warrant protection; plus ensure that future development within the Town and surrounding County lands is compliant with Federal & State Endangered Species Acts.
Besides creating environmental benefits, an approved MSHCP/NCCP also provides permitting advantages to Apple Valley and the County by streamlining the environmental permitting process. The new permitting process established under the MSHCP/NCCP will make the Town a “one-stop-shop,” increasing its control over local 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/NCCP, the Town and County will work with local residents and stakeholders. The goal of the planning process is to preserve the Town’s quality of life and its desert environment.
The MSHCP/NCCP is an essential tool to make certain that Apple Valley’s “Better Way of Life” will continue for the enjoyment of future generations.
For more information, please follow any of these links:
- Boundaries Map
- More information on MSHCPs – www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/hcp-overview.html
- More information on NCCPs –www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/planning/NCCP
- CEQA Scoping Presentation - April 28, 2010
- NEPA Scoping Presentation - April 7, 2010
- San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors letter in support of the MSHCP dated June 11, 2014
- Notice of Public Availability
- Town of Apple Valley Planning Agreement