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|Project Title:||Eastern Goleta Valley Environmentally Sensitive Habitat / Riparian Corridor Map Update|
|Project Location:||Eastern Goleta Valley|
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On August 14, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved the ESH/RC Overlay Map update for the Rural Area. The revised map took effect on September 14, 2018.
The Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan (EGVCP) Environmentally Sensitive Habitat/Riparian Corridor (ESH/RC) Land Use and Zoning Overlays Map Update project updates the existing ESH/RC Overlay Map within the Rural Area of the EGVCP Area. The updated map will provide an enhanced tool for implementation of the ESH and RC policies, development standards, and overlay regulations that were adopted as part of the EGVCP. To accomplish this task, the project mapped vegetation alliances within the project study area to the extent feasible.
The vegetation map depicts chaparral and other vegetation alliances based on existing inventories, 2015 aerial photography, and limited fieldwork. Mapping vegetation alliances allows the county to identify the habitats that qualify as environmentally sensitive based on EGVCP policies and rarity rankings maintained by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The new vegetation map is being used to update the environmentally sensitive habitats and riparian corridors on the ESH/RC Overlay map.
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