NATURAL HERITAGE COMMITTEE
CHARGE and OUTLINE OF TASKS
The Natural Heritage Committee is an advisory committee that maintains the County’s Biodiversity Assessment; advises the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and County staff on applying biodiversity information to land-use decision-making; and supports biodiversity education in the County.
OUTLINE OF TASKS
A. Input on and oversight of the maintenance, expansion, updating, and evaluation of the ongoing Biodiversity Assessment begun by the Biodiversity Work Group, and development of a protocol for assessing changes in the state of biodiversity (with reference to planning goals).
B. Assistance in staff development of an action plan that specifies detailed steps for achieving protection of biodiversity as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan.
C. Development of policy recommendations to the Board in response to biodiversity issues and information gathered from the Biodiversity Assessment. The Committee should be consulted on programs, regulations, and Comprehensive Plan changes that may affect biodiversity protection.
D. Development of educational materials and programs on biodiversity.
E. Provision of periodic reports to the Board of Supervisors on the state of biodiversity in the County.
F. At the request of the staff, Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors, review selected development proposals for biodiversity impacts, and provide comment regarding the impacts, potential mitigation measures, and/or alternative approaches to the development.
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