Oak Woodlands Management
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On May 6, 2008 the Board of Supervisors adopted the Oak Woodland Management Plan (OWMP) and its implementing ordinance, to be codified as Chapter 17.73 of the County Code (Ord. 4771. May 6, 2008.). The primary purpose of this plan is to implement the Option B provisions of Policy 126.96.36.199 and Measure CO-P. These provisions establish an Oak Conservation In-Lieu Fee for the purchase of conservation easements for oak woodland in areas identified as Priority Conservation Areas.
A lawsuit was filed in El Dorado Superior Court on June 6, 2008 against the Oak Woodland Management Plan. On February 2, 2010, the Court ruled to uphold the Board's action to adopt the Plan. However, on appeal, the Appellate Court over-ruled that decision, remanding the case back to Superior Court, with the direction to require the County to prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the OWMP. The OWMP was rescinded on September 4, 2012 (Resolution 123-2012) and its implementing ordinance was rescinded on September 11, 2012 (Ord. No. 4892). For the time being, only Option A of Policy 188.8.131.52 is available to mitigate impacts to oak woodlands.
On September 24, 2012, the Board of Supervisors directed the Development Services Department to prepare a General Plan amendment to amend Policies 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52 and their related implementation measures to clarify and refine the County's policies regarding oak tree protection and habitat preservation. The Board further directed staff to prepare a Request for Proposals to hire a consultant to assist the County in preparing the policy amendments and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
General Plan Policies Related to Oak Woodlands