Rapid Growth & Development in Eastern Pima County, Arizona
The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan elements respond to community values: Habitat and Corridors Cultural Resources Riparian Ranch Mountain Parks Pima County Pima County Regional Flood Control District Tohono O’odham Nation U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service City of Tucson Town of Marana Town of Oro Valley Metropolitan Domestic Water District U. S. Bureau of Land Management U. S. Forest Service Environmental Protection Agency Arizona Game and Fish Department National Park Service
Habitat and Corridors Element : Habitat and Corridors Element : To ensure the long-term survival of the full spectrum of plants and animals that are indigenous to Pima County through maintaining or improving ecosystem structures and functions necessary for their survival. View from Diamond Bell Ranch 2010
Land Management Implemented County mitigation lands have multiple uses for people as well as wildlife.
View from Diamond Bell Ranch, Brian Powell 2010 Other types of mitigation land: Floodprone and In-Lieu Fee programs Developer set-asides Donations Future bond acquisitions Future land exchanges and RPPA acquisitions
Implemented: Cactus Mitigation Bank County-owned land For County projects Established 2002 Banks have a benefit to Pima County, but a landscape approach is better.
Other Advance Implementation Invasive species management Testing of monitoring protocols Database development Funding: property taxes
NEPA Experiment Public scoping 2000, 2003 County-hosted public process, 7 draft HCPs DEIS published 2012 22 comments 2012
Why advance implementation? Protect habitat before more fragmentation. Success helps sustains political will and citizen support. Implementation creates certainty. Failure shows what is not “practicable”. Opportunity for process improvement before a permit is issued.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uMl omLOGFg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uMl omLOGFg Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan http://www.pima.gov/cmo/sdcp/