Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Santa Cruz County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan (PWP)

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The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCDSCC) released a Draft Santa Cruz County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan (PWP) for public review and comment on April 28, 2021.



The goal of the RCDSCC PWP is to meet the need for programmatic permitting for high-priority forest health and fuels management projects to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve ecological conditions for forests, woodlands, and grasslands within the coastal zone. The PWP provides a planning framework to efficiently review and authorize vegetation management projects within the Program Area over the next ten years using principles, strategies, and best management practices that align fire prevention planning with the protection of coastal resources. This draft PWP is the result of a coordinated planning process of the RCDSCC and San Mateo RCD, in collaboration with State Parks, Cal FIRE, CA Coastal Commission, and staff of the planning departments of Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. A parallel Draft PWP is under development to serve the need in San Mateo County.

Date of Public Noticing: April 28, 2021

pdfView the complete public notice by clicking here.

Date of Public Hearing: The RCDSCC will host a public hearing on the draft PWP at the RCDSCC Board of Directors Meeting June 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Location: Web https://zoom.us/j/708386048?pwd=bm5RWklIbEIvbEQ0K0ZWdTFmMENQQT09

Or Phone 1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 708-386-048, Meeting Password: 599600

The meeting agenda will be posted at least 10 days prior to the hearing, and can be found on the RCDSCC’s website here: www.rcdsantacruz.org/board-meeting-docs

Questions and comments regarding the Draft Santa Cruz County Forest Health and Fire Resilience Public Works Plan can be directed to the RCDSCC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 831-464-2950.

Written comments are due by midnight on June 8th. Oral comments will continue to be received at the June 9th hearing.

About Public Works Plans (PWP): A PWP is a land use planning document that plans for and sets a framework for implementing a specific public works project or array of public works-related activities. A PWP provides a land use planning alternative to Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) for obtaining approval of large or phased public works projects, as well as any development proposed by a special district, and remains under the authority of the Coastal Commission irrespective of coastal permit jurisdictional boundaries. A PWP is an alternative to project-by-project review for public works, which would otherwise require multiple coastal development permits for different components of the public works project. For more information contact the Coastal Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.