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The History of the Natural Community Conservation Planning Act

The NCCP program began under the State's Natural Community Conservation Planning Act of 1991 (PDF).

Guidelines were developed to supplement the NCCP Act, including the

Amendments were added to the Act in 1996 and 2000. It was then superseded by the NCCP Act of 2003 (PDF), which was subsequently amended in 2003, 2011 and 2012, the current version of the NCCP Act.


Changes in NCCP Act of 2003

  • New definitions (including adaptive management and monitoring)
  • Additional guidance for the independent scientific input process
  • Interim project review process
  • Approval findings
  • Implementing agreement contents
  • Statutory assurances
  • Species coverage standards
  • Injunctive relief
  • Grounds for suspension or revocation of permits
  • Future optional regulations
  • Grandfathering of plans underway prior to the enactment of the new legislation