Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

‚ÄčThurston County is home to four federally-listed species under the Endangered Species Act. This affects County building permits. A property owner can build in protected areas, but by federal law needs a mitigation plan (or Habitat Conservation Plan) first.  The County is voluntarily developing a 30 year mitigation plan to cover its permit applicants in response to this federal listing.

 
The HCP describes how covered species will be protected, and defines a reserve network to help ensure the long term survival of the species. This effort is to reduce and streamline the regulatory burden and provide regulatory certainty in Thurston County. 
 
An umbrella HCP would provide:
  • Mitigation options for applicants who need them.
  • A consistent, year-round environmental-review process.
  • Streamline permitting process.