Governance & Policies


The Governing Board is composed of two representatives of each of the four participating jurisdictions, for a total of eight members. Each representative is an elected official from the participating jurisdiction. The Governing Board is responsible for the governance and administration of the Habitat Agency. It may delegate its authority to the Implementing Board except for two duties that must remain with the Governing Board: adoption and modification of Habitat Plan fees and the approval of the Habitat Agency's annual budget. The Governing Board will meet at least four times each year.


The Implementation Board is representated by all Permittees. The 11-member Implementation Board has two representatives each from the Permittees except for VTA, which, per its request, has one representative. For the Permittees with two representatives, one must be an elected official. The Implementation Board meets at least once every two months. The responsibilities of the Implementation Board include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Reviewing and making recommendations to the Governing Board regarding the adoption or modification of fees
  • Review and making recommendations to the Governing Board of annual operating and capital budgets of the Implementing Entity.
  • Making decisions regarding the appointment of the Administrative Director and the hiring of or contracting with other Implementing Entity staff, services, or equipment.
  • Making decisions regarding property acquisition or conservation easement purchase.
  • Reviewing and making recommendations to the Administrative Director regarding grants and other funding opportunities.
  • Establishing any committees or subcommittees to help the Implementing entity fulfill its duties.
  • Review and approval of annual reports prior to submittal to the Wildlife Agencies.
  • Review of special cases of covered activities not subject to the jurisdiction of a Permittee (e.g., Participating Special Entities).
  • Review and approval of requests by Permittees or private project proponents to provide non-monetary compensation for impacts in lieu of fees (see Chapter 9 for these provisions).
  • Resolution of disputes among Permittees regarding implementation of the Plan.

In September 2013 the Habitat Agency’s Implementation Board adopted a resolution forming a Public Advisory Committee (PAC), and establishing its duties and composition. The PAC has 9 members: 2 from the business and development community; 2 from the environmental community; 2 from the farming and ranching community, and 3 from the general public. Appointments will be made of individuals, not groups. However, organizations reflecting the interests to be represented on the PAC are encouraged to identify qualified candidates for appointment. The PAC is expected to meet approximately 4 times a year. The regular meeting place of the PAC is in Morgan Hill.


The Technical Advisory Committee includes reserve management staff of the Habitat Agency, staff representing the Co-Permittees, and potentially third party contractors or other partners. Representatives of the Wildlife Agencies will serve as members of the Technical Advisory Committee. Senior managers of other local land management agencies could be invited to participate to share best practices and resources. The Technical Advisory Committee serves as a coordinating body to provide advice on land management, monitoring, and other Habitat Plan activities in the Reserve System. Biologists at Local Partner agencies could also serve as members of the Technical Advisory Committee, if appropriate. The frequency of meetings of the Technical Advisory Committee will be determined by the Habitat Agency based on need and the activities of the Habitat Plan. The Technical Advisory Committee may form subcommittees to address specific issues. The Technical Advisory Committee may sunset at the end of the permit term. The Technical Advisory Committee is not a public meeting body and is not a Brown Act committe

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that public notice be given by the lead agency for certain environmental review documents, including intention to adopt a Negative Declaration, availability of a draft Negative Declaration document, availability of a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for review, and addition of significant new information to a draft EIR prior to certification of the final EIR. CEQA documents covering Habitat Plan projects are available here and are archived by year. 

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