This Habitat Management Plan (HMP) has been prepared for the proposed Starwood - Santa Fe Valley project in accordance with the mitigation measures identified in the Santa ·Fe Valley Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR as amended) (County of San Diego 1995a) and the County of San Diego's conditions of approval for the project's tentative map (TM 5073). The HMP implements the habitat management guidelines for Planning Area II of the Santa Fe Valley Specific Plan (SFVSP). Specifically, the HMP provides direction for the permanent preservation of environmentally sensitive areas designated as Open Space I (OS I) in the referenced EIR. This HMP also follows the framework established by the HMP for the Bernardo Lakes Project (Affinis 1998), which is shown as Planning Area IV of the SFVSP. The Bernardo Lakes HMP was the first to be adopted within the SFVSP area and is intended to serve as a model for subsequent HMPs in the SFVSP. Specific project approval documents and permits related to this HMP include the referenced EIR and the following: Santa Fe Valley Specific Plan (County of San Diego 1995b); Balcor/Santa Fe Valley Land Company Administrative Permit AD 95-
035 (County of San Diego 1995c); Santa Fe Valley Specific Plan Resolution of Approval No. 95-464 (County of San Diego 1995d);Tentative Map 5073 Resolution of Approval (County of San Diego 1995e); Major Use Permit P95-009 (County of San Diego 1995£); Major Use Permit P95-010 (County of San Diego 1995g); Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) County of San Diego Subarea Plan (County of San Diego 1997); Section 404 Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Section 1603 Streambed Alteration Agreement from the California Department of Fish and Game; and a Section 401 Water Quality Certification/Waiver from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The project site (and the entire SFVSP) is within the Lake Hodges Segment of the referenced County of San Diego Subarea of the MSCP. The MSCP is a comprehensive multi-agency planning eff ort, intended to create a regional habitat preserve and allow planning flexibility for development-related impacts and mitigation requirements. Specific goals identified for the MSCP and the County Subarea include conformance with the State and Federal Endangered Species Acts and the California Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) Act.
The area to be preserved as Open Space I encompasses approximately 163 acres
The County of San Diego owns or is in the process of acquiring key lands within the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) preserve area. The MSCP Biological Monitoring Plan requires monitoring of covered plant species. The County of San Diego was awarded two Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) Program Local Assistance Grants to accomplish the first phase of the monitoring program, i.e., collecting baseline data for covered plant species. The study area of this grant was amended to include lands in San Vicente (Boys and Girl?s Club) Ecological Reserve that were originally included in the statement of work for the NCCP Local Assistance grant No. P0050008. The lands in the total amended study area, from north to south are open space areas in Santa Fe Valley, County-owned portions of Lusardi Creek, open space areas conveyed to the County of San Diego in 4S Ranch, San Vicente Open Space Preserve, McGinty Mountain preserve lands, Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, and lands north and south of the eastern arm of Otay Lakes. Portions of Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve were also surveyed.
The MSCP Implementing Agreement (Section 14.5) states that the "County will be responsible
for the biological monitoring of its own, specified public lands, as well as mitigation lands
obtained by it in fee title or easement, and lands acquired by it for the MSCP using the regional
funding program or other local sources."
The scope of these monitoring efforts are guided by the following documents:
Implementing Agreement1: Chapter 14
Final MSCP Plan2: Table 3-5, Sections 5.4.1 and 5.5 and 6.3.1 and 6.3.2 and 6.4.1
County Subarea Plan3: Sections 1.6 and 1.7
Ogden's Biological Monitoring Plan (Ogden BMP) 4
Area-specific Management Directives (ASMDs) developed for County properties (according
to Table 3-5 of the Final MSCP Plan and the County's Framework Management Plan5)
Ongoing adaptive methods discussed through the MSCP Monitoring Committee (a subcommittee
to the Habitat Management Technical Committee)
Habitat Management Plans developed for the Santa Fe Valley, 4S Ranch, and other private
open space, and the Resource Management Plan for Otay Ranch.
In some instances, regional monitoring points recommended by the Ogden BMP may fall in
areas where multiple agencies own(ed) land (e.g., McGinty Mountain, San Vicente Highlands
and Boulder Oaks). Some of these areas have management and/or monitoring agreements
between agencies that will help address issues of responsibility. In other cases, coordination
between agencies is a necessary next step in order to achieve a coordinated and effective regional
ASMDs are to direct management and monitoring actions on preserves owned by or dedicated to
the County within the MSCP. These directives will be developed and implemented to address
species and habitat management needs in a phased manner for logical and discrete areas, once
conserved as part of the preserve, including any species-specific management required as
conditions of the take authorizations. Species
The County is obligated to monitor habitat preservation and destruction (i.e., gains and losses),
habitat quality, and certain covered species. Only the latter two elements are discussed in this
This report focuses on data collected by County staff, its consultants, or volunteers. This
includes efforts funded by Local Assistance Grants that were funded by the California
Department of Fish and Game and coordinated by the County. In some instances, other agencies
or individuals have surveyed lands for which the County has a responsibility to monitor; these
data are reported here to the extent they are known. For the most part, information is presented
that pertains to lands that the County is required to monitor under the MSCP, but there are cases
where the County has performed surveys on lands managed by other participants, which are
reported here as well.