Farmers and landowners have been unintentionally discouraged from installing voluntary conservation and restoration projects on their property by the time-consuming and costly process of acquiring multiple permits from local, state and federal agencies. In order to reduce this barrier, the CSLRCD partnered with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the non-profit organization Sustainable Conservation in 2010 to develop a Countywide Permit Coordination Program based on efforts in Morro Bay and Monterey County.
The goal of Permit Coordination Program is to offer "one-stop regulatory shopping" to land managers seeking to implement conservation and restoration practices on their land. In some instances, the Program can speed up the permit process and reduce permit fees. The NRCS or RCD is the lead for PIR cooperator agreements.
Projects within the Coastal Zone are not eligible for all programmatic permits.
Programmatic permits secured include:
- CEQA Mitigated Negative Declaration
- Regional Water Quality Control Board 401 Water Quality Certification
- County Grading, Land Use and Construction Exemption (Inland areas only)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers protocol for expedited processing
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biological Opinion with NRCS support
- NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion with NRCS support