Through participation in the WCCF’s plan, governmental entities including cities and school districts, landowners and developers can navigate the requirements of the Endangered Species Act in a more expedient manner. Prior to the establishment of the WCCF’s plan, all entities impacting endangered species needed to obtain an individual 10(a) permit from the USFWS. The WCCF offers a simplified option to comply with the Endangered Species Act through voluntary participation in the WCCF.
Under the plan, businesses, schools and local governments benefit from a streamlined “conservation bank” approach to Endangered Species Act permitting.
Processing times are shortened, costs controlled and predictability increased. Activities under the plan also help prevent other species from becoming listed as endangered in the future. At the same time, the plan honors the county’s tradition of good land stewardship. WCCF and its partners are providing leadership in regional planning for endangered species conservation.
RHCP Fact Sheet
Williamson County Regional Habitat Conservation Plan (Final) (Warning: LARGE FILE - 29 MB)