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,7190436A-6:25782A/,(A" .. &A)+- A#!*$A*'--A+%.+%!*# ##" <br />w i.rn'=FE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE <br />SERVICE <br />Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office <br />Jk 2177 Salk Avenue, Suite. 250 <br />Carlsbad, California 92008 <br />� TNx <br />In Reply Refer to: <br />FWS/CDFW-OR-21 B0102-21 CPA0063 <br />Seimone Jurjis <br />Director, Community Development Department <br />City of Newport Beach <br />100 Civic Center Drive <br />Newport Beach, California 92660 <br />Received After Agenda Printed <br />April 27, 2021 <br />Item No. SS3 <br />CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF <br />FISH AND WILDLIFE <br />South Coast Region <br />3883 Ruffin Road <br />San Diego, California 92123 <br />April 26, 2021 <br />Sent by Email <br />Subject: City of Newport Beach General Plan Draft Housing Element Update, March 10, 2021 <br />Dear Seimone Jurjis: <br />This letter responds to the draft City of Newport Beach (City) 2021-2029 Housing Element that <br />is being prepared in response to the Southern California Association of Governments Regional <br />Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) for the 2021-2029 planning period. As part of this update, <br />the City is required to identify sites to meet the City's RHNA 4,845 housing unit growth need <br />allocation. To identify candidate sites for accommodating the RHNA allocation, the City has <br />prepared an Adequate Sites Inventory to assess the feasibility of various parcels to redevelop <br />during the planning period. Two of the identified sites, Coyote Canyon and Banning Ranch, are <br />specifically addressed by the Orange County Central and Coastal Subregions Natural Community <br />Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP). Therefore, we, the U.S. Fish and <br />Wildlife Service (Service) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department), offer <br />the following comments to assist the City in completing its Housing Element update consistent <br />with the provisions of the NCCP/HCP. <br />On June 21, 2007, the Service issued a section 10(a)(1)(B) (TE 136064-0) permit under the Federal <br />Endangered Species Act (Act) of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), to the City for the <br />NCCP/HCP, and the City signed the NCCP/HCP Implementation Agreement on November 22, <br />1999, authorizing Take' of Identified Species in conjunction with Planned Activities pursuant to <br />the Natural Community Conservation Planning Act and the California Endangered Species Act. <br />The purpose of the NCCP/HCP is to protect and manage habitat supporting a broad range of <br />plant and animal populations found within the Central and Coastal subregions while providing <br />for economic uses that meet the social and economic needs of the people within these subregions. <br />To achieve this purpose, the NCCP/HCP established a subregional Habitat Reserve System to <br />minimize and mitigate impacts to Identified Species and Covered Habitats from implementation <br />of Planned Activities by Participating Landowners and signatory Local Governments. As a <br />signatory Local Government, some of the City's NCCP/HCP responsibilities include: formally <br />1 Capitalized terms in this letter are used to identify defined terms in the NCCP/HCP. <br />