Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment for Oak Hills Estate, Santa Barbara County, California, 10713-10714 [2020-03667]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 37 / Tuesday, February 25, 2020 / Notices Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comments from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: April 27, 2020. Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll free number) or email at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410–5000, email Colette Pollard at Colette.Pollard@ hud.gov or telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. ADDRESSES: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES A. Overview of Information Collection Title of Information Collection: Compliance Inspection Report and Mortgagee’s Assurance of Completion. OMB Control Number, if applicable: 2502–0189. Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection. Form Numbers: HUD 92051, HUD– 92300. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Accurate and thorough property information is critical to the accuracy of underwriting for the mortgage insurance process. This information collection is needed to ensure newly built homes financed with FHA mortgage insurance are constructed in accordance with acceptable building standards and that VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:34 Feb 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 deficiencies found in newly constructed and existing dwellings are corrected. Respondents: Mortgagees. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,966. Estimated Number of Responses: 34,834. Frequency of Response: Varies. Average Hours per Response: 0.2. Total Estimated Burden Hours: 6,096. B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. C. Authority Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: February 7, 2020. John L. Garvin, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing. [FR Doc. 2020–03742 Filed 2–24–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2019–N112; FXES11140800000–190–FF08EVEN00] Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment for Oak Hills Estate, Santa Barbara County, California Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10713 availability of a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and associated draft environmental assessment (EA) for activities associated with an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The ITP would authorize take of listed species incidental to construction of a residential development proposed by Oak Hills Estate, LLC (applicant). The applicant developed the draft HCP as part of their application for an ITP. The Service prepared a draft EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the applicant. We invite public comment. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before March 26, 2020. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download a copy of the draft habitat conservation plan and draft environmental assessment at http:// www.fws.gov/ventura/, or you may request copies of the documents by U.S. mail (below) or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Submitting Written Comments: Please send us your written comments using one of the following methods: • U.S. mail: Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. • Email: Rachel_henry@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kendra Chan, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, by phone at 805–677–3304, via the Federal Relay Service at 1–800– 877–8339 for TTY assistance, or at the Ventura address (see ADDRESSES). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft habitat conservation plan (HCP) and the associated draft environmental assessment (EA) in association with an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) by Oak Hills Estate, LLC (applicant). The permit would authorize take of listed species incidental to activities associated with the construction of a residential development proposed by the applicant. The residential development consists of the construction of 29 single-family homes and the creation of one common open-space area on the 16.88-acre project site in northern Santa Barbara County, California. The applicant developed the draft HCP as part of its application for an ITP under the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The Service prepared a draft EA in E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 10714 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 37 / Tuesday, February 25, 2020 / Notices accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the applicant. We invite public comment. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Draft Habitat Conservation Plan Covered Species The applicant has developed a draft HCP in support of its application for an ITP that includes measures to mitigate and minimize impacts to the federally endangered El Segundo blue butterfly (Euphilotes battoides allyni), the federally threatened California redlegged frog (Rana draytonii), and designated critical habitat for the federally endangered Vandenberg monkeyflower (Diplacus vandenbergensis). The ITP would authorize take of El Segundo blue butterfly and California red-legged frog incidental to otherwise lawful activities associated with the HCP-covered activities. Background The Service listed the El Segundo blue butterfly as endangered on June 1, 1976 (41 FR 22041), and the California red-legged frog as threatened on May 23, 1996 (61 FR 25813). The Vandenberg monkeyflower was listed as endangered on August 26, 2014 (79 FR 25797), and critical habitat was designated on August 11, 2015 (80 FR 48141). Section 9 of the ESA and its implementing regulations as applicable to the abovereferenced species prohibit the take of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. ‘‘Take’’ is defined under the ESA to include the following activities: ‘‘[T]o harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct’’ (16 U.S.C. 1532); however, under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, we may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed species. ‘‘Incidental take’’ is defined by the ESA as take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing incidental take permits for threatened and endangered species are in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, respectively. Issuance of an incidental take permit also must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. The permittees would receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations ((50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)) regarding conservation activities for the El Segundo blue butterfly and California red-legged frog. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:34 Feb 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 Proposed Activities DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The applicant has applied for an ITP that would authorize incidental take of El Segundo blue butterfly and California red-legged frog. Take is likely to occur in association with activities necessary to construct a 16.88-acre residential development and to restore 25.41 acres of suitable habitat for the species. The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the El Segundo blue butterfly and California red-legged frog, and mitigation for unavoidable loss of suitable habitat for the El Segundo Blue butterfly, California red-legged frog, and Vandenberg monkeyflower through 7.16 acres of onsite mitigation and restoration of an 18.25-acre fallow farm field on the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve. Bureau of Indian Affairs Alternatives We are considering two alternatives in the draft EA: (1) The no action alternative, in which the Service would not issue an ITP to the applicant to exempt take incidental to the covered activities under the HCP for the Oak Hills Estate project; and (2) The proposed action (preferred alternative), in which the Service would issue an ITP for take of El Segundo blue butterfly and California red-legged frog incidental to the Oak Hills Estate Project, as set out in the HCP. Public Comments If you wish to comment on the permit application, draft HCP, and associated documents, you may submit comments by one of the methods in ADDRESSES. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Stephen Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2020–03667 Filed 2–24–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [201A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] Court of Indian Offenses Serving the Kewa Pueblo (Previously Listed as the Pueblo of Santo Domingo) Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of waiver of certain parts of 25 CFR part 11. AGENCY: This notice follows the action establishing a Court of Indian Offenses (also known as a CFR Court) for the Kewa Pueblo (previously listed as the Pueblo of Santo Domingo). It provides notice that the application of certain sections of the regulations for the Court of Indian Offenses serving the Kewa Pueblo have been waived to allow the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to unilaterally establish a CFR court. It also allows the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs to appoint a magistrate without the need for confirmation by the Tribal governing body. DATES: The waiver took effect on October 7, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action—Indian Affairs, (202) 273–4680; elizabeth.appel@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Courts of Indian Offenses operate in those areas of Indian country where Tribes retain jurisdiction over Indians that is exclusive of State jurisdiction but where Tribal courts have not been established to fully exercise that jurisdiction. The current Traditional Court System of the Kewa Pueblo is unable to provide minimum protections for due process as set forth in 25 U.S.C. 1302(a). To ensure the administration of justice on the Pueblo, BIA has taken steps to establish a Court of Indian Offenses to protect the rights of individuals and ensure public safety. Therefore, the Secretary determined, in his discretion, that it is necessary to waive 25 CFR 11.104(a) and 25 CFR 11.201(a) on the Kewa Pueblo to ensure that the BIA can establish and operate a Court of Indian Offenses immediately. Section 11.104(a) provides that 25 CFR 11 applies to Tribes listed under § 11.100 until either BIA and the Tribe enter into a contract or compact for the Tribe to provide judicial services, or until the Tribe has put into effect a lawand-order code that meets certain requirements. Section 11.201(a) provides that the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 37 (Tuesday, February 25, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2019-N112; FXES11140800000-190-FF08EVEN00]


Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental 
Assessment for Oak Hills Estate, Santa Barbara County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of a draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and associated 
draft environmental assessment (EA) for activities associated with an 
application for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended. The ITP would authorize take of listed 
species incidental to construction of a residential development 
proposed by Oak Hills Estate, LLC (applicant). The applicant developed 
the draft HCP as part of their application for an ITP. The Service 
prepared a draft EA in accordance with the National Environmental 
Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human 
environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the applicant. We invite 
public comment.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before March 26, 2020.

ADDRESSES:  Obtaining Documents: You may download a copy of the draft 
habitat conservation plan and draft environmental assessment at http://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or you may request copies of the documents by 
U.S. mail (below) or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). 
Submitting Written Comments: Please send us your written comments using 
one of the following methods:
     U.S. mail: Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura 
Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola 
Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003.
     Email: [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kendra Chan, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, by phone at 805-677-3304, via the Federal Relay Service at 
1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance, or at the Ventura address (see 
ADDRESSES).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), announce the availability of a draft habitat conservation 
plan (HCP) and the associated draft environmental assessment (EA) in 
association with an application for an incidental take permit (ITP) by 
Oak Hills Estate, LLC (applicant). The permit would authorize take of 
listed species incidental to activities associated with the 
construction of a residential development proposed by the applicant. 
The residential development consists of the construction of 29 single-
family homes and the creation of one common open-space area on the 
16.88-acre project site in northern Santa Barbara County, California. 
The applicant developed the draft HCP as part of its application for an 
ITP under the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.). The Service prepared a draft EA in

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accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) to evaluate the potential effects to the natural 
and human environment resulting from issuing an ITP to the applicant. 
We invite public comment.

Draft Habitat Conservation Plan Covered Species

    The applicant has developed a draft HCP in support of its 
application for an ITP that includes measures to mitigate and minimize 
impacts to the federally endangered El Segundo blue butterfly 
(Euphilotes battoides allyni), the federally threatened California red-
legged frog (Rana draytonii), and designated critical habitat for the 
federally endangered Vandenberg monkeyflower (Diplacus 
vandenbergensis). The ITP would authorize take of El Segundo blue 
butterfly and California red-legged frog incidental to otherwise lawful 
activities associated with the HCP-covered activities.

Background

    The Service listed the El Segundo blue butterfly as endangered on 
June 1, 1976 (41 FR 22041), and the California red-legged frog as 
threatened on May 23, 1996 (61 FR 25813). The Vandenberg monkeyflower 
was listed as endangered on August 26, 2014 (79 FR 25797), and critical 
habitat was designated on August 11, 2015 (80 FR 48141). Section 9 of 
the ESA and its implementing regulations as applicable to the above-
referenced species prohibit the take of fish or wildlife species listed 
as endangered or threatened. ``Take'' is defined under the ESA to 
include the following activities: ``[T]o harass, harm, pursue, hunt, 
shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage 
in any such conduct'' (16 U.S.C. 1532); however, under section 
10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, we may issue permits to authorize incidental 
take of listed species. ``Incidental take'' is defined by the ESA as 
take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of an 
otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing incidental take 
permits for threatened and endangered species are in the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, respectively. 
Issuance of an incidental take permit also must not jeopardize the 
existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. The 
permittees would receive assurances under our ``No Surprises'' 
regulations ((50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)) regarding 
conservation activities for the El Segundo blue butterfly and 
California red-legged frog.

Proposed Activities

    The applicant has applied for an ITP that would authorize 
incidental take of El Segundo blue butterfly and California red-legged 
frog. Take is likely to occur in association with activities necessary 
to construct a 16.88-acre residential development and to restore 25.41 
acres of suitable habitat for the species.
    The HCP includes avoidance and minimization measures for the El 
Segundo blue butterfly and California red-legged frog, and mitigation 
for unavoidable loss of suitable habitat for the El Segundo Blue 
butterfly, California red-legged frog, and Vandenberg monkeyflower 
through 7.16 acres of on-site mitigation and restoration of an 18.25-
acre fallow farm field on the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve.

Alternatives

    We are considering two alternatives in the draft EA:
    (1) The no action alternative, in which the Service would not issue 
an ITP to the applicant to exempt take incidental to the covered 
activities under the HCP for the Oak Hills Estate project; and
    (2) The proposed action (preferred alternative), in which the 
Service would issue an ITP for take of El Segundo blue butterfly and 
California red-legged frog incidental to the Oak Hills Estate Project, 
as set out in the HCP.

Public Comments

    If you wish to comment on the permit application, draft HCP, and 
associated documents, you may submit comments by one of the methods in 
ADDRESSES.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying 
information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able 
to do so.

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.) and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

Stephen Henry,
Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2020-03667 Filed 2-24-20; 8:45 am]
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