renewed measure m - environmental oversight committee
The Environmental Oversight Committee (EOC) was formed to oversee the comprehensive environmental mitigation program. The program is funded by 5% of the freeway program. The EOC makes recommendations to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors regarding the allocation of revenues for programmatic mitigation and monitors the implementation of the Master Agreement. The EOC recommendations are sent to the Transportation 2020 Committee, then the full OCTA Board.
The EOC consists of a 12 member Committee appointed by the full OCTA board. Representing the environmental coalition that supported Measure M is Green Vision Team Coordinator Melanie Schlotterbeck. She serves as the Committee's Vice Chair under Chair (and County Supervisor) Pat Bates. The EOC Charter was revised in 2012 to accomodate new advances with the program and provide for alternate members for agency representatives.
The Master Agreement Working Group was charged with developing recommendations for a draft framework for the Master Agreement between OCTA and the Resources Agencies to implement the M2 freeway mitigation program. The EOC approved the Master Agreement and Planning Agreement at its July 2009 meeting.
The Resource Agencies and OCTA agree that the environmental mitigation program will consist of OCTA developing a Natural Communities Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP). The NCCP/HCP will include a conservation strategy to fully mitigate adverse effects to sensitive species and habitat as a result of construction of the freeway improvement projects. Download a copy of the Planning Agreement (13 MB). OCTA is in the process of writing the NCCP/HCP (and its associated environmental review documents) and it will likely be released in Fall 2013 for public review and comment.
OCTA will receive advance credit for acquisition and/or restoration of sensitive species and their habitats even on projects that are not yet permitted by the Resource Agencies. In other words, OCTA can mitigate now for freeway projects not scheduled to begin until much later in the Measure’s 30 year time frame.
The second subcommittee is the Habitat Impacts Working Group. This Working Group was charged with developing recommendations for a draft framework for the Master Agreement between OCTA and the Resources Agencies to implement the M2 freeway mitigation program. The initial step in inventorying the impacts is to figure out first where the freeway projects will occur and second what (if any) natural lands they are adjacent to.
The properties were evaluated and put into groupings. Learn more about the property evaluations on the Measure M Funding page.
Now that the NCCP/HCP is being developed there is no longer a need to continue the two subcommittees. On occassion, ad-hoc committees are formed when the need arises.
Friends of Harbors,
Beaches and Parks