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File #: 20-0586    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 4/20/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 5/19/2020 Final action: 5/19/2020
Title: Planning and Building Department, Planning Division, recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection reappointing Tiffany Schmid, Director of the Planning and Building Department, as El Dorado County's primary authorized designee and adding Robert Peters, Deputy Director of Planning, as El Dorado County's secondary authorized designee to review Timberland Conversion Permits (or equivalent) and Less Than 3 Acre Conversion Exemptions. FUNDING: There is no funding associated with this action.
Attachments: 1. A - California Board of Forestry Letter_08.23.17.pdf, 2. B - BOS Letter to CA Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.pdf, 3. Executed Letter to CA Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
Related files: 17-1017, 19-0034
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Planning and Building Department, Planning Division, recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection reappointing Tiffany Schmid, Director of the Planning and Building Department, as El Dorado County's primary authorized designee and adding Robert Peters, Deputy Director of Planning, as El Dorado County's secondary authorized designee to review Timberland Conversion Permits (or equivalent) and Less Than 3 Acre Conversion Exemptions.

FUNDING: There is no funding associated with this action.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
Traditionally, Timberland Conversion Permits and Less Than 3 Acre Conversion Exemptions have been reviewed by the Planning Division for compliance with local regulations. Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs) will prepare the applications with the local authorities providing acknowledgement that the timber operation is compliant with local regulations. Although this had not been a formalized process in the past, the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection sent the County a letter dated August 23, 2017 requesting the County formally appoint an authorized designee in order to improve the communication between the RPFs, local jurisdictions, CAL FIRE, and the State Board of Forestry (Attachment A).

On January 15, 2019, Legistar File 19-0034, Item No. 20, the Board authorized the Chair to sign a letter to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection appointing Tiffany Schmid, Director of Planning and Building, as El Dorado County’s primary designee and Anne Novotny, Deputy Director of Planning, as El Dorado County’s authorized secondary designee to review Timberland Conversion Permits (or equivalent) and Less Than 3 Acre Conversion Exemptions.

In September 2019, Anne Novotny resigned her position as Deputy Director of Planning. On November 9, 2019, Robert Peters was hired as the new Deputy Director of Planning.

ALTERNATIVES
1) The Board...

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