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2015-01-29

STOP government 'land grab' in Hill Country

Courtesy of Kendall County Watchdog

San Antonio area developers are up to no good again. They're planning to "steal" land in Boerne and Bandera so they can develop protected lands in San Antonio.
Due to the Endangered Species Act, developers cannot develop more land in certain parts of San Antonio because it's the habitat of federally protected species. So, rather than move their developments elsewhere, developers are on the march to heist land from private landowners in surrounding counties as a way to re-locate the "habitat" further away. One of the proposed plans would require three acres of private property in the outlying counties for every one acre developed in a designated habitat in San Antonio - aka Bexar County.
Bexar County and City of San Antonio are seeking approval for its Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP, as well as for an Incidental Take Permit - aka permission to "steal" private property. Public input is essential to stopping this land grab.
It is important for citizens to attend public hearings on the Habitat Conservation Permit and tell authorities that they want the "No ACTION Alternative."
The US Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, will conduct public meetings in Helotes and Kerrville to obtain comments on the Southern Edwards Plateau draft Habitat Conservation Plan (dHCP), draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) and an incidental take permit application.
Public meetings will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm at each location. The dates and locations for the public meetings are:
• Tuesday, Feb. 3
Casa Helotes Senior Center
12070 Leslie Road in Helotes
• Wednesday, Feb. 4
YO Ranch Conference Center
2033 Sidney Baker in Kerrville
Possible forms of "mitigation" could include on-site preservation of habitat, acquisition of off-site preserve lands - aka "steal private property" - or purchase of conservation credits from an independent conservation bank. This involves asking landowners not to develop or use their land for the 30 years of the permit. Don't let the government restrict how you can use and enjoy your private property!
The permit area, i.e., where incidental take will be permitted, includes Bexar County and those portions of the City of San Antonio's extraterritorial jurisdiction -ETJ - that do or will expand into Medina, Kendall and Bandera counties over the 30-year life of the permit.
To submit written comments, please use one of the following methods, and note that your comment is in reference to the SEP dHCP and dEIS:
• Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
• Follow the instructions for submitting comments
on Docket No. FWS-R2-ES-2014-0053.
• Tell them you want the 'No ACTION alternative.'
Comments must be received on or before March 19 at 11:59 pm.
Citizens who do not live in affected areas are urged to submit comments, too. It will only be a matter of time before similar plan takes your private property!