Riverside County has completed a comprehensive planning effort called the Riverside County Integrated Project (RCIP). RCIP integrates three regional planning efforts; a County General Plan, a Community and Environmental Transportation Acceptability Process to determine present and future road-way infrastructure; and a Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) to conserve listed and sensitive species and their habitats. The final MSHCP was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on June 17, 2003.
The MSHCP is a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional effort that includes the County and fourteen cities. Rather than deal with endangered species on a one-by-one basis, this Plan focuses on the conservation of 146 species. The MSHCP consists of a reserve system of approximately 500,000 acres of which approximately 347,0000 acres are currently within public ownership and 153,000 acres are currently in private ownership. An approved MSHCP will contribute to the economic viability of the region by providing landowners, developers, and those who build public infrastructure with certainty, a streamlined regulatory process, and identified project mitigation.