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(a) The department or a political subdivision may participate in the study and preparation for and creation of a habitat conservation plan.
(b) Subject to this subchapter, the department or a political subdivision may participate in the study and preparation for and creation of a regional habitat conservation plan.
(c) Subject to this subchapter, a political subdivision, including a municipality acting within its corporate limits or its extraterritorial jurisdiction, in order to facilitate the creation of a habitat preserve and the setting aside of land to protect a species protected under a conservation agreement, may:
(1) purchase land, easements, or leases; and
(2) enter into an agreement with a landowner to establish alternative land development standards for a tract of land.
(d) A plan participant may accept a federal permit in conjunction with a regional habitat conservation plan only if the qualified voters of a plan participant have authorized the issuance of bonds or other debt financing in an amount equal to the estimated cost of acquiring all land for habitat preserves within the time required by this subchapter or the plan participant has demonstrated that adequate sources of funding exist to acquire all land for habitat preserves within the time required by this subchapter.
(e) A governmental entity may not implement a regional habitat conservation plan or apply for a federal permit in conjunction with a regional habitat conservation plan if:
(1) the federal act is repealed; or
(2) the endangered species that are subject to conservation and protection under the federal permit cease to be listed as endangered or threatened by the United States Department of the Interior.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Texas Parks and Wildlife Code - PARKS & WILD § 83.013. Authority of Department or Political Subdivision - last updated April 14, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/parks-and-wildlife-code/parks-wild-sect-83-013/
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