Climate Action Plan

POD 15-002  



On June 9, 2017, the Planning Commission received a presentation on the status of the County of San Diego's Climate Action Plan. The meeting can be viewed on the Planning Commission's webpage

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Planning & Development Services (PDS) staff continues to implement the County's Climate Action Plan (CAP) Public Outreach and Engagement Plan by enlisting numerous local stakeholders and regional collaborators. Throughout Summer 2016, PDS staff met individually and held four visioning sessions with business groups, environmental nonprofits, representatives of academia, and climate planning professionals to understand the climate planning priorities of each industry. A visioning session was also held with the Community Planning/Sponsor Group Chairs in August 2016.

In September 2016, PDS held two public workshops to inform attendees on the input provided during the stakeholder meetings and visioning sessions, and to solicit feedback on potential GHG reduction strategies/measures. In November, PDS held an Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting for the public to get engaged in the environmental review process by commenting on the Notice of Preparation (NOP).  The NOP comment letters are available on the website indicated at the top of this page.  The Draft CAP and EIR are anticipated to be released for CEQA public review in 2017. ________________________________________________________________________________________



The County released the CAP's Public Outreach and Engagement Plan in March 2016. The Outreach Plan summarizes how the County will engage the public and other interested parties in the preparation of a successful CAP and associated EIR.

The goals of the County's outreach efforts are to:

  1. raise awareness of the CAP;
  2. educate the public and other organizations about the CAP;
  3. provide opportunities for input at the various steps of CAP development;
  4. provide opportunities to influence decision-making on the CAP; and 
  5. provide a public process that meets the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines.
As of August 31, 2016, the County has participated in over 30 community events including: a Planning Commission Informational Item on April 22, 2016; the Birch Aquarium Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series, 'A Seat at the Table: UC San Diego at the Paris COP 21 Climate Conference;' the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival; and several Earth Day events throughout the county, among others.


In July 2015, Planning & Development Services staff initiated work on the CAP. The CAP will outline the specific activities the County will undertake to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the unincorporated communities of San Diego County. The CAP will also aid the County to meet State-mandated GHG reduction targets. An EIR will be prepared and will be considered by the Board of Supervisors with the CAP in late 2017/early 2018.

For information regarding the Notice of Preparation for the Climate Action Plan, click here.  


For more information regarding the CAP, or to be added to our stakeholder list to receive future notifications, please contact: 
Bulmaro Canseco | CAP Project Manager | | (858) 694-2216

Media inquiries should be addressed to:
Alex Bell | Group Communications Officer | | (619) 531-5410