Increased Transparency with Trust Accounts
The County is committed to providing exceptional
customer service and Planning & Development Services (PDS) is
excited to announce the recent implementation of the Overdraft Project
for customers with land use projects/permits with PDS as well as other
departments such as the Department of Public Works.
As of February 29, 2016, land use customers that have
associated trust accounts (i.e. formerly Developer Deposit accounts)
can now see their actual real-time account balances including both
posted and pending
charges in the trust account on the County’s Accela Citizen Access
(ACA) website: https://publicservices.sdcounty.ca.gov/CitizenAccess/
Prior to the implementation of the Overdraft Project,
customers were unable to see actual balances in trust accounts, because
it did not reflect any pending charges to the account. This system
improvement will let customers know whether or not additional funds are
needed in the trust account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year without having to request their
available balance from the Project Manager.
The primary goal of the Overdraft Project is to improve
transparency of the financial activity of customer trust accounts and
PDS looks forward to continual improvements to provide customers with
the most efficient and accurate account information.
For more information on the County’s ACA website and how
you can use it to conduct research, make online payments, and perform
other business activities, please visit here. If you have further questions,
please contact one of our team members in the PDS Trust Account
Customer Service Unit at PDSDevDep@sdcounty.ca.gov or at
Winery Ordinance Amendment - Board Of
Supervisors Hearing scheduled for April 27, 2016
On August 4, 2010, the Board of Supervisors approved
Zoning Ordinance Amendments to establish a Tiered Winery Ordinance. A
primary component of the ordinance was the creation of a Boutique
Winery tier, which allowed for tasting rooms in conjunction with
ongoing agricultural vineyard operations. Since its adoption, a number
of issues have arisen that affect the adequate implementation of the
PDS held workshops on January 17, 2014, and July 1,
2015, in order to gather information and comments to utilize in
formulating the proposed amendments to the Tiered Winery Ordinance.
PDS staff prepared draft Ordinance amendments in order
to resolve discrepancies with existing ordinance language. These
amendments would not change the purpose or intent of the Ordinance, but
propose to eliminate any ambiguity in the requirements for different
winery types and strengthen the County’s ability to document compliance
with the Ordinance.
On February 5, 2016, the Planning Commission voted to
recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve staff’s proposed
amendments to the Winery Ordinance with the modification to the
Boutique Winery tier to permit wine to be imported as part of the 25%
percent out-of-County allowance, and that the Ordinance be modified to
specify that sourced wine from within San Diego consist of wine made
with San Diego County grapes.
The ordinance will be presented to the Board of
Supervisors for their consideration on April 27, 2016. The
Board Letter and attachments will be available 10 days prior to the
meeting at the following link.
Please call or email Heather Lingelser at 858-495-5802
or firstname.lastname@example.org if
you have any questions regarding this project.
County Announces Climate Action Plan Outreach
County’s Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS)
released its blueprint during the week of March 30, 2016 to enlist the
public’s help to create a County Climate Action Plan that would cut
greenhouse gas emissions.
The outreach plan includes
working with environmental conservation groups, business
organizations and interested members of the public, inviting people
to get involved, meeting with the County’s community advisory groups,
and holding public workshops.
Planning & Development
Services officials said the department plans to complete a proposed
Climate Action Plan by the fall of 2017 for the County’s Board of
Supervisors to consider.
County planners expect to hold
their first public workshop in the fall of 2016, to get feedback from
county residents on the development of draft measures the County
could take to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The tentative schedule for the
Climate Action Plan process includes working with the public and
stakeholders, drafting a plan and an environmental impact report,
holding public hearings and delivering a proposed plan to the Board
of Supervisors for possible approval.
People who would like to get
information on the Climate Action Plan, the process, or to receive
notifications about the plan should contact project manager Bulmaro
Canseco at Bulmaro.Canseco@sdcounty.ca.gov.
For more information about the
Climate Action Plan and the public outreach plan, go to the Planning
& Development Services Climate Action Plan Web page.
San Diego Hydrology Model (SDHM) 3.0 Training
County of San Diego Best Management Practice (BMP) Design Manual was
published in late February 2016, prior to the requirements of the
2013 Municipal Stormwater Permit becoming effective on February 26,
2016. Chapter 6 of the Manual discusses Hydromodification
Management requirements for Priority Development Projects (PDPs),
where flow control facilities for Hydromodification
management must be designed based on continuous simulation hydrologic
modeling, either by project-specific modeling or by using sizing
factors published in the March 2011 Final Hydromodification
Management Plan (HMP) document.
San Diego Hydrology Model (SDHM)
is one of the software models listed in Appendix G (Section G.1.2) of
the BMP Design Manual. Where version 3.0 is an update from the
2015 version, it uses terminology consistent with the BMP Design
Manual and also contains updated rainfall data. Training for the 3.0
Version of SDHM will be available through a full-day Workshop for
Model Users and a half-day Workshop for Model Reviewers.
Full-day Workshop for Model
- Tuesday, May 3, 2016
from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Workshop for Model Reviewers:
- Wednesday, May 4,
2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- County Operations
Center, Conference Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Avenue,
San Diego, 92123
the SDHM 3.0 Workshops is available until April 27 at: http://sandiego.apwa.net/events/13959/
April Is Customer Appreciation Month
County of San Diego and PDS are committed to using a positive
approach to provide you, our customers, with a positive
experience. This includes working with HEART every day –
Helpfulness, Expertise, Attentiveness, Respect, and Timeliness.
We would like to thank all of our customers for working with us to
build strong and sustainable communities in San Diego County.
Below are just some of the customer comments recently received by PDS
that show true HEART:
I have had the pleasure of
working with Linda [Vo]. During a stressful time, she was always
there to answer my questions in a prompt and professional manner.
Linda went above and beyond to ensure that I received the highest
level of customer service.”
– Michael Cosper,
Owner of Anytime Fitness Poway
“Steve [Murray] I want to tell
you how much I appreciate your conduct of Tuesday’s meeting… You were
professional, helpful, courteous, respectful, knowledgeable, and
fair. You explained each balance of issues in a way that
allowed [us] to understand the reasons for your conclusions.
Count me among your raving fans.”
– Cindy Eldred, Esq.
From a customer who lost his
home in the Jamul Fire to the Building Division for their
assistance: “It was amazing!! We got it done in one
day! Thank you so much. They were very helpful.”
– Mike Bilodeau,
IO Environmental & Infrastructure
Building Inspector II, Building
Steve joins the Building
Division as a Building Inspector II. He relocated to San Diego from
Temple City, where he has worked as a Building Inspector for the past
8.5 years. Prior to his work with Temple City, Steve was employed for
two years in the construction industry. The County of San Diego and
its citizens are sure to benefit from Steve’s wealth of experience
and expertise, making him an outstanding addition to our PDS
Land Use/Environmental Planner
I, Project Planning Division
Conor returns to PDS as a
Planner in the Project Planning Division after spending the last year
and a half as a CAO Staff Officer in the LUEG Executive Office.
Conor holds two Bachelor’s Degrees: one in Geology and the other in
International Environmental Policy. With the extensive experience
Conor has gained in the LUEG Office and his prior experience with
environmental documentation review and processing of federal and
state permits, we are excited to welcome him back.
Did You Know?
is prime time to venture out to our local desert and view the
wildflowers. Agua Caliente County Park is a 910 acres
park with geothermally heated springs located just west of
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, in eastern San Diego County.
Spring water pools include an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor
wading pool for children, and an indoor heated therapeutic spa.
Site amenities include a caravan area, full and partial hookup RV
sites, non-hookup sites, tent camping, and cabins. Facilities
include shuffle board, horseshoes, day use picnic area, and dressing
rooms. Almost 4 miles of hiking trails from flat terrain to
steep rocky trails are perfect for wildflower viewing. The park
is open from Labor Day weekend until the last weekend in May.