Forest Conservation Initiative Update: Changes To The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact
Planning & Development Services (PDS) will recirculate
the Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) General Plan Amendment (GPA)
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for public review
from January 14 through February 29, 2016. The Draft SEIR was
previously circulated for public review from February 1, 2013 to March
Reviewers must submit new comments on the recirculated
Draft SEIR. Previously submitted comments may or may not be relevant to
the proposed Project as now described. Comments on the recirculated
Draft SEIR must be received no later than February 29, 2016 at 4:00
P.M. The Draft SEIR will be available after January 11, here.
The FCI, a 1993 voter-approved initiative requiring a
minimum lot size of 40 acres, expired on December 31, 2010. With its
expiration, the former FCI lands reverted to the land use designations
of the previous General Plan (1978) in effect before the FCI was
enacted. The proposed Project involves a GPA to designate
approximately 71,700 acres of former FCI and applicable adjacent lands
consistent with the Guiding Principles and Goals and Policies of the
adopted 2011 General Plan. The project web site.
For any questions, please contact:
Project Manager: Robert Citrano at Robert.Citrano@sdcounty.ca.gov;
Environmental Coordinator: Peter Eichar at Peter.Eichar@sdcounty.ca.gov
Public Workshop On The County
of San Diego BMP Design Manual: Second Draft Release and Critical
Coarse Sediment Yield
The County of San Diego is revising the Model Best
Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual to create a jurisdictionally
specific County BMP Design Manual. The first draft was released and a
workshop was held in December 2015.
The Manual and Appendices incorporate County-specific
guidance for planning, selecting and designing structural BMPs for new
development and redevelopment projects. A second Draft County BMP
Design Manual is scheduled to be released on January 25, 2016.
This draft will address comments received on the first draft, as well
as areas of content not previously covered in the first workshop.
The updated requirements in the manual will become
effective February 26, 2016 and will replace the current County
Standard Urban Runoff Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP).
The BMP Design Manual and Appendices are currently
posted for review here.
Comments on the Second Draft Manual Release will be due
by February 5, 2016. Please submit comments via email to:
Nancy Richardson at Nancy.Richardson@sdcounty.ca.gov
and Laura Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org
The early part of the Workshop will focus on the Second Draft
Release of the BMP Design Manual, while the later part of the workshop
will detail the guidance on Critical Coarse Sediment Yield.
Date and Time:
February 1, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.
County Operations Center, Conference Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland
Avenue, San Diego, 92123
Building Inspector Brian McKeighan
Earns Accessibility Credential
to Brian McKeighan of PDS Building Services
for achieving certification as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp).
Brian, working out of the PDS office
in San Marcos, earned the credential after passing a difficult open-
and closed-book certification exam administered by the California
Division of the State Architect. The exam tests a candidate’s
understanding of hundreds of state and federal accessibility
standards, including detailed construction provisions accommodating
individuals with mobility, vision, hearing, or other accessibility
needs. The exam pass rate typically is less than 25%.
The State of California created
the CASp program to improve inspection of
buildings and sites for accessibility compliance. Access
specialists maintain their certification by earning continuing
education units in training seminars covering accessibility
Help Desk is launched for the Model BMP Design Manual
online Model BMP Design Manual help desk funded by the San Diego
County Co-permittees has been created for the San Diego Region. The
Model BMP Design Manual addresses updated post-construction storm
water requirements and provides guidance for planning, preliminary
design, selection, and design of permanent storm water BMPs based on
the performance standards required by the MS4 Permit for the San
Diego Region [Order No. R9-2013-0001 as amended by R9-2015-001 and
The Help Desk provides a
regional platform to submit technical questions on the Model BMP
Design Manual. Some examples of technical questions are:
- How do I find an 85th
percentile rain event value for particular area?
- How do I determine
the pre-development condition?
- What is a critical
coarse sediment yield area and when must it be considered?
- How must a project
show infeasibility for full stormwater retention?
- How do the revisions
in the County Manual pertaining to SWMM modeling relate to hydromodification requirement exemptions?
- Can “Street Trees” be
used for projects that are not streets?
- Can permeable pavement
be used for a structural BMP?
- How do you determine
the feasibility for “harvest and use” of stormwater?
Non-technical questions related
to County-specific requirements such as submittal requirements,
approval process, project-specific questions and policy-related
issues should be directed to PDS-Land Development at (858)
For more information and to
access the on-line Help Desk, click here or visit: www.projectcleanwater.org
The Code Compliance Corner
a neighbor saw graffiti on a fence in his community he contacted Code
Compliance. Staff quickly reached out to the property owner and the
graffiti was removed.
faster graffiti is removed each time, the less likely tagging will be
repeated in the same location!
Brenda joins PDS after having
worked at San Diego County Departments of Health and Human Services
and Auditor & Controller since 2007. She has over 20 years of
experience in various accounting positions. Brenda’s experience will
benefit the financial section tremendously, and we are pleased to add
her to our team.
Did You Know?
Lakeside was founded in 1886 when 6,600 acres of land
surrounding the naturally occurring Lindo Lake were purchased by the El
Cajon Valley Land Company, who immediately began to promote the new
land as a town and built an 80-room Victorian-style inn, the Lakeside
Hotel. Three years later, in 1889, Lakeside became connected to the
railroad system, and small businesses began to spring up, firmly
establishing Lakeside as a bustling community.