Moe Zarabi Earns Green Building Credential
to Moe Zarabi of Planning & Development Services (PDS) Building
Division for attaining certification as a Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate.
Moe earned the credential after
passing a two-hour, 100-question exam covering green building
terminology, sustainability concepts, project processing, and various
aspects of the U.S. Green Building Councilís LEED rating
ďSo much of what we do in PDS
can directly impact the environment,Ē said Moe, a Land Use and
Environmental Planner. ďThese types of credentials allow us to
demonstrate to the public that we are environmentally conscious and
practicing sustainability in both planning and permitting development
in our county.Ē
Moe plans to pursue a higher
level green building certification, the LEED Accredited Professional
in Neighborhood Development, within the next year.
County BMP Design Manual Posted For Public Comment
County of San Diego is in the process of revising the Model Best
Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual to create a jurisdictionally
specific County BMP Design Manual.
The Manual and Appendices
incorporate County-specific guidance for planning, selecting and
designing structural BMPs for new development and redevelopment
projects in accordance with Provision E.3 of Order Number
R9-2013-0001 as amended by Order Number R9-2015-0001.
The updated requirements in the
County BMP Design Manual may become effective as early as December
24, 2015 and will replace the current County Standard Urban Runoff
Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP).
Stay tuned to upcoming PDS eBLASTís which will provide details on the
posting of the Draft County BMP Design Manual; how to provide input
on the Manual and; any upcoming workshops. For more
information, you may contact Rene Vidales, Program Coordinator with
the Department of Public Works Watershed Program at Rene.Vidales@sdcounty.ca.gov
Code Compliance Makes It Happen!
PDS Code Compliance received a
report from a neighbor about a property owner storing cardboard and
scrap wood in his driveway. It was not only unsightly; the neighbor
felt it posed a fire hazard. Staff quickly made contact and the owner
removed the waste.
On The Move!
Chief Project Planning
Cara has been selected as Chief
of the Project Planning Division. Cara joined the County earlier this
year as a Planning Manager in the Advance Planning Division. She has
extensive and well-rounded experience in the land use field
demonstrated through 11 years of progressive planning experience
working in public agencies and private sector firms. This includes
direct experience working with city, county, and federal agencies
managing high profile public projects. Most recently, she has been
serving as Interim Chief of the Project Planning Division.
Cara has a masterís degree in
Urban Planning from New York University and a bachelorís degree in
Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Her breadth of experience with complex and controversial development
programs will be a significant benefit to our Department.
Chief Land Development
Jarrett has been selected as Chief
of the Land Development Division. Since joining the County of San
Diego in 2004, Jarrett has been a planner in PDS (and the former
DPLU). For the last five years, he has been a Planning Manager in the
Project Planning Division leading teams in processing multi-level
discretionary projects, including preparation of environmental
documents, and providing final recommendations to decision-making
bodies. Most recently, he has been serving as Interim Chief of
the Land Development Division.
In addition to his professional
experience, Jarrett has a masterís degree in Environmental Policy and
a bachelorís degree in Urban Sociology both received from New College
of California. Jarrettís knowledge and experience with our County and
PDS culture, and his broad involvement with our services and
stakeholders, will be a valuable strength in this position.
Land Use/Environmental Planner I
Josh joins PDS as a Land
Use/Environmental Planner I. He has worked for the County of Imperial
for the past six years in their Community & Economic Development
Department. He brings an array of experience, e.g. preparing NEPA and CEQA documents, reviewing
Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Environmental Impact
Reports (EIR), preparing federal and state grants, developing scores
of work to implement grant programs and construction projects, and
developing project budgets. Josh earned his bachelorís degree in
Urban Studies & Planning/History from the University of
California, San Diego.
Land Use/Environmental Planner I
Emma also joins PDS as a Land
Use/Environmental Planner I. Since January, 2014, she has worked for
the City of San Luis Obispo as a planner. Emma has a masterís degree
in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a
bachelorís degree in International Development Studies from the
University of California, Los Angeles. During her graduate studies,
she gained expert knowledge of the principles and practices of
municipal land use, site planning, and design.
Did You Know?
Fallbrook Community Airpark was planned, built and
financed by individual volunteer efforts of members of the community.
In April 1963 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors accepted a deed
for the airport land from the U.S. Navy. On October 28, 1964, the
airfield opened and consisted of a 2,200 foot dirt landing strip. The
airport was originally operated for the County by a nonprofit citizens
group called the Fallbrook Community Air Park. The County resumed
management and operation of the airport in November 1997.