California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)


The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (DAS) provides animal-related law enforcement, sheltering, medical, and pet adoption services to the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Currently, the County DAS owns and operates two animal shelter facilities in the San Diego region: one located in the community of Bonita and the other in the city of Carlsbad. The proposed project would replace the existing Bonita Shelter located at 5821 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, California. The proposed project would be constructed to meet the County DAS current and projected needs for the County. The proposed project would provide animal services in a modern facility and would have the capacity for the transfer of all the Bonita Shelter animals and services, including all livestock. The Carlsbad Shelter, which was redeveloped and expanded in 2005, would remain open and all other services and functions would remain unchanged.

The County proposes the construction of an approximately 24,000-square-foot animal shelter on vacant, undeveloped County-owned land within the boundaries of the city of Santee (the southern portion of APN 381-050-69-00). The project would consist of four separate buildings with an internal, secure and open courtyard, an outdoor livestock area, an activity yard, a staff parking lot, and a public parking lot. The two parking lots would utilize one driveway for ingress and egress from Riverview Parkway. The four buildings would contain medical facilities, administration and adoption areas, including a small community room, and boarding areas for dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals. Off-site improvements would include sidewalk, and landscape improvements along the project frontage of Riverview Parkway. Construction is anticipated to begin in August 2022 and end in February 2024. 

The proposed project is located north of Riverview Parkway and west of North Magnolia Avenue on County of San Diego owned land that lies within the boundaries of the city of Santee (City).

Access to the project site would be from Interstate 8, State Route 52, State Route 67, and State Route 125, as well as major arterial roadways and public transportation services. The nearest trolley station (Santee Town Center) is located approximately 1.5 miles southwest of the project site and the nearest bus stop is located at the intersection of Riverview Parkway and North Magnolia Avenue, approximately 528 feet southeast of the project site.

Public review period (December 15, 2020 - January 14, 2021) Public Review Notice/Legal Ad

*indicates revised document after public review

Due to the County’s emergency declaration to address COVID-19 and the statewide stay at home order, the County has temporarily closed all County facilities to the public. Thus, hard copies of the MND are not available at this time.  An electronic version of the MND is available for download via the hyperlinks above. If you cannot digitally access the MND document for review, please contact Melanie Tylke for options to obtain a hard copy.

For more information, please contact:
County of San Diego
Attention: Melanie Tylke, Project Manager
5560 Overland Avenue, Suite 410
San Diego, California 92123
Phone number: (619) 616-9326