Project Planning


Welcome to Project Planning. We are the PDS Division that reviews “discretionary” projects. Those are projects that builders and homeowners cannot do “by right,” but which may be approved by PDS’s director, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission or the Board of Supervisors if the projects meet certain conditions. Discretionary projects include lot splits, major subdivisions and conditionally-permitted uses. We also process applicants' requests for General Plan Amendments and Zoning changes.


Use the Discretionary Permit Cost Guide to get an idea of how much the County portion of your project may cost. 

You can also use the online Initial Study Research Report to obtain preliminary parcel development & environmental information for properties located within unincorporated San Diego County. The report also includes detailed property maps, General Plan and Zoning Information.

Here are some important Division links: