Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program

The County of San Diego has an agricultural conservation program known as the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program. The PACE Program promotes the long term preservation of agriculture in the County of San Diego.

Under the PACE Program, willing agricultural property owners are compensated for placing a perpetual easement on their property that limits future uses to agriculture. As a result, the agricultural land is preserved and the property owner receives compensation making the land’s continued use for agriculture more viable.

Program Contact:  Eira Whitty | AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov | (858) 505-6677


The PACE Program is excited to announce a new PACE application cycle from

August 22, 2018-September 21, 2018


To apply, please complete a PACE Application for the eligible agricultural property and submit it to AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov

To determine eligibility, please review the PACE Program’s eligibility requirements below.

If you have any questions, please contact Eira Whitty at AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov or (858) 505-6677


The Eligibility Requirements for the PACE Program are:

1. The property must have been actively farmed and/or ranched for a minimum of two years prior to participating in the Program

2. The property must have realized a density reduction as a result of the General Plan adopted by the Board on August 3, 2011

3. The property must have had the ability to subdivide under the previous General Plan (in effect prior to August 3, 2011)


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