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:  Stephanie Neal | AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov | (858) 505-6677


2020 PACE Application Cycle is now closed! 

Key dates for the 2020 PACE application cycle are:

Monday, February 3, 2020        PACE application period opens

Monday, March 2, 2020            First review of PACE applications

Wednesday, March 18, 2020    Final submission date for PACE application

If you have questions regarding the 2020 PACE Application Cycle, please email your questions to Stephanie Neal at AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov


The County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) Measure T-1.2 identifies the expansion of the PACE Program in order to achieve GHG reduction goal of 443 acres preserved in 2020. County staff is currently updating the PACE Guidelines in order to align with CAP Measure T-1.2.