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 2018 Application Cycle will open on February 12th 2018  


PACE Program applications are now available online and at the offices of Planning & Development Services at 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123 during business hours.

To apply for the PACE Program,

  • The first review of PACE Applications will take place on March 16th, 2018
  • The final submission date of PACE Applications is April 27th, 2018


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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