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



2021 Pace Application Cycle

The County’s Board of Supervisors recently adopted an expansion to the properties eligible to participate in the PACE Program on March 3, 2021 (10).

March 3, 2021 Board of Supervisors Hearing Report Documents

This expansion no longer requires that applicants must have experienced a density reduction under the 2011 General Plan Update. Properties must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for the expanded program:

  1. Active agriculture for at least two years immediately prior to application
  2. Property must be zoned A70 – Limited Agriculture, A72 – General Agriculture, RR – Rural Residential, S90 – Holding Area, or S92 – General Rural

To determine Zoning and program eligibility, please generate a Property Summary Report for the property using the Self-Service portal.

Key dates for the 2021 PACE application cycle are:

  • Monday, March 22, 2021

PACE application period opens

  • Monday, April 19, 2021

First review of PACE applications

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Final submission date for PACE applications

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