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
The PACE Program is now accepting applications! Applications will be ranked and selected for participation annually, the next application review cycle will occur in Spring 2023. To be notified of future application review cycles and other announcements on the PACE Program, please subscribe to our mailing list by clicking the banner below.
The County’s Board of Supervisors adopted an expansion to the properties eligible to participate in the PACE Program on March 3, 2021 (10).
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:
- Active agriculture for at least two years immediately prior to application
- 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.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Neal at AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov or (858) 505-6677.
The Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program Mitigation Bank and Credits are an expanded component of the PACE Program, approved by the Board of Supervisors on September 17, 2014. With this expanded component, easement lands acquired by the County under the PACE Program can be utilized as off-site mitigation for agricultural impacts resulting from private development projects.
For additional information regarding PACE Mitigation Credits please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.