RESIDENTIAL SOLAR-PV & EV-READY BUILDING CODE
PROVISIONS TAKE EFFECT JULY 1
On April 8th the Board of Supervisors approved the
amended County Building Code to make new residential construction more
accommodating for future installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) and
electric vehicle (EV) charging systems.
The code amendment was drafted by PDS
Building Services staff after discussions with several stakeholders -
building industry, renewable energy, and environmental advocacy
stakeholder. The following features will be required in new
single-family construction submitted for permit on or after July 1,
- A main electrical
service panel with sufficient capacity and space for future solar
PV and EV charging systems.
- Conduit and electrical
junction boxes enabling easier and less invasive future
installation of wiring and equipment associated with solar PV and
EV charging systems.
- South-facing roof area
free of obstructions and reserved for a future roof-mounted solar
photovoltaic or solar water heating system.
The features specified in the amendment will add an
estimated $300 to $400 in cost to a new single-family dwelling.
However, this added upfront expense is significantly less than the
costs associated with retrofitting an existing home to install similar
features at a later date.
LAST CHANCE IN 2015 TO APPLY FOR THE PACE PROGRAM!
The Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement
(PACE) Program is currently soliciting applications, now through April
30th! After the deadline there will be no other opportunities to apply
this year. This program provides financial compensation to eligible
property owners in exchange for placing an agricultural conservation
easement on their property. If you, or someone you know is interested
in conserving their agricultural land within the County of San Diego
please have them call (858) 505-6677 or email AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov.
Application materials and program information can be
found on the PACE website.
COUNTY PROGRAM PROMOTES AGRICULTURE
June 26, 2013, the Board directed the Chief Administrative Officer to
look for ways to reduce regulations and providing more opportunities
for agricultural ventures, such as microbreweries and cheese-making, to
further support small-scale agricultural operations and promote
agricultural tourism throughout the unincorporated portions of the
County. PDS reviewed agriculture promotion efforts and drafted
a work plan for a program promoting local agriculture through changes
to regulations in zoning.
Staff met with several of the
County’s agriculture stakeholders to gather input on formulating the
program. PDS kicked off a contract with a consultant in
February 2015 and has been meeting with the Live Well San Diego
County Food Systems Working Group to elicit feedback and disseminate
information throughout the organization.
A number of new agricultural
initiatives, such as agricultural tourism and increasing public
interest in the “farm to table” movement, are supporting local
agriculture and fostering the growth of new agricultural
ventures. An analysis of the Zoning Ordinance indicates that
there are opportunities to update and amend regulations to keep the
County’s agricultural regulations in line with current trends and
expand opportunities for farmers and ranchers. The program is
to prepare Zoning Ordinance amendments and permit processing
improvements that would be brought back to the Board for
adoption. Upcoming issues of the eBLAST
will provide further updates on this important program so stay tuned!
ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD NUISANCE REMOVED
neighbors El Cajon called PDS Code Compliance about a property that
had large piles of scrap lumber, appliances, clothing, and other
waste in the yard and on the deck of the house. When the property
owner failed to clean the property, Code Compliance proceeded with a public nuisance abatement.
of rats scattered as the County contractor removed 49.5 tons of
waste. Code Compliance immediately contacted Department of
Environmental Health, Vector Control (DEH) for assistance. DEH staff
provided the property owner with traps and an education on prevention
of rat infestations. Good coordination of County staff resulted in
the removal of another neighborhood public nuisance.