The County’s PACE Program Receives Another Award!

The Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program was honored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) with a Planning Achievement Award. The award acknowledges the PACE Program for being an innovative and stateoftheart planning program and practice that will help create communities of lasting value by maintaining the rural community character of San Diego’s backcountry and preserving the residents’ quality of life.

This is the second award for the PACE program, which was also recently recognized by the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association in its “Best Practices” category. Under the PACE Program, willing agricultural property owners are compensated for placing a perpetual easement on their agricultural land limiting future uses and removing any future development potential. As a result, the agricultural land is preserved and the property owner receives compensation that can make its continued use for agriculture more viable. To date, the program has secured easements on over 1,100 acres of agricultural lands.

For more information, please contact Bulmaro Canseco at (858) 694-2216 or Bulmaro.Canseco@sdcounty.ca.gov


Winery Ordinance Stakeholder Workshop

grapesOn July 1 Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Planning & Development Services (PDS) staff hosted a stakeholder workshop on the County Tiered Winery Ordinance Amendment. The purpose of the workshop was to present the proposed revisions to the Tiered Winery Ordinance and to solicit input from interested parties on the proposed changes.   A recording of the workshop can be viewed on PDS’ webpage, scroll down toward the bottom of the page to the “Recorded” tab and click on the July 1, 2015 meeting.

The draft ordinance is available on an Advance Planning webpage.

After comments are received, a revised draft ordinance will be prepared. 

For further information or to submit comments on the draft, contact Heather Lingelser at heather.steven@sdcounty.ca.gov or at (858) 495-5802.  Feel free to call or email her if you would like to be added to our stakeholder list to receive future notifications.


Residential Solar- And EV-Ready Building Code Provisions Are Now In Effect

sunAs of July 1 the County has a new series of County Building Code provisions making new residential construction more accommodating for future installation of solar photovoltaic and electric vehicle charging systems.

County Building Code section 3112 – developed by Planning & Development Services (PDS) Building Services staff and approved by the Board of Supervisors in April – requires the following features in new single-family construction submitted for permit on or after July 1, 2015:

  • A main electrical service panel with sufficient capacity and space for future solar photovoltaic and electric vehicle charging systems.
  • Conduit and electrical junction boxes enabling easier and less invasive future installation of wiring and equipment associated with solar photovoltaic and electric vehicle 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.


Alleyway Gets A Cleanup

fencePDS Code Compliance received a complaint from neighbors about an alleyway in their Spring Valley neighborhood. It had become a dumping ground for old furniture and other waste.


fencaBecause of the isolation of the alley, the area was also vulnerable to graffiti. Staff contacted the property owner who quickly removed the waste and graffiti.


Final Model BMP Design Manual Published

bmpThe San Diego County co-permittees have developed a Model Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual for the San Diego Region to conform to the new development requirements of the 2013 Municipal Storm Water Permit (Order No. R9-2013-0001). 

The manual addresses updated post-construction storm water requirements for Standard Projects (currently Minor Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) projects) and Priority Development Projects (currently  Major SWMP projects), and provides updated procedures for planning, selecting, and designing permanent storm water BMPs. This manual is intended to be used as the basis for jurisdiction-specific manuals, such as the County of San Diego BMP Design Manual, to be released next fall.

The updated requirements in the Model BMP Design Manual for San Diego Region become effective on December 26, 2015 and will replace the current Countywide Standard Urban Runoff Stormwater Management Plan (SUSMP).

The manual can be downloaded at the Project Clean Water website.

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