Planning & Development Services Support For Survivors Continues A Year After Wildfires

fireA year after the May 2014 wildfires, Planning & Development (PDS) staff maintain contact with fire survivors who lost homes or property to assist them in navigating the rebuild effort.

An example of PDS continuing to reach out to the community: On Saturday, April 18, PDS participated in a mini local assistance center, organized by the Red Cross, at the Elfin Forest-Harmony Grove Fire Station. The goal was to connect fire survivors with the resources that can help them.

About 50 people attended the day-long event, which offered fire survivors a one-stop shop to ask questions and learn about a variety of available services. Other participating organizations included the Office of Emergency Services, County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, Red Cross, Salvation Army, 211, and several non-profit groups established to help fire survivors.


PDS Earns Top Honors!

taxThe San Diego County Taxpayers Association Grand Golden Watchdog Awards honor government programs which efficiently use tax dollars for public good.  The PDS effort to overhaul the building permit process to make it faster, easier and less expensive was honored in the category of Golden Watchdog. PDS created a web portal that serves as a virtual building permit center. The public can submit plans online and staff can also review and issue permits online. The streamlined process has saved taxpayers $380,000 annually. For more information on this program click on Planning & Development Services Customers Get New Online Services


Agriculture Promotion Program

PDS Advance Planning staff have been preparing a preliminary draft Zoning Ordinance Amendment intended to expand opportunities for farmers and ranchers, by proposing a number of new agricultural initiatives, including agricultural tourism and agricultural microbreweries.

The next step in the process is the initiation of the public review period of the Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report and the release of a preliminary draft ordinance. These documents will be available on the PDS Advance Planning website by June 19, 2015.

A public Scoping Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015from 6:00 –m – 8:00 pm in the Hearing Room at the County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123. For further information contact Heather Lingelser at heather.steven@sdcounty.ca.gov or at (858) 495-5802. Feel free to call or email if you have any questions or if you would like to be added to our stakeholder list to receive future notifications.


PACE Application period extended to June 15, 2015


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PDS Staff Support Healthy, Safe And Thriving Communities

runOn Saturday, May 30, PDS staff made sure to ‘Live Well’ when they participated in the second annual Live Well San Diego 5K walk at NTC Park in Point Loma, near Liberty Station.  Close to 2,000 people came out to the fun run (or walk), and the event raised funds to help children at the Polinsky Center.  For more information regarding Live Well San Diego or the Live Well San Diego 5K, visit www.livewellsd.org and www.livewellsd5k.com.


Code Compliance Gets It Done!

codeNeighbors contacted PDS Code Compliance about a vacant rental house in Spring Valley. The tenant had moved out and left a large amount of household waste, furniture and junk in the front yard.


codebThe neighbors reported that the house was unlocked and they were concerned that vagrants or other unauthorized people might use the house as a place for drug use and sales. Staff directed the property owner to clean the property. Three citations later the property was finally cleaned and the neighbors are happy!


Changes to the County’s Watershed Protection Ordinance Effective June 12

On May 13, the Board of Supervisors approved an update to the County’s Watershed Protection Ordinance (WPO). This ordinance establishes best management practices (BMPs) for managing stormwater runoff within unincorporated areas.  Changes to the WPO were required to maintain compliance with a 2013 Municipal Stormwater Permit issued to the County and cities by a state agency – the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).  The purpose of the WPO is to protect water resources and to improve water quality in local creeks, lakes, and other water bodies, including the Pacific Ocean. The WPO takes effect on June 12, and can be viewed here

Important changes include more stringent runoff controls for new development and redevelopment projects which will take effect by the end of 2015; these were addressed as part of this WPO update for purposes of efficiency.  Stormwater management requirements for development projects will be further developed and presented in the BMP Design Manual, which is currently in draft form and can be reviewed at www.projectcleanwater.org. Following receipt of comments from the RWQCB on the Regional BMP Design Manual, the County will be required to develop a local version of the BMP Design Manual to be enforced within its jurisdictional boundaries no later than December 27, 2015.


Welcome Aboard!


ilianaIliana Mancini

Accounting Technician

Iliana joins Support Services as an Accounting Technician. She comes to PDS from the Treasurer-Tax Collector with 10 years of experience, and has been with the County since 1998. Iliana’s experience will benefit the finance section tremendously, and we are pleased to add her to our team.


JillJill Reiss

Administrative Analyst I

Jill joins Support Services as an Administrative Analyst I. She returns to the County after a four year hiatus. Jill has a Masters in Health Education from SDSU and a Bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies from UC Berkeley. We are excited to have Jill as part of our support team. 


TylerTyler Lew

Code Enforcement Officer

Tyler joins Code Compliance by way of the Child Support Services department. He has been with the County since 2009, most recently as a Child Support Officer. Tyler earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from SDSU.


JoeJoseph Valencia

Code Enforcement Officer

Joseph joins Code Compliance transferring from the County Probation Department. He has been with the County since 2014, most recently as a Detentions Information Assistant.



Nicole Morris

Land Use Aide

Nicole joins Code Compliance as a Land Use Aide. She has worked for the County since 2013 at the Department of Animal Services. She earned her Associate’s degree in Social and Behavioral Studies from Palomar College. Nicole will be providing administrative support to the Division, as well as customer service to our County residents.


GerardoGerardo Vargas

Code Enforcement Officer

Gerardo joins Code Compliance by way of the Sheriff’s Department. He has been with the County since 2011, most recently as a Detentions Processing Technician. Gerardo earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from SDSU.


AleenaAleena Benedito

Land Use Aide

Aleena may already be a familiar face to some of you; she joined the County in August, 2013 as a Student Worker. In May, 2015, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from SDSU. Aleena has already proven herself to be a valued asset to the Division and our customers, and we look forward to watching her career grow.


mandyMandy Duong

Land Use Aide

Mandy may also be a familiar face to some of you; she has been a Student Worker in the Building Division since May, 2014. In May, 2015, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from SDSU. Mandy is already a valued member of our Building Division and we are anxious to see what her future holds.



Tabina Tonekaboni

Land Use Aide

Tabina was once a Student Worker in PDS, and upon graduation, was hired by the Health and Human Services Agency. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and City Planning from UCSD. We are happy to welcome Tabina back to our PDS team, and look forward to seeing her serving our customers on the front line.


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