Community Benefits Agreements

POD: 21-007

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Project

The project is to investigate the feasibility and resources needed for the County to establish CBA programs, policies and/or guidelines and return to the Board with options for additional consideration and direction including:

  • Guidelines for the County to facilitate mandatory Community Benefits Agreements (CBA) between developers and community members, including items such as prevailing wage, local hire, job outreach to disadvantaged communities, other items as appropriate including a focus on the nexus between the negative impact on the community and the project being proposed  
  • Guidelines for the types of development projects that would be subject to CBAs, including warehouses, business parks, hospitals, renewable energy projects, large scale housing projects, and any other large-scale projects that have a significant negative impact on the surrounding community
  • Guidelines for the County to negotiate and enter into CBAs with developers, including identification of potential incentives that the County could offer in return for community benefits   

Public Hearings

The County of San Diego Board of Supevisors will conduct a public hearing on Community Benefits Agreements. More information on the public hearing is provided below.

Hearing Information
Date:    September 28, 2022 
Time:    9:00 a.m. 
Location:    County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 310, San Diego, California 92101

Public Participation
Those wishing to participate in the meeting and/or comment should visit the Clerk of the Board website at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/cob/bosa.html. If you have any questions, please contact please contact the Board Operations Unit at (619) 531-5434 or via email to publiccomment@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Past Public Hearings 
Staff provided an informational presentation on the CBA best practice research, stakeholder input, and draft options to the Planning Commission on September 9, 2022. A recording of the hearing is available on the Planning Commission website at https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/PC/sop/PCHearing_stream.html.

Project Background

On February 10, 2021 (2), the Board of Supervisors (Board) heard Options to Streamline Renewable Energy Projects in the unincorporated areas of the county. The Board directed staff to return with further analysis on a zoning ordinance update for renewable energy projects and research other related items, including community benefits agreements (CBAs). 

Staff returned to the Board on December 8, 2021 (7), and provided the research on CBAs and sought Board direction to develop options for additional consideration based on these findings. Staff also sought Board direction regarding whether to expand the use of CBAs beyond renewable energy projects to include additional types of development projects in the unincorporated area. Board directed staff to investigate the feasibility and resources needed for the County to establish CBA programs, policies and/or guidelines and return to the Board with options for additional considering and direction including guidelines for (1) mandatory CBAs, (2) types of development projects that would be subject to CBAs, and (3) the County to negotiate and enter into CBAs with developers. 

Public Engagements

Planning & Development Services held their third round of community engagement in July 2022. During these outreach events staff presented the draft CBA guidelines options and inform attendees of the next steps and upcoming public hearings. 

We want to hear from you!  A pre-recorded presentation of the draft CBA guidelines options and information on the project’s next steps and upcoming public hearings can be accessed by clicking the link below.   

Phase 3 Outreach Presentation

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Bianca Lorenzana | Email:  PDS.LongRangePlanning@sdcounty.ca.gov  | Phone: (858) 505-6677