North County Plan

The North County Multiple Species Conservation Plan (North County Plan) would extend the County’s Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) into the northern portion of the unincorporated county. A great deal of collaborative work has gone into development of the North County Plan. The input received from members of the Steering Committee, community groups, and other interested parties has been invaluable to the North County Plan. As additional information on the status of the North County Plan is available, interested parties will be notified.

Project Contact: Chelsea Oakes | | (858) 505-6677

The County has been developing the North County Plan to achieve many of the same environmental and economic benefits realized through the adopted County Subarea Plan (South County Plan). Public outreach meetings for the North County Plan were held in spring of 2017 and County staff received input from a variety of stakeholders.

The County selected ICF, a statewide leader in regional conservation planning, to review the draft North County Plan in relation to current practices and regulatory requirements and to develop planning options for public discussion and input.  Their review is summarized in a report entitled the North County Multiple Species Conservation Plan Status Review and Options Assessment.

A public outreach period was held for the Options Assessment from March 4 to May 14, 2020 to collect feedback for discussions with the Board of Supervisors in fall 2020. The County held several meetings with public agencies, business organizations, environmental groups, community groups, and other interested members of the public. This included Steering Committee meetings held on March 6, 2020 and on May 1, 2020 (virtual) and a public Q&A session held virtually on April 30, 2020.


The County anticipates presenting the Options Assessment and the input received during the public comment period to the Board of Supervisors in fall of 2020. Information regarding the public hearing will be provided as it becomes available.


Steering Committee Meetings

The Planning Agreement between the County of San Diego, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) calls for the County to appoint a Steering Committee to “examine the Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan policies, review drafts of parts of the Plans, serve as a sounding board and assist in the preparation of plan.” The North County Plan Steering Committee was formed in 2017 and includes a diverse group of stakeholders that represent the environmental, agricultural, recreational, and development communities.

Steering Committee Members

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Public Stakeholder Meetings

The County held six meetings for public agencies, business organizations, environmental groups, community groups, and other interested members of the public from March to May 2017. These small group meetings provided general information about the MSCP for North County with this presentation and group discussion.

Small Group Meeting Attendance


Jurisdictional Meetings

County staff coordinated with neighboring jurisdiction including City of Escondido, City of Oceanside, City of Carlsbad, City of Solana Beach, City of San Diego, City of San Marcos, City of Vista, Orange County Transportation Authority, and Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority and gave this presentation

Jurisdictional Meeting Attendance