Long Range Planning Projects

Regularly, amendments and updates are made to ordinances and policies to address recently discovered errors, address new state statutes, add new uses and directives or to add clarification language to address interpretation issues.

The following are Policy and Ordinance Development Projects (PODs):


POD 10-007  Wind Turbine Development Information


Wind Energy Ordinance and General Plan Amendment

The Wind Energy Ordinance and General Plan Amendment was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on May 15, 2013.  The project is an amendment to the County of San Diego Zoning Ordinance consisting of clarifications, deletions, and revisions to provide an updated set of definitions, procedures, and standards for review and permitting of wind turbines and meteorological testing (MET) facilities. The project also includes a General Plan Amendment to modify the Boulevard Community Plan to allow more flexibility for large wind turbine projects and an amendment to the Borrego Springs Community Plan to allow more flexibility for small turbine projects.

Ordinance Wind Turbine Ordinance


Wind Energy NOP Public Review:  September - October 2010
Wind Energy Draft EIR Public Review: November - December 2011
Planning Commission Hearings: April 13, April 27, May 11, May 18, July 20 & October 5, 2012
Board of Supervisors Meetings: May 8, 2013 & May 15, 2013
Health Impacts  2019 Final Public Health Position Statement on Human Health Effects of Wind Turbines
2019 Public Health Position Statement on Human Health Effects of Wind Turbines
2012 Public Health Policy Statement


Planning Commission Agenda and Staff Report April 13, 2012
April 2012 Wind Energy Ordinance draft Environmental Impact Report with draft response to comments
May 11th Workshop Agenda and Staff Report 
July 20th PC Staff Report
October 5th PC Staff Report
Attachment A
Attachment B
May 8 and May 15, 2013 Board of Supervisors Meeting Report


Email:  PDS.LongRangePlanning@sdcounty.ca.gov
Topic POD 13-003  Zoning Ordinance Update No. 30 and County Code Amendments
Summary This Policy and Ordinance Development project (POD 13-003) is an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and the County Code. Proposed amendments will include the addition of definitions, and minor revisions to various sections of the ordinance. This action also proposes to make minor changes to the County Code including minor revisions to the Noise Ordinance and the addition of a new chapter related to Reasonable Accommodation. An amendment to the County’s Defense and Indemnification Agreement is also proposed.

Public Review of draft Ordinances and Negative Declaration: June 26 to August 11, 2014

Planning Commission: September 12, 2014

Board of Supervisors: October 29, 2014


Draft Zoning Ordinance Amendment

Draft County Code Amendment

Draft Defense and Indemnification Agreement

Negative Declaration

Summary of Proposed Amendments

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Topic POD 13-014  Property Zoning Cleanup

Countywide cleanup rezone to correct minor property owner requests, errors and oversights in zoning related to the General Plan Update.

For additional information see the project page

Status Planning Commission: February 28, 2014
Board of Supervisors: April 30, 2014
Contact PDS.LongRangePlanning@sdcounty.ca.gov
Topic POD 12-008 Digital Billboards

On September 26, 2012 the Board of Supervisors directed staff to work with local billboard operators, local community planning groups and any other interested parties to investigate options that would change the County's sign ordinance to allow the conversion of traditional billboards to digital LED billboards throughout the unincorporated areas of the County and report back to the Board in 120 days.

Revised ordinance options shall include the prohibition of animation and not allow an increase in the number of billboards that already exist; and shall explore an appropriate conversion ratio of existing traditional billboards to digital billboards addressing impacts such as light pollution and driver safety.

Link Digital Billboard BOS Report and attachments
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Topic POD 11-005  Design Review Checklists

On October 23, 2013, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Zoning Ordinance Amendment (POD 11-005) that created a new design review checklist procedure.  These new design review checklists contain clear, objective design standards based on the community design guidelines that have been adopted for each community.  Projects that comply with a design review checklist receive a waiver to the Site Plan Permit process.

The new procedure required the creation of design review checklists for each of the eight communities with existing Community Design Guidelines, which include Alpine, Bonsall, I-15 Corridor, Lakeside, Spring Valley, Sweetwater, and Valley Center.

The Ramona Design Review Checklist will be processed concurrently with the Ramona Town Center project.

Status Planning Commission:  August 16, 2013 (5)
Board of Supervisors:  October 23, 2013 (1)

Adopted Zoning Ordinance Amendments (Ord. No. 10296), effective November 22, 2013

Adopted County Administrative Code Amendments
(Ord. No. 10297)
, effective December 22, 2013

Design Review Checklist Instructions
Alpine Design Review Checklist
Bonsall Design Review Checklist

Fallbrook Design Review Checklist
I-15 Design Review Checklist
Lakeside Design Review Checklist Commercial
Lakeside Design Review Checklist Industrial
Lakeside Design Review Checklist Multifamily
Lakeside Design Review Checklist Town Center

Spring Valley Design Review Checklist
Sweetwater Design Review Checklist
Valley Center Design Review Checklist

Contact Email: PDS.LongRangePlanning@sdcounty.ca.gov