Native Plant Landscaping Policy Options

Project Contact: Meghan Kelly  |  Meghan.Kelly@sdcounty.ca.gov  |  619-323-6462

Project Description

The County of San Diego Planning & Development Services is developing options for incentivizing, requiring, and/or educating the public and County facilities on the increased use of native plants in landscaping. The proposed project will be brought to the Board of Supervisors in Fall/Winter 2022 for consideration and direction on recommended actions.

Background

Native Plants Landscaping

On May 5, 2021, the Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Administrative Officer to coordinate with the San Diego Regional Biodiversity Working Group to develop options for a comprehensive Native Plant Landscaping Policy for public and private property. This policy is intended to increase the use of native plants in landscaping to achieve a range of benefits that include biodiversity and habitat preservation, increased drought tolerance, soil stabilization, air and water purification, and the widening of wildlife corridors and reduction of habitat fragmentation. In addition, the policy aims to support regional markets for locally-produced native plants for sale and distribution from local nurseries and retail stores and generate demand for technical expertise from landscape architects, designers, and contractors in native plant propagation, installation, and maintenance. Equity-based resources and training will be developed to ensure diverse participation among landscaping professionals and residents. The policy is to be informed by robust public engagement and be designed around equity principles to be inclusive, democratic, and accessible to residents in historically underrepresented communities.

Project Updates

On May 13, 2022, staff submitted a memorandum to the Board of Supervisors to provide an update on the development of options for a Native Plant Landscaping Policy, including the approach to developing options, coordination with the San Diego Regional Biodiversity Working Group, and outreach and engagement with stakeholders. View the Board Memo here.

The San Diego Regional Biodiversity Working Group provided their recommendation document in June 2022. View the document here.

Public Participation

Information on future public workshops will be posted here once details are confirmed. Subscribe for email updates to be alerted about future workshops to develop native plant landscaping options as well as updates on other County sustainability programs.

Past Public Workshops

August 29, 2022

A virtual public workshop was held on August 29, 2022, where staff presented an overview of the project, described draft options for Board consideration, and solicited important input from attendees.

November 3, 2021

A virtual public workshop was held on November 3, 2021, where staff presented an overview of the project, described the process for developing options for Board consideration, and solicited important input from attendees.