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Land Use & Environment Group

2022-23 CAO Recommended Budget

The County of San Diego's Land Use and Environment Group serves the community by working to protect the public's health and safety, sustain the environment, and improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors.

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Budget in Millions

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$618.7M FY 22-23 2,026.5
     
0.5 % change from FY 21-22 9.2 %
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Agriculture, Weights & Measures, Environmental Health & Quality,  Parks & Recreation, Planning & Development Services, Public Works, San Diego County Library

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Sustainability $113.2M

Advancing an Equitable, Healthy Climate

$7.4M

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  • Lead efforts to move the region toward zero-carbon emissions (RDF) $3.7M
  • Develop/support the new Office of Sustainability & Environmental Justice
  • Implement environmental justice to help underserved communities

Tackling the Climate Crisis

$32.6M

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Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the unincorporated county and from County facilities (Climate Action Plan Update) $1.8M

Implement SB 743, a State law governing new home development locations to reduce vehicle travel

Create a sustainable land use framework

Preserve land to protect species (MSCP and new North County MSCP) $16.3M

Divert waste from landfills to promote sustainable management of resources $4.3M

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Create sustainability plans for 8 County airports 

Make all departments more sustainable 

Educate EV consumers with new website

Install more EV charging stations at County facilities

Promote green building and solar energy use $2M

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Protecting Natural Resources

$73.2M

Prevent pollution from reaching the ocean through 542,000 storm drains and protecting groundwater quality. $40M

Protect $1.8 billion agricultural industry from invasive pests $13.5M

Preserve farmland through permanent easements

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Manage groundwater sustainably (SGMA)

Manage closed landfills (protects air quality and groundwater)

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Tijuana River Valley dredging, invasive species removal and property restoration 

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Daily Life:  Live, Drive, Work, Play, Eat, Learn

$224.2M

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Creating safe & affordable housing:  $22M

Develop inclusionary housing ordinance to produce affordable units

Encourage/support more Accessory Dwelling Units or “granny flats”

Inspect 40,000 home/buildings for safety

Review 10,500 building plans for safety

Guide new development projects through the approval process

Provide homeless solutions (cleanup & assistance)

Plant 3,500 trees

Operate 156 parks, 56,000 acres of parks and 384 miles of trails $30.9M

Operate 33 branch libraries, 4 electric bookmobiles and 5 automated book kiosks $28M

Test water quality at 45 beaches/sites and provide faster same-day results

Inspect 15,000 food facilities including food trucks for health and safety $15.2M

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Maintain unincorporated county road surfaces $60M

Maintain/operate County sewer systems and water districts $64M

Empowering People

Empowering & Improving Lives

$8.5M

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Operate Library High School to help people secure diplomas

Run Safe Destination (SD) Nights Program serving 8,000 youths and provide youth employment opportunities $1M

Use data to understand and track community needs

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Improve accessibility through annual ADA improvements at County facilities

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Educate employees on equity, diversity, and inclusion topics $3M

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Provide free English language training

Connecting & Involving

Connecting & Involving More People

$23.5M

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Involve the community in our programs through meetings and online options $2.4M

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Distribute 7,000 grant-funded laptops and mobile hotspots

Provide 24/7 free Wifi at library facilities 

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Manage a dynamic E-library $11.5M
Provide Little and Mini Libraries 
Provide citizenship training

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Offer library materials in 12 world languages 

Translate information into local languages

Fund broadband connectivity projects 

Connect 225,000 households to newly installed SR67 internet cable 

Consumer Confidence and Economic Opportunity

Consumers & Economic Opportunity

$8.7M

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Inspect 30,000+ scales, cash registers and gas pumps for accuracy $6M

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Inspect produce sold at certified farmers’ markets

Verify organic products and promote sustainable agriculture

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Permit and educate applicants on Micro Enterprise Home Kitchens operations

Create ordinance to regulate commercial cannabis $1M

Infrastructure Safety and Reliability

Infrastructure Safety & Reliability

$214.6M

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Maintain road systems (traffic signals, sidewalks, bike lanes, ramps, crosswalks, guardrails for road safety) $118M

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Operate our eight County airports $22.3M

Construct runway improvements at County airports 

Keep culverts, storm drains safe and clean

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Maintain park & library facilities to ensure safety and appearance $4.6M

Protecting Health

Protecting Health

$40.2M

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Permit 14,000 hazardous material facilities and perform annual inspections $13.3M

Respond to Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT) emergencies

Collect over 175 tons of household hazardous waste $1.2M

Regulate hazardous materials used in agriculture

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Monitor and treat over 1,600 known mosquito breeding sites $13M

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Conduct 472 solid waste inspections

Inspect structural fumigations to protect employees, the public, and the environment $5.5M

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Regulate the use of pesticides

Collect unwanted pesticides to avoid improper disposal 

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Manage bee keeping safety and education programs

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Capital Projects

$298M

FY 22-23 projects

Net-zero improvements for the Fallbrook Library
Dredging and property improvements in Tijuana River Valley 

We also oversee 111 park and library projects in the design or construction phases valued at $298M.

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