Valley Center Community Plan Update

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Community Plan Update

Valley Center

The Valley Center Community Plan Update will entail the first comprehensive update to the existing community plan in over 40 years to reflect a current vision for the community. The extent of the Valley Center Community Plan Area (CPA) is shown in the map below. The CPA is bordered by CPAs/Subregions of Bonsall on the west, Fallbrook and Pala/Pauma on the north, Pala/Pauma on the east, and North County Metro and the City of Escondido on the south.


Notice of Preparation (NOP) Public Comment Period

The County will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Valley Center Community Plan Update. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) public comment period will run from February 13 through March 13. Through this NOP process, interested parties can provide comments on environmental issues and alternatives for consideration in the environmental review. Comments can be provided to Environmental Coordinator Robert Hingtgen by email at or by mail to Robert Hingtgen, County of San Diego, Planning & Development Services, 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123. Additional information can be found in the linked documents below, which include the Legal Ad for the NOP, the NOP Documentation, and the CEQA Initial Study/15162 Checklist.

Notice of Preparation Legal Ad
Notice of Preparation Documentation
CEQA Initial Study/15162 Checklist
NOP Comment Form

Upcoming Meetings

Goals and Policies Meeting #2 - Valley Center Community Plan Update Subcommittee
Location/Date/Time TBD

See this link to the Valley Center Road Corridor Concept Plan web page for upcoming meetings on that related project.


Topics addressed in the elements of the updated Community Plan will include:

Land Use: Addressing the location of uses types, zoning, densities, community character, constraints, and goals and policies to guide land development

Mobility: Includes planning for infrastructure and design considerations associated with the transportation network for the community, including facilities for automobiles, bicycles, pedestrians, and other forms of transportation. The parallel Valley Center Road Corridor Concept Plan will inform recommendations related to the Mobility Element

Conservation and Open Space: Focuses on open space preservation, the provision of park and recreation facilities, and policies addressing the conservation, management and utilization of natural and cultural resources

Housing: Addressing policies related to housing demand, housing/jobs balance, affordable housing, and providing varying housing types for diverse households

Safety: Integrating safety considerations in the planning process by establishing policies related to future development that will minimize risks associated with natural and man-made hazards

Noise: Providing goals and policies addressing noise control and abatement

Design Guidelines: Guidelines for properties subject to design review; addressing architectural character, building placement, landscaping, and other components 

Update Process

Staff anticipates a phased approach to working with stakeholders on the community plan update. A brief description of each phase is provided below:

Phase 1: Project Initiation: Community kickoff meeting; developing the project team and outreach plan

Phase 2: Research/Existing Conditions: Gathering demographic and constraint data; market analysis existing conditions analysis; infrastructure existing conditions analysis; visioning and existing conditions public workshop; review of existing policies and consideration of new policies; draft goals and policies public review; and initiating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process

Phase 3: Planning Concepts/Analysis: Developing concept alternatives that incorporate land use, mobility, public facilities planning and other components; planning concepts community workshop(s); CEQA technical studies and analysis; market analysis; infrastructure analysis; zoning and design guidelines community workshop(s); and informational item public presentation at the County Planning Commission

Phase 4: Draft Community Plan: Determination of the preferred concept/scenario, based on workshops and other input; preparation of the draft Community Plan; Community Planning Group (CPG) presentation for the draft Community Plan; and CEQA public review and response to comments

Phase 5: Final Community Plan: Preparation of any revisions to the draft Community Plan based on CEQA public review input; hearing preparations and presentations at the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for potential adoption 

How to Get Involved

The Valley Center Community Plan Update will provide many opportunities for stakeholder involvement throughout the process, including:

  • Community workshops
  • Community Planning Group meetings
  • Community Plan Update Subcommittee meetings
  • Submitting comments during public review phases and anytime via the project email address (noted below)
  • Contacting staff to discuss the project, via the project email address or project phone line (also noted below)
  • Subscribing to email updates for the project, using the link provided at the top and bottom of this page
  • Providing testimony at public hearings with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors

Upcoming workshops and meetings will be posted on this web page. 

Previous Meetings and Materials

Combined Environmental Scoping Meeting & Visioning/existing Conditions Workshop
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Maxine Theater
31322 Cole Grade Road
Valley Center, CA 92082

Meeting Agenda

Environmental Scoping Meeting (Notice of Preparation) - 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Visioning/Existing Conditions Workshop - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Goals and Policies Meeting #1 - Valley Center Community Plan Update Subcommittee
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Open House: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Meeting: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Valley Center Primary School Multipurpose Room
14249 Fruitvale Road, Valley Center, CA 92082

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Handouts
Exercise Boards
Group Exercise Scans
Individual Group Exercise Scans
Comment Matrix

Valley Center Community Plan Update Subcommittee
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Valley Center Middle School Multipurpose Room
28102 N. Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center

The Community Plan Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Valley Center Community Planning Group. See the full agenda here.

Exhibit Boards
Subarea Identification Exercise Input
Subarea Identification Exercise

Community Plan Update Kickoff Meeting (Rescheduled from January 16, 2019)
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Maxine Theater
31322 Cole Grade Road  

Meeting Agenda
Exhibit Boards
General Comment Sheets 

NOTE: File contains 18 presentation boards and is approximately 23 MB. May download slowly. 


For More Information

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Valley Center Community Plan Update, please email or call (858) 505-6677

For the Valley Center Road Corridor Concept Plan website click here

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