Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program

The County of San Diego has an agricultural conservation program known as the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program. The PACE Program promotes the long term preservation of agriculture in the County of San Diego.

Under the PACE Program, willing agricultural property owners are compensated for placing a perpetual easement on their property that limits future uses to agriculture. As a result, the agricultural land is preserved and the property owner receives compensation making the land’s continued use for agriculture more viable.

Program Contact:  Stephanie Neal | AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov | (858) 505-6677


2020 PACE Application Cycle is now open!

Key dates for the 2020 PACE application cycle are:

Monday, February 3, 2020        PACE application period opens

Monday, March 2, 2020            First review of PACE applications

Wednesday, March 18, 2020     Final submission date for PACE application

To apply for the PACE Program, please fill out the application form linked below and email a completed application form to AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov.


The Eligibility Requirements for the PACE Program are:

1. The property must have been actively farmed and/or ranched for a minimum of two years prior to participating in the Program

2. The property must have realized a density reduction as a result of the General Plan adopted by the Board on August 3, 2011

3. The property must have had the ability to subdivide under the previous General Plan (in effect prior to August 3, 2011)


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