General Plan Safety Element Update and Environmental Justice Element

PDS2019-GPA-19-001; PDS2017-GPA-17-004; LOG NO. PDS2021-ER-21-00-002

The Project includes a General Plan Amendment (PDS2019-GPA-19-001 & PDS2017-GPA-17-004).


In accordance with State law (Government Code Section 65302), the County has prepared an update to its Safety Element. The proposed Safety Element Update organizes safety goals and policies into eight sections: (1) Hazards Mitigation Planning, Disaster Preparedness, and Emergency Response; (2) Wildfires; (3) Geological and Seismic Hazards; (4) Flood Hazards; (5) Climate Change; (6) Hazardous Materials; (7) Law Enforcement; and (8) Airport Hazards.


The County is developing a new Environmental Justice Element to be part of the County’s General Plan and reflect the County's efforts in addressing Environmental Justice. The State of California defines Environmental Justice as “the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies” (California Government Code §65040.12.e).

In 2016, the State of California passed Senate Bill 1000 (SB 1000) requiring cities and counties to address Environmental Justice in their general plans. The County has elected to prepare a separate Element rather than integrating Environmental Justice policies among existing General Plan elements. As provided by State Government Code 65302(h), the Environmental Justice Element has the same weight as the mandatory elements of the General Plan and is internally consistent with the other elements. The purpose of the Environmental Justice Element is to address public health risks and environmental justice concerns of those living in disadvantaged communities as defined in Gov. Code, § 65302, subd. (h)(4)(A), many of which are the result of geographic or procedural inequities.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency and for the safety of the public and staff, the Planning & Development Services lobbies are temporarily closed to the public. Planning & Development Services is continuing to provide essential services through online services. Please utilize the file links located on this website to view the environmental review documents. If needed, hard copies of the documents referenced on the website are available upon request for viewing at the drop-off counter of 5510 Overland Avenue. For further information regarding the operations of Planning and Development Services, please use the information located at the link below or contact the project manager using the contact information on this website:

Updating the General Plan's Housing and Safety Elements and creating an Environmental Justice Element General Information Page

Under this process public review is not required, however any comments received will be accepted and taken into consideration. The proposed findings and the associated analysis for the Safety and Environmental Justice Elements will be available for review on March 11, 2021. Please direct any questions or formal comments to the project contact information below.

The County of San Diego is releasing an update to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Addendum and Checklist for the Safety Element Update and the new Environmental Justice Element to incorporate the goals and policies from the Safety Element’s Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Report. The Addendum and Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Report were both previously available for review from March 11, 2021 to April 12, 2021. The Addendum update incorporates the goals and policies from the Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Report into the Safety Element Addendum and Checklist.

Comments on the proposed findings and associated analysis for the Safety Element Update and Environmental Justice Element must be received no later than May 13, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. These documents can also be reviewed at the PDS, Project Processing Counter, 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92123.

(*) Documents have been revised since the original public disclosure period.

Project Contact: Mike Madrid | | (858) 505-6677


ORIGINAL PUBLIC DISCLOSURE PERIOD (March 11, 2021 - April 12, 2021)

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE PERIOD (Apil 29, 2021 - May 13, 2021)


(Draft Final Project Documents are located on the
project specific webpages at the links below)