Increased Transparency with Trust Accounts

The County is committed to providing exceptional customer service and Planning & Development Services (PDS) is excited to announce the recent implementation of the Overdraft Project for customers with land use projects/permits with PDS as well as other departments such as the Department of Public Works.

As of February 29, 2016, land use customers that have associated trust accounts (i.e. formerly Developer Deposit accounts) can now see their actual real-time account balances including both posted and pending charges in the trust account on the County’s Accela Citizen Access (ACA) website: https://publicservices.sdcounty.ca.gov/CitizenAccess/

Prior to the implementation of the Overdraft Project, customers were unable to see actual balances in trust accounts, because it did not reflect any pending charges to the account. This system improvement will let customers know whether or not additional funds are needed in the trust account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year without having to request their available balance from the Project Manager.

The primary goal of the Overdraft Project is to improve transparency of the financial activity of customer trust accounts and PDS looks forward to continual improvements to provide customers with the most efficient and accurate account information.

For more information on the County’s ACA website and how you can use it to conduct research, make online payments, and perform other business activities, please visit here. If you have further questions, please contact one of our team members in the PDS Trust Account Customer Service Unit at PDSDevDep@sdcounty.ca.gov or at 858-694-2320.


Winery Ordinance Amendment - Board Of Supervisors Hearing scheduled for April 27, 2016

On August 4, 2010, the Board of Supervisors approved Zoning Ordinance Amendments to establish a Tiered Winery Ordinance. A primary component of the ordinance was the creation of a Boutique Winery tier, which allowed for tasting rooms in conjunction with ongoing agricultural vineyard operations. Since its adoption, a number of issues have arisen that affect the adequate implementation of the ordinance.

PDS held workshops on January 17, 2014, and July 1, 2015, in order to gather information and comments to utilize in formulating the proposed amendments to the Tiered Winery Ordinance.

PDS staff prepared draft Ordinance amendments in order to resolve discrepancies with existing ordinance language. These amendments would not change the purpose or intent of the Ordinance, but propose to eliminate any ambiguity in the requirements for different winery types and strengthen the County’s ability to document compliance with the Ordinance.

On February 5, 2016, the Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve staff’s proposed amendments to the Winery Ordinance with the modification to the Boutique Winery tier to permit wine to be imported as part of the 25% percent out-of-County allowance, and that the Ordinance be modified to specify that sourced wine from within San Diego consist of wine made with San Diego County grapes.

The ordinance will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for their consideration on April 27, 2016.  The Board Letter and attachments will be available 10 days prior to the meeting at the following link.

Please call or email Heather Lingelser at 858-495-5802 or heather.lingelser@sdcounty.ca.gov if you have any questions regarding this project.


County Announces Climate Action Plan Outreach

capThe County’s Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) released its blueprint during the week of March 30, 2016 to enlist the public’s help to create a County Climate Action Plan that would cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The outreach plan includes working with environmental conservation groups, business organizations and interested members of the public, inviting people to get involved, meeting with the County’s community advisory groups, and holding public workshops.

Planning & Development Services officials said the department plans to complete a proposed Climate Action Plan by the fall of 2017 for the County’s Board of Supervisors to consider.

County planners expect to hold their first public workshop in the fall of 2016, to get feedback from county residents on the development of draft measures the County could take to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The tentative schedule for the Climate Action Plan process includes working with the public and stakeholders, drafting a plan and an environmental impact report, holding public hearings and delivering a proposed plan to the Board of Supervisors for possible approval.

People who would like to get information on the Climate Action Plan, the process, or to receive notifications about the plan should contact project manager Bulmaro Canseco at Bulmaro.Canseco@sdcounty.ca.gov.

For more information about the Climate Action Plan and the public outreach plan, go to the Planning & Development Services Climate Action Plan Web page.


San Diego Hydrology Model (SDHM) 3.0 Training

sdhmThe County of San Diego Best Management Practice (BMP) Design Manual was published in late February 2016, prior to the requirements of the 2013 Municipal Stormwater Permit becoming effective on February 26, 2016. Chapter 6 of the Manual discusses Hydromodification Management requirements for Priority Development Projects (PDPs), where flow control facilities for Hydromodification management must be designed based on continuous simulation hydrologic modeling, either by project-specific modeling or by using sizing factors published in the March 2011 Final Hydromodification Management Plan (HMP) document.

San Diego Hydrology Model (SDHM) is one of the software models listed in Appendix G (Section G.1.2) of the BMP Design Manual.  Where version 3.0 is an update from the 2015 version, it uses terminology consistent with the BMP Design Manual and also contains updated rainfall data. Training for the 3.0 Version of SDHM will be available through a full-day Workshop for Model Users and a half-day Workshop for Model Reviewers.

Full-day Workshop for Model Users:

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Half-day Workshop for Model Reviewers:

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location for both Workshops:

  • County Operations Center, Conference Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, 92123 

Registration for the SDHM 3.0 Workshops is available until April 27 at: http://sandiego.apwa.net/events/13959/


April Is Customer Appreciation Month

custThe County of San Diego and PDS are committed to using a positive approach to provide you, our customers, with a positive experience.  This includes working with HEART every day – Helpfulness, Expertise, Attentiveness, Respect, and Timeliness.  We would like to thank all of our customers for working with us to build strong and sustainable communities in San Diego County.  Below are just some of the customer comments recently received by PDS that show true HEART:

I have had the pleasure of working with Linda [Vo]. During a stressful time, she was always there to answer my questions in a prompt and professional manner. Linda went above and beyond to ensure that I received the highest level of customer service.”

– Michael Cosper, Owner of Anytime Fitness Poway

“Steve [Murray] I want to tell you how much I appreciate your conduct of Tuesday’s meeting… You were professional, helpful, courteous, respectful, knowledgeable, and fair.  You explained each balance of issues in a way that allowed [us] to understand the reasons for your conclusions.  Count me among your raving fans.”

– Cindy Eldred, Esq.

From a customer who lost his home in the Jamul Fire to the Building Division for their assistance:  “It was amazing!!  We got it done in one day!  Thank you so much.  They were very helpful.” 

– Mike Bilodeau, IO Environmental & Infrastructure


Welcome Aboard

SteveSteve Pan

Building Inspector II, Building Division

 Steve joins the Building Division as a Building Inspector II. He relocated to San Diego from Temple City, where he has worked as a Building Inspector for the past 8.5 years. Prior to his work with Temple City, Steve was employed for two years in the construction industry. The County of San Diego and its citizens are sure to benefit from Steve’s wealth of experience and expertise, making him an outstanding addition to our PDS Team. 


conorConor McGee

Land Use/Environmental Planner I, Project Planning Division

Conor returns to PDS as a Planner in the Project Planning Division after spending the last year and a half as a CAO Staff Officer in the LUEG Executive Office.  Conor holds two Bachelor’s Degrees: one in Geology and the other in International Environmental Policy. With the extensive experience Conor has gained in the LUEG Office and his prior experience with environmental documentation review and processing of federal and state permits, we are excited to welcome him back.


Did You Know?

augaApril is prime time to venture out to our local desert and view the wildflowers.  Agua Caliente County Park is a 910 acres park with geothermally heated springs located just west of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, in eastern San Diego County.  Spring water pools include an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor wading pool for children, and an indoor heated therapeutic spa.  Site amenities include a caravan area, full and partial hookup RV sites, non-hookup sites, tent camping, and cabins.  Facilities include shuffle board, horseshoes, day use picnic area, and dressing rooms.  Almost 4 miles of hiking trails from flat terrain to steep rocky trails are perfect for wildflower viewing.  The park is open from Labor Day weekend until the last weekend in May.

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