State Tightens Landscaping And
Stormwater Requirements For Development And Construction Projects
from the State of California addressing outdoor water use and storm
water quality will mean additional scrutiny of projects submitted to
Planning & Development Services (PDS) for review and approval.
Effective December 1, as part of
California’s emergency response to the state’s prolonged drought, the
threshold necessitating project landscaping approval dropped from
5,000 square feet of landscaped area to 500 square feet of landscaped
area. Projects proposing landscaped area between 500 square
feet and 2,500 square feet may comply by following a series of
prescriptive provisions and signed certifications, while landscape
plan submittal is required for projects proposing more than 2,500
square feet of landscaped area.
On February 16, new stormwater management requirements mandated by
the California Regional Water Quality Control Board will
take effect. Likely the most significant change for PDS
customers: New projects – residential, commercial, or industrial
– proposing more than 10,000 square feet of cumulative impervious
surface will require a Storm Water Quality Management Plan submittal
including a hydromodification analysis and
structural Best Management Practice (BMP) design. Any ground
area covered by an impervious surface, such as a building roof,
driveway, or paved walkway, will count toward the site’s collective
Property Specific Requests, GPA & Rezone – Update
PDS will begin the Notice of Preparation (NOP) process
for a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) to analyze impacts
associated with the Property Specific Requests (PSRs) General Plan
Amendment and Rezone (GPA 12-005; REZ 14-006). This County-initiated
project will analyze proposed changes to Land Use designations for 43
PSRs and associated study areas, as directed by the Board of
Supervisors during public hearings in June 2012.
The project also includes proposed updates to the Land
Use designations and zoning for the properties comprising the former
Champagne Gardens Specific Plan which expired in 2007, and a proposed
policy revision for the Valley Center Community Plan.
The NOP public review and comment period will run from
December 3 through January 4, 2016with a public scoping meeting on
December 17 at 6:00pm in the Conference Center Hearing Room at 5520
Overland Avenue in San Diego. Please refer to the project web page for maps of the PSRs,
additional information, and the NOP document, which includes additional
information on the NOP process and submitting comments.
For any questions, please call the project phone line at
(858) 505-6677, or email.
Climate Action Plan – UPDATE
Diego County staff continues work on the County’s new Climate Action
Plan (CAP). Currently, the Project Team is working on the Greenhouse
Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory for the County’s community and local
government emissions. The GHG Emissions Inventory quantifies existing
emissions and projects future GHG emissions for the unincorporated
County over a specified time-period. The GHG Emissions Inventory is
anticipated to be completed by early 2016.
In addition to the GHG Emissions
Inventory, the County is developing a comprehensive Public Outreach
and Engagement Plan that will provide a well-defined public outreach
process for the CAP. The Outreach Plan is anticipated to be completed
by February 2016. Public workshops and meetings with stakeholders
will be held throughout the process. Future notifications, draft
documents, and related studies will be posted on the County’s CAP
For more information regarding
the CAP or to be added to our stakeholder list to receive future
notifications, please contact the CAP Project Manager, Bulmaro
Canseco at Bulmaro.Canseco@sdcounty.ca.gov
or at (858) 694-2216.
Public Workshop To Highlight
San Diego County Watershed Protection Ordinance And BMP Design Manual
workshop will outline the updates to the Watershed Protection
Ordinance (WPO) and the County’s jurisdictional BMP Design Manual.
These changes are in response to updates to the Regional Water
Quality Control Board’s Order R9-2013-0001 as amended by Order
The discussion on the County’s
Draft BMP Design Manual will highlight the differences from the Model
BMP Design Manual, namely the County’s procedures, updates in
response to the MS4 Order Amendment, and optional program elements.
These changes in requirements will replace the current County
Standard Urban Runoff Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP).
The BMP Design Manual and
Appendices are currently posted for review here.
Comments on the Manual are due
by Monday, December 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Please submit comments via
email to: Nancy Richardson at Nancy.Richardson@sdcounty.ca.gov
and Laura Henry at email@example.com
Date and Time:
December 7, 2015 from 9:30 to 12:00pm.
County Operations Center, Conference Center Hearing Room, 5520
Overland Avenue, San Diego, 92123
Neighborhood Nuisance Cleaned Up!
Compliance received a report from a neighbor about a vacant house in
his Spring Valley neighborhood. The property was in default and for
sale. The neighbor reported that several break-ins had occurred and
there was a large amount of waste and personal property in the yard
Compliance staff made a site inspection and saw the waste as well as
two windows in the rear that had been removed. Staff immediately contacted
the listing agent regarding the property and the house was secured.
Soon after, escrow closed and the new owner cleaned the property.
Administrative Analyst II
Jennifer joins our Human
Resources (HR) team as an Administrative Analyst II. She comes to PDS
with a wealth of HR experience at the County. Jennifer started out in
the County’s Department of Human Resources as a Student Worker in
2006. She was hired permanently as an HR Assistant in August 2007 and
quickly promoted to HR Specialist, HR Analyst, and Sr. HR Analyst.
Jennifer then moved to the District Attorney’s Office as a Departmental
HR Officer. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SDSU
and a Master of Business Administration from National University.
Jennifer’s extensive HR knowledge and experience will provide
tremendous support to all divisions in PDS and we welcome her to our
Land Use Aide
Tam joins the Code Compliance
Division as a Land Use Aide. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in
Earth & Environment Sciences from the University of California, Irvine,
a Certification in Water Science from Santiago Canyon College, and is
currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information
Science & Technology from the University of Southern California.
With her prior years of experience providing administrative support
and customer service, Tam will be a valued asset to PDS and our
Land Use Aide
Nick joins the Building Division
as a Land Use Aide. He has over six years of experience providing
various types of administrative support. Nick earned his Bachelor’s
Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara
and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Point Loma Nazarene
University. We look forward to Nick’s contributions to PDS and serving
our customers on the front line.
Did You Know?
November 28, 1869 John Stewart Harbison arrived in San Diego and
subsequently brought 110 bees to a valley in San Diego now known as
His success in capitalizing on
the vast honey potential of San Diego County, along with his
extensive campaign of selling bees to the residents of the county was
the major force in making San Diego County the greatest honey
producing county in the State of California by 1874, which in turn
made California the leading honey producing state of the Union.