New State Storm Water Management Provisions Take Effect February 26

cldConstruction and development projects with permits issued on or after February 26 will be subject to new state-mandated storm water management requirements.

Likely the most significant change for PDS customers:  New projects Ė residential, commercial, or industrial Ė proposing more than 10,000 square feet of cumulative impervious surface will require a Storm Water Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) 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 siteís collective total.

The following forms and guidance documents are among the County resources available for applicants to incorporate complete storm water plans and information into their project submittals:

 Storm Water Intake Form:  Determines whether a project requires a Standard SWQMP or Priority Development Project (PDP) SWQMP.  To identify the applicable storm water requirements as early in the permit process as possible, PDS Building will require completion of this form before formal submittal of construction plans.

PDP SWQMP:  Template for SWQMP required for projects classified as a PDP.

 Standard SWQMP:  SWQMP required for all projects not classified as a PDP.

 BMP Design Manual:  Provides guidance and specifies procedures for planning, preliminary consideration, selection, and design of permanent storm water BMPs based on the updated state performance standards.


BMP Design Manual 2nd Draft Release

bmp2The County of San Diego is revising the Model Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual to create a jurisdictionally specific County BMP Design Manual. The second draft was released on January 25 and the final BMP Design Manual will be posted in mid-February.

The Manual and Appendices incorporate County-specific guidance for planning, selecting and designing structural BMPs for new development and redevelopment projects. The second Draft County BMP Design Manual addresses comments received on the first draft, as well as areas of content not previously covered in the first workshop. New Appendices include guidance on Critical Coarse Sediment Yield, Offsite Alternative Compliance, Green Infrastructure, and Prior Lawful Approval (PLA).

The updated requirements in the County BMP Design Manual will become effective February 26, 2016 and will replace the current County Standard Urban Runoff Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP). Projects not having received PLA by that date will be subject to requirements of the BMP Design Manual.

Among new requirements for Priority Development Projects (PDPs) subject to Hydromodification include the management of Critical Coarse Sediment Yield Areas; the BMP Design Manual now includes more detail guidance on how to comply with this requirement.

The BMP Design Manual and Appendices are currently posted here.


The Code Compliance Corner


Code Compliance received a report from several people in Vista about a property in their neighborhood that had large amounts of junk, construction debris, green waste and wood chips.


clrStaff issued a Notice to the property owner who then cleaned the site.


Welcome Aboard!

kntKenneth Melton

Code Enforcement Officer

Kenneth joins the Code Compliance Division as a Code Enforcement Officer. He has been with the County since 2013, most recently as a Human Services Specialist from the Health and Human Services Agency. He earned a Bachelorís Degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University. We are happy to welcome Kenneth to our team.


jhnJohn Leavitt

Land Use Aide

John joins the Project Planning Division as a Land Use Aide. He earned a Bachelorís Degree in Geography from the University of Northern Iowa and has over ten years of experience in the appraisal industry. We are pleased to add him to our team.


jnaJenna Roady

Land Use Aide

Jenna joins the Building Division as a Land Use Aide. She has extensive experience in the customer service field and has worked on various sustainable projects with Community Assets Consulting. She earned a Bachelorís Degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Jennaís customer service experience will make her a valued asset to the PDS team and its customers.


dndDonald Chase

Planning Manager, Project Planning Division

Donald joins the Project Planning Division as a Planning Manager. His professional experience includes working as a Senior Planner and Planning Manager with Marstel-Day and as a NEPA Writer/Editor with the U.S. Forest Service. In addition to his professional experience, Donald has a Bachelorís Degree in Public Administration from CSU Chico. With Donaldís knowledge and experience, he is sure to be an outstanding addition to PDS and the Project Planning team.



Did you know?

wnyWynola is the site of the Spencer Valley School, a one room public elementary school with a student population of 30-35 children. It is the only school in the Spencer Valley School District, founded in 1876. Built in 1905, the present one room schoolhouse replaced an earlier structure.

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