Forest Conservation Initiative Update: Changes To The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report

Planning & Development Services (PDS) will recirculate the Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) General Plan Amendment (GPA) Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for public review from January 14 through February 29, 2016. The Draft SEIR was previously circulated for public review from February 1, 2013 to March 18, 2013.

Reviewers must submit new comments on the recirculated Draft SEIR. Previously submitted comments may or may not be relevant to the proposed Project as now described.  Comments on the recirculated Draft SEIR must be received no later than February 29, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. The Draft SEIR will be available after January 11, here.

The FCI, a 1993 voter-approved initiative requiring a minimum lot size of 40 acres, expired on December 31, 2010. With its expiration, the former FCI lands reverted to the land use designations of the previous General Plan (1978) in effect before the FCI was enacted.  The proposed Project involves a GPA to designate approximately 71,700 acres of former FCI and applicable adjacent lands consistent with the Guiding Principles and Goals and Policies of the adopted 2011 General Plan.  The project web site.

For any questions, please contact:

Project Manager: Robert Citrano at Robert.Citrano@sdcounty.ca.gov; or

Environmental Coordinator: Peter Eichar at Peter.Eichar@sdcounty.ca.gov


Public Workshop On The County of San Diego BMP Design Manual: Second Draft Release and Critical Coarse Sediment Yield

The County of San Diego is revising the Model Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual to create a jurisdictionally specific County BMP Design Manual. The first draft was released and a workshop was held in December 2015.

The Manual and Appendices incorporate County-specific guidance for planning, selecting and designing structural BMPs for new development and redevelopment projects. A second Draft County BMP Design Manual is scheduled to be released on January 25, 2016.  This draft will address comments received on the first draft, as well as areas of content not previously covered in the first workshop.

The updated requirements in the manual will become effective February 26, 2016 and 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 Second Draft Manual Release will be due by February 5, 2016. Please submit comments via email to:

Nancy Richardson at Nancy.Richardson@sdcounty.ca.gov  and Laura Henry at lhenry@rickengineering.com

The early part of the Workshop will focus on the Second Draft Release of the BMP Design Manual, while the later part of the workshop will detail the guidance on Critical Coarse Sediment Yield.

Workshop details:

Date and Time: February 1, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

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


Building Inspector Brian McKeighan Earns Accessibility Credential

accessCongratulations to Brian McKeighan of PDS Building Services for achieving certification as a Certified Access Specialist (CASp).

Brian, working out of the PDS office in San Marcos, earned the credential after passing a difficult open- and closed-book certification exam administered by the California Division of the State Architect.  The exam tests a candidate’s understanding of hundreds of state and federal accessibility standards, including detailed construction provisions accommodating individuals with mobility, vision, hearing, or other accessibility needs.  The exam pass rate typically is less than 25%.

The State of California created the CASp program to improve inspection of buildings and sites for accessibility compliance.  Access specialists maintain their certification by earning continuing education units in training seminars covering accessibility standards.


Help Desk is launched for the Model BMP Design Manual

cwAn online Model BMP Design Manual help desk funded by the San Diego County Co-permittees has been created for the San Diego Region. The Model BMP Design Manual addresses updated post-construction storm water requirements and provides guidance for planning, preliminary design, selection, and design of permanent storm water BMPs based on the performance standards required by the MS4 Permit for the San Diego Region [Order No. R9-2013-0001 as amended by R9-2015-001 and R9-2015-0100].

The Help Desk provides a regional platform to submit technical questions on the Model BMP Design Manual.  Some examples of technical questions are:

  • How do I find an 85th percentile rain event value for particular area?
  • How do I determine the pre-development condition?
  • What is a critical coarse sediment yield area and when must it be considered?
  • How must a project show infeasibility for full stormwater retention?
  • How do the revisions in the County Manual pertaining to SWMM modeling relate to hydromodification requirement exemptions?
  • Can “Street Trees” be used for projects that are not streets?
  • Can permeable pavement be used for a structural BMP?
  • How do you determine the feasibility for “harvest and use” of stormwater?

Non-technical questions related to County-specific requirements such as submittal requirements, approval process, project-specific questions and policy-related issues should be directed to PDS-Land Development at (858) 505-6445. 

For more information and to access the on-line Help Desk, click here or visit: www.projectcleanwater.org


The Code Compliance Corner

codebWhen a neighbor saw graffiti on a fence in his community he contacted Code Compliance. Staff quickly reached out to the property owner and the graffiti was removed.


codeThe faster graffiti is removed each time, the less likely tagging will be repeated in the same location!


Welcome Aboard!

BrendaBrenda Tam

Accounting Technician

Support Services

Brenda joins PDS after having worked at San Diego County Departments of Health and Human Services and Auditor & Controller since 2007. She has over 20 years of experience in various accounting positions. Brenda’s experience will benefit the financial section tremendously, and we are pleased to add her to our team.


Did You Know?

Lakeside was founded in 1886 when 6,600 acres of land surrounding the naturally occurring Lindo Lake were purchased by the El Cajon Valley Land Company, who immediately began to promote the new land as a town and built an 80-room Victorian-style inn, the Lakeside Hotel. Three years later, in 1889, Lakeside became connected to the railroad system, and small businesses began to spring up, firmly establishing Lakeside as a bustling community.

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