PDS Holds Customer Perspective Panels

audAs part of an ongoing commitment to excellent customer service, Planning & Development Services (PDS) held two customer perspective panels in June to learn more about the customers and stakeholders that we serve.  PDS partnered with the Departments of Agriculture, Weights & Measure (AWM) and General Services (DGS) to host two customer perspective panels.  The first panel was focused on the agriculture industry and included representatives from the County Farm Bureau, local farmers and nurseries.  The panelists discussed the challenges of the increased cost of land, drought and the unique nature of each farm. 


screenThe sustainability panel included representatives from the solar industry, electric vehicle charging, green building and the California Center for Sustainable Energy.  Panelists shared their experiences and perspective on the future of sustainability, future trends and opportunities for the County and sustainability industry to continue working together.  Customer perspective panels allow staff an opportunity to listen first hand to customers and receive feedback on their experiences to develop a better understanding of who we are here to serve.  Both of the panels were recorded. For more information, please contact Vince Nicoletti at (858) 694-3075 or vince.nicoletti@sdcounty.ca.gov.


Climate Action Plan Project Update and Public Outreach Efforts

capThe County of San Diego (County) is currently working on completing a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Baseline Inventory and developing projections and reduction targets for the Climate Action Plan (CAP). 

The County’s CAP is an important step in identifying local strategies, measures and actions to address potential economic, health, social and environmental threats to our communities from climate change.  The CAP will help reduce GHG emissions from County facilities and unincorporated areas of San Diego County, which will result in co-benefits such as lowering energy costs, reducing pollution in our air and waterways, improving transportation conditions, supporting economic growth and enhancing the resiliency of our communities in the face of changing climatic conditions.

The County is continuing to implement the CAP Public Outreach and Engagement Plan. County staff has participated in over 20 public events, including:

  • Community Planning Group/Sponsor Group (CPG/SG) Chairs Training on April 16, 2016;
  • Planning Commission Director’s Report on April 22, 2016; and
  • Escondido Grand Avenue Festival, Arbor Day at Santa Ysabel, and Earth Day events at Balboa Park, Mesa College, Camp Pendleton and the County Operations Center, among others.
  • County staff will continue their outreach efforts by holding stakeholder meetings, visioning sessions, and public workshops starting in summer 2016 and continuing through fall 2016.

Interested parties who would like to receive information about the project or help shape the CAP by engaging in stakeholder events may visit the project website or contact the Project Manager, Bulmaro Canseco, at Bulmaro.Canseco@sdcounty.ca.gov or (858) 694-2216.

Media inquiries should be addressed to Alex Bell, Group Communications Officer, at Alex.Bell@sdcounty.ca.gov or (619) 531-5410.


Options for Hydromodification Management Plan (HMP) Flow Control Analysis

hydroWhen changes occur to natural land due to development and construction, the change to the natural flow of water through the development is called hydromodification.  Hydromodification often results in an increase in water flowing from the developed site which affects downstream land.  This increase in flow could cause erosion or flooding of the surrounding area.  In order to mitigate this, development and construction projects are required to provide a Hydromodification Management Plan (HMP) to provide mitigation measures to address the impacts in order to meet State and County requirements. 

In order to meet the Hydromodification Management requirements as listed in the County of San Diego Best Management Practice (BMP) Design Manual, Chapter 6 discusses flow control facility design which may be accomplished as a project-specific continuous simulation model, or by using sizing factors provided in Appendix G.

 The software options for Continuous Simulation Modeling are:

The alternative is to use the sizing factors for Hydromodification Management BMPs. The sizing factor method is intended for simple studies that do not include offsite areas draining through the project from upstream, and do not include offsite areas downstream of the project area.  Use of the sizing factors is limited to the specific BMPs described in Appendix G of the BMP Design Manual for a full infiltration, partial infiltration and no infiltration condition. The BMP sizing spreadsheet is a tool that uses embedded sizing factors, which will be updated soon to reflect the same terminology of the BMP Design Manual. The tool is available at the following link.


General Plan Housing Element and Housing Element Background Report Updates

Planning & Development Services (PDS) is drafting updates to the 2013 General Plan Housing Element and Housing Element Background Report.  The 2017 Housing Element and Housing Element Background Report will provide an assessment of land use and housing needs in the unincorporated County and identify strategies to preserve and develop an adequate supply of housing for all income levels. State law requires this regular revision of the Housing Element to reflect changing population and housing conditions.

For more information, visit here or contact Emma Schoppe at emma.schoppe@sdcounty.ca.us.gov or (858) 495-5437.


Grandfathering Status of Projects under the 2013 MS4 Permit

Development and redevelopment project applicants and permit holders who were subject to the 2007 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements may be subject to stricter stormwater pollutant control and hydromodification management requirements under the 2013 MS4 Permit (Permit), that may trigger classification as a Priority Development Project (PDP).  However, this updated Permit allows some projects to be “grandfathered” under the provisions of the earlier 2007 MS4 Permit.

The letter posted in the link here summarizes several conditions that must be met:

  • Condition (A)i: Initial Design Approvals;
  • Condition (A)ii: Issuance of Construction Permits or Approvals;
  • Condition (B): Commencement of Construction (between February 16, 2015 and August 14, 2016);
  • Condition (C): Issuance of Implementing Approvals (prior to February 26, 2021);
  • Condition (D): Maintaining Substantial Conformity (applies for the life of the project).

Projects satisfying both Condition (A)i and Condition (A)ii prior to February 26, 2016 are provisionally “grandfathered” under the requirements of the 2007 MS4 Permit, as long as construction commenced between February 16, 2015 and August 14, 2016. Conditions (C) and (D) must also be met for a project to maintain “grandfathered” status. Additional information can be obtained here from Appendix L of the Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual.


Welcome Aboard

kimKimberly Davis

Land Use/Environmental Planner III – Project Planning Division

Kimberly Davis joins PDS as a Land Use/Environmental Planner III. She has been working as a consultant on the North County MSCP in the Advance Planning Division for nearly a year, and recently began working in the Project Planning Division performing various duties such as reviewing biological technical reports and providing biological technical assistance on various projects.  She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Biological Sciences from California State University, San Marcos. With over 14 years of diverse professional experience in biology including botanical and wildlife surveys, habitat restoration, conservation planning, and project management, Kimberly will be an outstanding addition to our PDS Team.


mikeMike Casady

Civil Engineer – Building Division

Mike joins PDS as a Civil Engineer. You may recognize him, as he has been working in the Building Division as a consultant since September 2014. In this capacity, he reviewed structural and civil projects for both residential and commercial areas. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and has been a licensed engineer since June 2008. Mike’s knowledge and experience will make him a valued asset to the PDS team and its customers.


vickyVicky Zhang

Civil Engineer – Land Development Division

Vicky joins PDS as a Civil Engineer. She has 14 years of diverse experience in the areas of structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Tongji University in Shanghai and her Master’s Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Vicky’s extensive experience will make her an excellent resource to PDS and its customers.


kenKenneth Fernandez

Assistant Engineer – Land Development Division

Kenneth joins PDS as an Assistant Engineer. He comes to the County from the City of National City, where he has worked since 2004 as an Assistant Engineer. Kenneth earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego. Kenneth’s diverse engineering experience in the public sector is sure to make him a great addition to the PDS team.


Did You Know?

creekColeman Creek is a tributary of the San Diego River that arises at the top of the valley running southeasterly from Julian, at a saddle between two ridges of the Cuyamaca Mountains just south of Kentwood-In-The-Pines.  From there Coleman Creek descends northwesterly down the valley to Julian, where it turns west descending its canyon northwesterly through the site of Branson City, past the mouth of its tributary Eastwood Creek on the north, passing through the south end of Spencer Valley, past the mouth of its tributary Baily Creek on the north, then descending northwest down Quanai Canyon to its confluence with the San Diego River.  Coleman Creek was named for A.E. Coleman who discovered gold in its waters in 1869, which led to the gold rush to the Cuyamaca Mountains and the founding of the gold mining camps of Coleman City, Branson City, Eastwood and the town of Julian.

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