Planning & Development Services (PDS) Document
Library Now Available
Planning & Development Services (PDS) invites you to
try our latest citizen experience improvement, the PDS Document Library. This new
tool provides convenient online public access to the Department's
digital records repository. Using the PDS Document Library’s
simple online search interface, members of the public can now find and
review content ranging from Environmental Impact Reports to Use Permits
without visiting County offices.
Finding content through the Document Library is easy since
it accommodates searches by project information, property location, and
even the content within a document itself. Search results display
on the same page and are available to view and download.
The PDS Document Library can be accessed by visiting here.
A companion user guide is also linked on the PDS
Document Library page for your reference.
Help Desk Technical Questions and Answer Log available
for Model Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual
region-wide Help Desk web-page provides updated technical guidance on
implementing the Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual
through its Questions and Answers (Q&A) log.
To assist in the transition to
the new design standards from the BMP Design Manual, an online Model
BMP Design Manual Help Desk funded by the San Diego County Copermittees was launched in January, 2016.
The Help Desk provides a regional platform to submit technical
As part of the Help Desk, a
compilation of frequently asked questions with the responses has been
posted for reference. Some of the more common questions relate to biofiltration sizing calculations, critical
coarse sediment determination, source control requirements,
feasibility analysis, and design of site design BMPs, such as tree
wells and permeable pavement.
The Q&A log is updated
approximately every two months and can be accessed by visiting the
Help Desk webpage.
The Help Desk and the Questions
and Answers Log can be accessed here or visit www.projectcleanwater.org
PDS Planner Linda Vo: A dual
commitment to public service
& Development Services (PDS) customers and colleagues recognize
and appreciate the hard work of Linda Vo, a Land Use/Environmental
Planner in the Building Services Division. Perhaps less
familiar: her public service contribution as Sergeant Linda Vo
in the Army National Guard.
Now in her ninth year of Guard
service and committed until 2018, Linda has multiple responsibilities
with Charlie Company, 40th Brigade Support Battalion, based in
Montebello, including lead trainer for new recruits and designated
“I enjoy serving in the Guard,”
says Linda, who graduated from basic combat training and lists pugil stick drills as a favorite Guard
experience. “I have discovered a lot of my own potential and
ability, both mentally and physically.”
Under the terms of her service,
Linda commits to the Guard one weekend each month plus two weeks of
training each summer at sweltering Camp Roberts in central
California. In exchange, she earns extra money and education
benefits, plus personal and professional skill development that
translates well to her work with PDS.
“I was sold on pursuing a job in
public service,” says Linda, citing the County motto, “The noblest
motive is the public good,” as a contributing factor in seeking
employment with PDS. “I wanted to continue giving back to the
community, serving the public, and working for an organization that
is not only committed to honoring military service members, but also
in ensuring the interest of the public.”
Land Use Aide – Building
Ben joins the Building Division as
a Land Use Aide in the Land Development section. He received his
Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of
California, San Diego and is a certified Engineer in Training. Ben
has over six years of experience in the construction industry and was
involved with various environmental volunteer groups while attending
UCSD. We look forward to Ben’s contributions to PDS and serving our
customers on the front line.
Administrative Trainee – Support
Leilani joins Support Services
as an Administrative Trainee. She comes to PDS from the Health and
Human Services Agency, where she worked for close to 11 years.
Leilani earned her Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University.
Leilani’s varied experience with the County is sure to make her a
valuable asset to PDS.
Did you know?
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is one
of the largest remaining coastal wetlands in San Diego County.
Within its 915 acres there are six plant communities, more than 300
species of plants, at least 23 species of fish, 26 mammal species, 20
reptiles and amphibians, more than 80 invertebrates, and 300 bird
Visitors can begin their
exploration of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological
Reserve at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature
Center. The nature center provides a unique glimpse for the
public to see “green” building concepts in use. The
5,600-square foot building is Platinum-Certified by U.S. Green
Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED). The two-story building is made from recycled materials
and relies on solar energy, natural light, and
can see solar panels and irrigated roof plants. Recycled water
is used in landscape irrigation. Inside are nature and history
exhibits that detail the lagoon’s plant and animal communities,
Native American history, and the various natural and human influences
that affect this sensitive ecosystem.
Lagoon Nature Center is San Diego County owned and operated.
Rangers are on staff daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (closed Dec. 25)
and free parking is available.