Planning & Development Services (PDS) Document Library Now Available

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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

pcwThe 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 questions.

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

LVPlanning & 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 medic.

“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.”



Welcome Aboard

benBenjamin Baker

Land Use Aide – Building Division

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.


LLeilani Robertson

Administrative Trainee – Support Services Division

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?

lagoonThe 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 species. 

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 ventilation.  


waterVisitors 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.

San Elijo 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.

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