BMP Design Manual Now In Effect
County of San Diego (County) has finalized the County BMP Design Manual.
The second draft was released on January 25 and the final BMP Design
Manual was posted on February 18 along with responses to public
The Manual and Appendices
incorporate County-specific guidance for planning, selecting, and
designing structural BMPs for new development and redevelopment
projects. Appendices include guidance on Critical Coarse Sediment
Yield, Offsite Alternative Compliance, Green Infrastructure, and
Prior Lawful Approval (PLA).
The requirements in the County
BMP Design Manual became effective on February 26, 2016 and replaced
the current County Standard Urban Runoff Stormwater Mitigation Plan
- Projects without
Prior Lawful Approval on or after February 26, 2016 will be
subject to the requirements of the County BMP Design Manual.
- Projects that
received PLA before February 26, 2016 will be subject to the
requirements of the County SUSMP.
A letter from Planning &
Development Services (PDS) is posted for Project Applicants on
Updated Stormwater Permit Requirements (effective 2/26/2016) along
with attachments that summarize requirements for complying with the
Land Development Provisions of the 2013 MS4 Permit and Guidelines on
Establishing PLA to proceed under earlier MS4 Permit provisions.
The BMP Design Manual, Appendices,
and the letter to Project Applicants are currently posted here.
2015 General Plan Annual Progress Report
State requires the County to prepare an Annual Progress Report to
inform the San Diego County Board of Supervisors (Board) and
residents of San Diego County about the status of the implementation
of the County General Plan. The report will be presented to the Board
at the March 16 hearing. PDS prepared
the 2015 report with input from other departments, including County
Housing and Community Development, the Department of Public Works,
Parks and Recreation, Environmental Health, and General Services.
This report highlights accomplishments in completing both
discretionary and County-initiated planning activities, capital improvement , and housing programs during calendar
For additional information,
please contact Bob Citrano at (858) 694-3229 or Robert.Citrano@sdcounty.ca.gov.
The 2015 report is now available on the Advance Planning web site.
Unlicensed Contractors Eye El Niño As
Opportunity To Prey on Consumers
Recent homeowner interest in storm-proofing against El
Niño events highlights another benefit of obtaining a building permit
through PDS: Safeguards against unlicensed contractors with
In a recent sting conducted in San Diego, the California Contractors State License Board
(CSLB) caught 15 unlicensed contractors who placed bids on a
home improvement project that included waterproofing and drainage
repairs. At least one of the suspects has a criminal record,
which includes taking nearly $10,000 for a job he never started.
PDS will not issue any building permit without verifying
the involvement of a CSLB-licensed contractor or confirming the homeowner will take responsibility
for the work. A state contractor license is necessary
for any bid of $500 or more for the total costs of labor and materials.
Code Compliance Corner
neighbor contacted Code Compliance to report a property owner in her
residential neighborhood who had a large amount of waste and debris
on his property along with several commercial vehicles. Staff reached
out to the property owner who quickly cleaned the property and
removed the vehicles.
Planning Manager, Advance
Laurel joins the Advance
Planning Division as a Planning Manager. Her professional experience
includes over seven years in environmental planning providing consulting
services to local, state and federal agencies, military, ports,
municipalities, universities, and private developers. In addition to
her professional experience, Laurel has a Bachelor’s Degree in
Environmental Studies from the University of San Diego. She also
holds professional certificates in Urban Planning and Development and
Grant Writing. With Laurel’s knowledge and experience, she will be a
valued asset to PDS and the Advance Planning team.
Did you know?
Spanish name "Palomar" means “pigeon roost" in English
and comes from the Spanish colonial era in Alta California when
Palomar Mountain was known as the home of band-tailed pigeons. During
the 1890s, the human population on Palomar Mountain was sufficient to
support three public schools, and it was a popular summer resort for
Southern California, with three hotels in operation part of the time,
and a tent city in Doane Valley each