New state energy efficiency standards coming January 1,
As California’s zero net energy goals approach, a new
set of state energy efficiency standards will take effect at the
beginning of 2017.
In line with other state code updates, the 2016 California Building Energy Efficiency
Standards will apply to building projects formally submitted
to Planning & Development Services (PDS) on or after January 1,
2017, as the state strives to meet a goal of zero net energy in all new residential
construction by 2020 and in all new commercial buildings by
The tightened standards include:
- Measures reducing
exposure of mechanical ducts to extreme heat or cold in attics
- Increased wall
- Mandatory high-efficacy
- Improved water heater
efficiency and/or pipe insulation
Complete information on the current and upcoming
Building Energy Efficiency Standards – including FAQs – is available at the California Energy Commission website.
Water Conservation Landscape Ordinance and Tiered Winery
On April 27, 2016, the Board of Supervisors (Board)
adopted County regulatory code amendments to the Water Conservation in Landscape
Ordinance. On April 1, 2015, the Governor issued Executive Order
B-29-15 in response to the severe drought conditions across the
state. The executive order directed the California Department of
Water Resources to update the state’s model ordinance. The model
ordinance established a regulatory framework to increase water
efficiency standards for landscape projects. The amendments to
the County Water Conservation in Landscaping Ordinance addressed the
recent updates to the model ordinance. The amendments will ensure
that the County’s ordinance is as effective as the model ordinance,
while increasing water conservation efforts in conjunction with
The Board also approved zoning ordinance amendments to
the Tiered Winery Ordinance. A primary component of the ordinance was
the creation of a boutique winery tier, which allowed for tasting rooms
in conjunction with ongoing agricultural vineyard operations. The
ordinance amendments resolve discrepancies with existing ordinance language.
The amendments do not change the purpose or intent of the ordinance,
but eliminate ambiguity in the requirements for different winery types.
For additional information or questions please contact
Joseph Farace at 858-694-3690 or email@example.com.
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Healthy Places Competition
Over the past several months, the County of San Diego
has partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in coordinating a
student design and development competition to allow multidisciplinary
teams of college students from various local universities in San Diego
to “compete” in designing a planning site within San Diego
County. The Buena Creek Sprinter Station, located in the
unincorporated County, was selected as the site for the design and
The primary objective of this competition was to give
students real-world experience in creating a land use plan and
development proposal for a site in San Diego County. The winning
entry will be the plan and proposal that best demonstrates the
principles of building healthy places and improving public health,
while being economically feasible and aesthetically pleasing.
The County of San Diego’s Live Well San Diego - Thriving
strategy, along with the ULI Healthy Places Toolkit, were used in
creating the judging criteria for the student competition. Mark
Wardlaw, Director of PDS, is serving as a judge on the panel, along
with representatives from other partnering organizations including the
ULI, North County Transit District, and the San Diego Association of
The final Healthy Places Student Competition Award
winner will be announced at the upcoming ULI Healthy Places Awards Gala
on the evening of May 11. For more information or to register for
the event, please visit here.
For more information about the County of San Diego’s
Live Well San Diego - Thriving strategy, please visit here.
Community Planning and Sponsor Groups Update
On April 16, 2016, PDS staff met with the Chairpersons
and several other members of Community Planning and Sponsor Groups.
The groups heard presentations about the Climate Action Plan, Active Transportation Plan,
reimbursements, and the Park Lands Dedication Ordinance.
PDS aims to have these meetings at least twice a year to receive input
and share information with the Community Planning and Sponsor Groups on
a number of topics.
May is Bike Month
May is Bike Month in San Diego County! The County
of San Diego will participate in the region’s Bike to Work Day
activities on Friday, May 20 by hosting two pit stops for County
employees and riders to other destinations.
The pit stops will be located at the County
Administration Center (1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego) and the County
Operations Center (5500 Overland Avenue, San Diego).
Visit the iCommuteSD maps for additional pit stop locations
and website for more information on how to
participate. See you on the road!
Chief, Departmental Operations –
Advance Planning Division
Mary joins our team with nearly
30 years of progressive planning experience working in the public and
private sectors, including extensive experience working with numerous
comprehensive planning projects, parks and recreation master plans,
and land use regulations for communities of all sizes. She has been
working abroad in the public sector for the past 11 years as a
Planning Manager and was most recently employed by the Abu Dhabi
Urban Planning Council managing a staff of 50 professionals. In this
role, she was responsible for overseeing key strategic projects, such
as Plan Capital 2030, Seychelles Strategic Plan, and the North Wathba
Master Plan. In the U.S., she worked as a Principal Planner for
a private consulting firm for 14 years and managed projects such as
the City of Buffalo Comprehensive Plan, City of Rochester Zoning and
Design Standards, and Waterfront and Recreation planning.
In addition to her professional
experience, Mary has a Master of Urban Planning from the State
University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in
Geography from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Chief, Departmental Operations –
Support Services Division
Kim has been with the County for
more than five years, working previously at the Health & Human
Services Agency with Community Strategies and Initiatives then as a
contract analyst before joining PDS to oversee contract administration
and facilities functions. She most recently served as Interim Chief
of the Support Services Division, overseeing budget and fiscal
support, performance improvement team and information technology,
geographic information systems, and administrative services.
Her professional experience
outside of the County includes roles such as Individual &
Leadership Giving Director with the United Way of Lake County, State
Executive Director with Mothers Against Drunk Driving Louisiana, and
Marketing & Development Director with Girl Scouts of Racine
County. Through these various leadership roles, Kim gained
significant experience in strategic planning, project management,
fund development, and community relations.
In addition to her professional
experience, Kim has a Master of Business Administration from Loyola
University and a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Management
from Concordia University.
We are excited to have Mary and
Kim join our leadership team!
Did You Know?
arroyo toad is a stocky, blunt-nosed species of toad,
2-3 inches long with horizontal pupils and is greenish, grey or
salmon in color with a light-colored stripe across the head and
eyelids. It is currently classified as an endangered species on
the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of
Threatened Species due to habitat destruction. The arroyo toad
prefers sandy or cobbly washes with swift currents and associated
upland and riparian habitats, in Southern California from Santa
Barbara County south into northwestern Baja California. An
arroyo, in the desert called a wash, is a predominantly dry creek or
river bed. It fills and flows after sufficient rain, but only
temporarily during specific seasons. The arroyo toad inhabits
these areas alongside creeks and rivers with shallow pebble-like
rocks near sandy terrains. The arroyo toad is nocturnal,
spending most of the day underground. During the dry season the
arroyo toad goes into a state of hibernation called aestivation to
prevent dehydration. This dormant state normally takes place
within the soil or clay-like sand and is from August to January.