Winery Ordinance Amendment Public Review October 9 - November 23, 2015

wineOn August 4, 2010, the Board of Supervisors approved Zoning Ordinance Amendments to establish a 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. Since its adoption, a number of issues have arisen that affect the adequate implementation of the ordinance.

Planning & Development Services (PDS) held workshops on January 17, 2014 and July 1, 2015 in order to gather information and comments to utilize in formulating the proposed amendments to the Tiered Winery Ordinance.

PDS has prepared draft Ordinance amendments in order to resolve discrepancies with existing ordinance language. These amendments would not change the purpose or intent of the Ordinance, but have been proposed to eliminate any ambiguity in the requirements for different winery types and to strengthen the County’s ability to document compliance with the Ordinance.

This draft document is available on the PDS website here.

Written (or email) comments on the proposed draft ordinance must be received no later than Monday, November 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (a 45 day public review period). For additional information, please contact Heather Lingelser at (858) 495-5802 or by e-mail at heather.lingelser@sdcounty.ca.gov

To view the documents associated with the adoption of the Tiered Winery Ordinance, click here. 

Feel free to call or email Heather Lingelser if you would like to be added to our stakeholder list to receive future notifications.


Local Coastal Program Workshops

coastalDuring November and December, PDS will be conducting workshops for the public to learn about the Local Coastal Program (LCP) update for the western portion of the San Dieguito community. The purpose of the workshops will be to review the scope of the project and the key study areas that will be addressed during the update process. The primary goal of the LCP update is to improve permit processing procedures by eliminating the need to obtain Coastal Commission approval for certain projects. For more information about the project go here.

We want to hear from you! For more information, you may visit our project webpage and/or contact Danny Serrano, Project Manager, at Daniel.Serrano@sdcounty.ca.gov.


Requesting Public Comment On The New County BMP Design Manual

bmpIn previous eBLAST Newsletters, we alerted you to the update of the County of San Diego Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual which will reflect the changes to requirements of the Regional Municipal Stormwater Permit.  These changes in requirements will replace the current County Standard Urban Runoff Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP), and are expected to become effective as early as December 24, 2015.

The BMP Design Manual will be posted for public comment here by close of business on Monday, November 23, 2015.

A public workshop will be held on December 7, 2015 from 9:30am to 11:30am at the County Operations Center Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Avenue in Kearney Mesa. The workshop will review the updated content of the County BMP Design Manual and highlight the differences between it and the Model BMP Design Manual.  Key changes to the County BMP Design Manual include the addition of local jurisdictional procedures, modifications to Priority Development Project (PDP) categories, requirements for grandfathering projects under older Permit provisions, and guidance on offsite alternative compliance and green street compliance pathways.


Code Compliance Cleans Up


Code Compliance received a report about a property in El Cajon with large amounts of debris and waste and the property owner was storing and selling fire wood. Staff made contact and the property owner quickly cleaned up!



Did You Know?

rockSan Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park honors the soldiers who fought in the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual, the bloodiest battle in California during the Mexican-American War. The battle was fought between United States troops under the command of General Stephen Kearny, and the Californio forces under the command of General Andres Pico on December 6, 1846.

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