Moe Zarabi Earns Green Building Credential

MoCongratulations to Moe Zarabi of Planning & Development Services (PDS) Building Division for attaining certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate.

Moe earned the credential after passing a two-hour, 100-question exam covering green building terminology, sustainability concepts, project processing, and various aspects of the U.S. Green Building Councilís LEED rating systems. 

ďSo much of what we do in PDS can directly impact the environment,Ē said Moe, a Land Use and Environmental Planner.  ďThese types of credentials allow us to demonstrate to the public that we are environmentally conscious and practicing sustainability in both planning and permitting development in our county.Ē

Moe plans to pursue a higher level green building certification, the LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development, within the next year.


County BMP Design Manual Posted For Public Comment

bmpThe County of San Diego is in the process of revising the Model Best Management Practices (BMP) Design Manual to create a jurisdictionally specific County BMP Design Manual.

The Manual and Appendices incorporate County-specific guidance for planning, selecting and designing structural BMPs for new development and redevelopment projects in accordance with Provision E.3 of Order Number R9-2013-0001 as amended by Order Number R9-2015-0001.

The updated requirements in the County BMP Design Manual may become effective as early as December 24, 2015 and will replace the current County Standard Urban Runoff Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP).

Stay tuned to upcoming PDS eBLASTís which will provide details on the posting of the Draft County BMP Design Manual; how to provide input on the Manual and; any upcoming workshops.  For more information, you may contact Rene Vidales, Program Coordinator with the Department of Public Works Watershed Program at Rene.Vidales@sdcounty.ca.gov


Code Compliance Makes It Happen!


PDS Code Compliance received a report from a neighbor about a property owner storing cardboard and scrap wood in his driveway. It was not only unsightly; the neighbor felt it posed a fire hazard. Staff quickly made contact and the owner removed the waste.



On The Move!

CaraCara Lacey,

Chief Project Planning

Cara has been selected as Chief of the Project Planning Division. Cara joined the County earlier this year as a Planning Manager in the Advance Planning Division. She has extensive and well-rounded experience in the land use field demonstrated through 11 years of progressive planning experience working in public agencies and private sector firms. This includes direct experience working with city, county, and federal agencies managing high profile public projects. Most recently, she has been serving as Interim Chief of the Project Planning Division.

Cara has a masterís degree in Urban Planning from New York University and a bachelorís degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her breadth of experience with complex and controversial development programs will be a significant benefit to our Department.


JarrettJarrett Ramaiya,

Chief Land Development

Jarrett has been selected as Chief of the Land Development Division. Since joining the County of San Diego in 2004, Jarrett has been a planner in PDS (and the former DPLU). For the last five years, he has been a Planning Manager in the Project Planning Division leading teams in processing multi-level discretionary projects, including preparation of environmental documents, and providing final recommendations to decision-making bodies.  Most recently, he has been serving as Interim Chief of the Land Development Division.

In addition to his professional experience, Jarrett has a masterís degree in Environmental Policy and a bachelorís degree in Urban Sociology both received from New College of California. Jarrettís knowledge and experience with our County and PDS culture, and his broad involvement with our services and stakeholders, will be a valuable strength in this position.


Welcome Aboard!

JoshJoshua Menvielle

Land Use/Environmental Planner I

Josh joins PDS as a Land Use/Environmental Planner I. He has worked for the County of Imperial for the past six years in their Community & Economic Development Department. He brings an array of experience, e.g.  preparing NEPA and CEQA documents, reviewing Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), preparing federal and state grants, developing scores of work to implement grant programs and construction projects, and developing project budgets. Josh earned his bachelorís degree in Urban Studies & Planning/History from the University of California, San Diego.


emmaEmma Schoppe

Land Use/Environmental Planner I

Emma also joins PDS as a Land Use/Environmental Planner I. Since January, 2014, she has worked for the City of San Luis Obispo as a planner. Emma has a masterís degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a bachelorís degree in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her graduate studies, she gained expert knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal land use, site planning, and design.


Did You Know?


Fallbrook Community Airpark was planned, built and financed by individual volunteer efforts of members of the community. In April 1963 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors accepted a deed for the airport land from the U.S. Navy. On October 28, 1964, the airfield opened and consisted of a 2,200 foot dirt landing strip. The airport was originally operated for the County by a nonprofit citizens group called the Fallbrook Community Air Park. The County resumed management and operation of the airport in November 1997.


Board of Supervisors

First District

Second District

Third District

Fourth District

Fifth District


Planning & Development Services


Assistant Director

Deputy Director



Citizen Access Portal
Research property information and permits. Apply for some permits online.

Self-Service Reports
A list of available reports for public use along with a description of the information included on each report is provided below.

GIS Maps
Determine the zoning and characteristics of properties with our web-based mapping tool.