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Sizeable Increase In Online Permits Highlights PDS Building Annual Statistics

PDS Building Services Divisionís annual statistics reflect growing popularity of online permit processing.

Building permits issued online increased more than 170% during the 2014-2015 County fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, and accounted for nearly 53% of the roughly 13,000 building permits issued overall.  In the previous fiscal year, online permits represented about 24% of the overall total.

Through the Countyís Accela Citizen Access portal, PDS offers online application and issuance for several minor residential permit types, including roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems.

Other PDS Building statistics of note for the fiscal year:

  • The total number of building permits issued increased 21%
  • 672 permits were issued for new single-family dwellings, also a 21% increase
  • The average wait time at County Permit Center counters was less than 25 minutes
  • For residential and commercial projects requiring submittal, the average turnaround time for initial review was 18 days



PDS Gets Active!

In 2014, the County was awarded a California Active Transportation Program grant to develop an Active Transportation Plan (ATP). The ATP will update and integrate these existing County plans and efforts:

The ATP is expected to take about two years to develop. PDS will kick it all off with a public outreach effort this fall.  Staff will begin to engage stakeholders in order to obtain their feedback on the plansí development. Community Planning and Sponsor Groups will also be contacted for their input and participation. Community residents and any other interested individuals or groups are also encouraged to visit the ATP project website and contact Everett Hauser, Project Manager, at 858-694-2412 or via email at everett.hauser@sdcounty.ca.gov for any additional information or questions. The ATP grant is funded and administered by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).


Neighborhood Blight Removed!


A neighbor contacted PDS Code Compliance about a property nearby that had a large amount of trash and junk in the yard. The property owner was also allowing someone to live in an RV which is not allowed under County Code.


codebStaff made a site visit and spoke with the property owner. Everything got cleaned up in less than 30 days and the RV moved!




Welcome Aboard!


Bronwyn Brown

Land Use/Environmental Planner I

Bronwyn may be a familiar face to some of you as she has been working as a consultant in the Project Planning Division since March 2014. Bronwyn now joins PDS as a Land Use/Environmental Planner I, with over 6 years of planning experience. She earned her Bachelorís degree in Planning at the University of Auckland. Weíre happy to welcome Bronwyn permanently to our PDS team.


leanneLeanne Crow

Land Use/Environmental Planner I

Leanne joins PDS as a Land Use/Environmental Planner I in the Geology section of the Project Planning Division. She has more than 15 years of experience in the environmental and engineering consulting industry. Leanne earned her Bachelorís degree in Geology from San Diego State University. With her knowledge and experience, Leanne is sure to be a valuable addition to PDS and the Project Planning Team.


Did You Know?

cuyamacaGold was discovered in the Cuyamaca Mountains in 1870. Towns and encampments of Coleman City, Branson City, Eastwood, Julian, and Banner sprang up to support miners and the gold rush. First a mining camp called Stonewall (1873-1876), and then the company town of Stratton (1887-1888) which was renamed Cuyamaca City (1888-1906). At its peak, Cuyamaca City had a population of 500 and served the Stonewall Mine. The town was abandoned after mining operations ceased, and few traces of it exist. The site of the town now lies within Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.


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