Public Projects are financed, constructed or originated by or in coordination with a City department or a lessee on City-owned property, and may include projects with public agencies on state or federal property. Public agencies include San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and the San Diego Housing Commission.
DSD has a dedicated Development Project Manager (DPM) for each public project. Each DPM will:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the Public Projects section of DSD.
The purpose of the public project assessment process is for DSD staff to identify the required CEQA document (Exemption, Negative Declaration, Mitigated Negative Declaration or an Environmental Impact Report) and to identify if any discretionary permits are required. Typical discretionary permits, if required, may include a Site Development Permit, Coastal Development Permit, etc. The requirements for a discretionary permit are based upon the regulations set forth in the Land Development Code.
The environmental determination is based upon the CEQA Environmental Review Process. A DPM from DSD will be assigned to a project after a general application or a public project assessment application is submitted. The submittal information will be distributed to the appropriate reviewing disciplines. When the review is complete, the DPM will send an Assessment Memo to the contact person identified on the application. The memo will identify issues from each of the disciplines, will determine if discretionary permits are required and any CEQA requirements.
Some public projects may not require a discretionary permit, but are still subject to CEQA. For example, a CEQA document is required for the City Council to release funding. If a CEQA document is needed or a discretionary permit is required the next step in the process will be identified in the Assessment Memo and a copy of the Public Project Submittal Requirements for Development Permit/Approvals will be included.
The requirements for a discretionary permit are based upon the regulations set forth in the Land Development Code.
All discretionary public projects require a recommendation from the respective Community Planning Group (CPG) within the project location/community prior to scheduling a hearing date.
Information Bulletin 620 and City Council Policy 600-24 provide valuable information about the advisory role, standard operating procedures and responsibilities of recognized the CPGs. City Council Policy 600-24 provides standard operating procedures and responsibilities of recognized CPGs.
To expedite the intake process, eligible certified professionals can certify that their discretionary development project application package meets the minimum submittal requirements. All City employees that plan to submit a discretionary public project must complete the professional certification process. Learn more.
Applications submitted under this process will be automatically accepted for distribution and review with only a quantitative review by DSD to assure the correct number of plans have been submitted.