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Code Updates in Process

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The Land Development Code (LDC) contains regulations for the development and use of property including zoning, subdivisions and other related land use activities.  The Planning Department monitors and continually updates the code to simplify and streamline the permitting processes, assure compliance with state and federal regulations, and eliminate unnecessary barriers, redundancies and contradictions. 

Information regarding comprehensive and single-issue LDC updates that are currently in process and managed by the Housing, Implementation and Policy team can be found here. Since 2020, comprehensive LDC updates have been processed annually and named by processing year (i.e. 2020 and 2021) rather than update number (i.e. 13th Update). Please check back for updated content as the amendments move through the hearing process. 


Current Single-Issue Updates

The Housing, Implementation and Policy team processes single-issue updates and amendments to the Land Development Code (LDC) on an as-needed basis. Single-issue updates may be processed separate from a comprehensive Code update for a variety of reasons, including time sensitivity and/or complexity. Information regarding single-issue LDC updates currently in process can be found below.

Climate Action Plan (CAP) Consistency Regulations and GHG Significance Thresholds

The City of San Diego is currently in the process of updating the Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the goal of net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emmissions by 2035. As part of this effort, the City is updating the City's California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Significance Thresholds for GHG emsissions and replacing the existing CAP Consistency Checklist with new CAP Consistency Regulations, which will apply to specified ministerial and discretionary projects. The updated Significance Thresholds for GHG emissions require amendments to the City's Land Development Manual (LDM), and the CAP Consistency Regulations will amend the San Diego Municipal Code (SDMC) by adding a new division to Chapter 14. 

The CAP Update, revised GHG CEQA Significance Thresholds, CAP Consistency Regulations and associated Climate Resiliency Fund and Urban Tree Canopy Fee, and the Addendum to the CAP EIR are collectively referred to as the Climate Action Plan Update Package.

  • Community Planner's Committee (CPC)

The Climate Action Plan Update Package was reviewed by the CPC on April 26, 2022. The Committee voted 23-2-2 to approve the CAP Consistency Regulations and GHG Significance Thresholds as presented.

  • Planning Commission

The Climate Action Plan Update Package was reviewed by the Planning Commission on May 5, 2022. The Commission voted 6-0-0 to recommend that the City Council adopt the CAP Consistency Regulations and GHG Significance Thresholds and certify the Addendum to the CAP EIR.

It is anticipated that the CAP Update Package will be reviewed by the Environment Committee in late June 2022. Please check back for additional information and links.

  • City Council

It is anticipated that the CAP Update Package will be reviewed by the City Council in late July or early August 2022. Please check back for additional information and links.

For questions, please contact Becky Malone at rmalone@sandiego.gov.


2022 Annual Comprehensive Code Update

The 2022 Code Update is currently in progress.  A project timeline will be posted shortly. 

For question, please contact Liz Saidkhanian at esaidkhanian@sandiego.gov.  


 

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