News Release

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB

DATE: March 1, 2006

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108

 

COUNTY TO IMPROVE REVIEW PROCESS FOR LAND USE PROJECTS

SAN DIEGO - The County of San Diego has begun a major effort speed up the discretionary review process for building projects by several months. It will enhance the quality of environmental documents and reduce costs of projects.

The effort was launched at the direction of the County Board of Supervisors, who voted unanimously Feb. 28 to pursue efficiency recommendations from the Department of Planning and Land Use.

“Out with the complicated, in with the streamlined,“ said Supervisor Dianne Jacob who has expressed concerns about the complexity of the permitting process for some time. “The County needs to retool our system so that it’s timely, efficient and cost-effective. That process starts now,” she said.

Permit processing times will be reduced by 35% to 50%. The streamlining will be accomplished through changes in administrative procedures, and will not eliminate any land use regulations or change the current public review process. The changes will take 18 to 24 months to fully implement.

The County Chief Administrative Office will establish an advisory committee of members of the development industry and environmental consultants to advise on the implementation of the changes.

In addition to saving significant time from projects, the streamlining will save costs for applicants, and thereby reduce development costs.