Environment

Comment Deadline for Draft Climate Action Plan Nears

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The 45-day public comment period for the County’s draft Climate Action Plan ends Monday, Sept. 25, meaning anyone who wants to weigh in on the record about the County’s draft plan to cut greenhouse gases in unincorporated communities has a week left to do so.

The draft Climate Action Plan is designed to cut greenhouse gases in the County’s unincorporated communities as well as those related to County government operations. It seeks to meet state requirements with actions that balance environmental, economic and community interests, while taking into account the County’s largely rural character.

The County’s Department of Planning & Development Services released the draft plan and its draft supplemental environmental impact report for public review and comment Aug. 10.

Both the report and the plan can be seen on the department’s Climate Action web page. The public can submit written comments about the plan at CAP@sdcounty.ca.gov, or by mailing or delivering them, to Maggie Soffel, Land Use/Environmental Planner, Planning & Development Services, 5510 Overland Ave., Suite 310, San Diego, Ca. 92123.

All comments must be received by 4 p.m. Sept. 25.

Planning & Development Services is scheduled to hold an informational meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 in training room 120 at the County Operations Center, located at 5500 Overland Ave., San Diego.

People can learn more about the plan at the meeting, but if they want to submit official comments on the plan, they must still submit them in written form by email or mail by the Sept. 25 deadline. People can view a recording of the presentation of the plan given at a previous informational meeting on the Climate Action Plan website.

Once the 45-day public comment period ends, the San Diego County Planning Commission and Board Supervisors will hold separate hearings in 2018.

The draft plan was created with input from local residents and more than 50 stakeholder groups, ranging from environmental to business and community organizations, collected in more than 100 public workshops, meetings and events.

For more information about the draft plan, go to the Planning & Development Services Climate Action Plan web page. Written comments on the draft documents can be submitted to CAP@sdcounty.ca.gov.

 

Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact