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Board Appoints Members of New Citizen Review Committee

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors appointed seven members of a new citizen’s review committee Wednesday to help the County improve its land use permitting process.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors appointed seven members of a new citizen’s review committee Wednesday to help the County improve its land use permitting process.

The Board voted unanimously in August to establish the Land Development Performance Review Committee as one of several actions designed to help improve the land-use processes for residents of the County’s unincorporated areas.

The committee, which will report to the Board, will work with County staff to develop ways to measure land-use performance to show that permitting-process improvements are working — making the system faster and less expensive without compromising quality.

The committee membership was designed to include people representing the building/engineering industry; the environmental community; property owners; local developers; planning and land-use consultants and/or technical experts in related fields; and the County’s two largest districts: Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s District 2 and Supervisor Bill Horn’s District 5.

Wednesday’s seven appointees included:

  • Land-use consultant Chris Brown.
  • Doug Logan, owner of Rancho Coastal Engineering & Surveys.
  • Fallbrook Community Planning Group member Eileen Delaney, representing District 5.
  • Ramona Community Planning Group Chairman Jim Piva, representing District 2.
  • Paul Smith, owner of an Escondido-based construction inspection company Inspections Made EZ.
  • Ted Shaw, principal with San Diego-based land use and planning company, the Atlantis Group.
  • Biologist Joe Thompson.

The County provides land-use services that cover more than 3,500 square miles of unincorporated area. Those services include creating a “general plan” — a long-range vision of growth and development — issuing building permits, reviewing projects submitted by builders and the public, advising the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, and offering code-enforcement. The County’s unincorporated area includes nearly two-dozen communities ranging from Alpine to Borrego Springs, Fallbrook, Ramona, Tecate and Valley Center.

 

 

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