Approval to Issue a Variance to County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance for the New County Animal Shelter Project

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Diego County
Document Title
Approval to Issue a Variance to County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance for the New County Animal Shelter Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The project consists of the construction of an approximately 21,250-square-foot animal shelter on a four-acre portion of vacant, undeveloped County-owned land within the boundaries of the City of Santee. A small portion of the Project site falls within a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-mapped floodplain. The County of San Diego’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (FDPO) requires that the Project obtain an approval Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) from FEMA before construction can commence and a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) from FEMA before the facility can be occupied. This project approval is for the issuance of a Variance from the FDPO, allowing construction to begin prior to issuance of the CLOMR and prior to issuance of a LOMR before occupancy, as construction will comply with all safe building requirements for construction in a floodplain and general FEMA requirements. The Board of Supervisors adopted the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the proposed County Animal Shelter Project, on July 13, 2021 (Item 34). An Addendum to the MND that was completed in January 2024, on file with the Department of General Services, determined that—consistent with CEQA Guidelines Section 15162—an Addendum to the Final IS/MND was sufficient and appropriate, as the revised project would not result in significant new impacts or substantially increase the severity of impacts previously identified in the Final IS/MND. Additionally, applicable mitigation measures set forth in the Final IS/MND will still be applied to the County Animal Shelter Project. The proposed variance to the FDPO requirements for this project is consistent with the project described and analyzed in the MND and first addendum. There are no significant changes in the project or the circumstances under which the project will be undertaken that involve significant new environmental impacts which were not considered in the previously adopted MND. In addition, there would be no substantial increase in the severity of previously identified significant effects. An Environmental Review Update Checklist, dated May 10, 2024, was prepared in accordance with CEQA Guidelines Section 15162(b) as supporting analyses for the determination to rely on the previous MND without preparing additional environmental documentation. No new information of substantial importance has become available since the MND was adopted.

Contact Information

Melanie Tylke
Agency Name
County of San Diego
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Cross Streets
North of Riverview Parkway and west of North Magnolia
Parcel #

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
County of San Diego
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
San Diego
Final Environmental Document Available at
5560 Overland Ave, Suite 410, San Diego, CA 92123


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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