Grading Ordinance Comprehensive Update


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Diego County
Document Title
Grading Ordinance Comprehensive Update
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Document Description
County of San Diego is pursuing a comprehensive update to the County's Grading, Clearing, and Watercourses Ordinance to update the clearing (e.g., removing vegetation) and grading (e.g., earth movement) permit process to address agricultural and residential clearing and grading requirements (the Project or Ordinance Update). The Project will include, but is not limited to, changes to the grading and clearing requirements, thresholds for permit requirements, and permit process. The Project will include evaluation and recommendations of providing a ministerial permit process for grading and/or clearing for housing located in vehicle mile travelled (VMT) Efficient or Infill Areas as defined by the County’s Transportation Study Guide (TSG). Options may also be included to keep the current regulations and requirements for clearing and grading in place. The proposed changes would apply to the unincorporated areas of the County. The Project requires an amendment to the Grading, Clearing, and Watercourses Ordinance. Following this Notice of Preparation (NOP) the County will prepare an Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) that will list project approvals as well as any other approvals necessary or desirable to implement the Project, which may include a County General Plan Amendment, amendments to the Resource Protection Ordinance, or other regulatory agency permits. For more information please visit:

Contact Information

Grace Bodenchak
Agency Name
County of San Diego, Planning and Development Services
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Other Location Info
The County of San Diego is located in the southwestern corner of the State. The County is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, Counties of Orange and Riverside to the north, Imperial County to the east, and the United States–Mexico international border to the south. The Project will apply to the unincorporated areas of the County.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Fish and Game Commission (CDFGC), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California San Diego River Conservancy (SDRC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 14, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 26, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Other (Residential and Agricultural)
Local Actions
Ordinance Update
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Recreation, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from State Reviewing Agency(ies)]

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