As the county rewrites its Climate Action Plan, it’s simultaneously considering several big developments that could impact the environment. Environmentalists are concerned the projects would make it impossible for the county to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets the state says it needs to meet by 2030.
Several proposed developments are complicating San Diego County’s attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The county is currently rewriting its Climate Action Plan – the document that spells out how it plans to curb emissions – following a lawsuit from the Sierra Club.
A judge declared the county’s plan needed legally enforceable emissions reductions – meaning people should be able to sue the county if it doesn’t make good on its reduction promises.
The county already has what’s called a general plan, a blueprint that spells out where and how building can take place. The county’s general plan says new development should happen near existing development and transit, to avoid sprawl and discourage driving. The Climate Action Plan is a separate, complementary document that shows how the county plans to reduce emissions through various methods, including development, transit, renewable energy, water and agriculture.
But developers are seeking special permission from the county to build several projects that don’t conform with the general plan. Environmentalists are concerned the projects would make it impossible for the county to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets the state says it needs to meet by 2030.