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Supervisors approve items to manage natural resources

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the following three key action items that have direct impact on managing the county’s natural resources.

1. Approved Supervisor Bill Horn’s recommendation to accept the San Luis Rey River Park Master Plan and certify the Program Environmental Impact Report

The proposed regional park would be approximately 8.5 miles along the river corridor from the Bonsall Bridge to just east of Interstate 15.

“I’m excited about the project,” said Horn, “because the park will provide increased recreational opportunities while preserving the San Luis Rey River corridor, one of the great treasures of North County.”

The county has already purchased approximately 260 of the anticipated 1,700 acres for the future park.

Working with the California Department of Transportation, the plan includes proposed widening of State Route (SR) 76 from two lanes to four lanes along the River Park.

2. Approved Supervisor Horn’s urging to aggressively implement more comprehensive Vegetation Management Plans

Following Supervisor Horn’s May recommendation to create a comprehensive and aggressive approach to vegetation management on county-owned lands, his fellow supervisors commended him and, along with Horn, urged county staff to quickly formulate and implement management plans.

“This has to be a top priority for the county because our open spaces are in critical urban interface areas,” said Horn. “If we’re going to tell people what to do with their land, we ought to be taking care of our land, too, and setting the example.”

3. Approved recommendation from Supervisor Horn and Supervisor Ron Roberts on permit process for renewable energy in San Diego County

The board action directs the chief administrative officer to bring back, in 120 days, options for amending the zoning ordinance for the installation of temporary wind turbine testing equipment.

The current permitting process still applies for any wind turbine facility.

“This action is important in encouraging research into and development of renewable energy sources by relaxing some of the zoning ordinance barriers that make it difficult to process testing equipment,” said Horn.

 

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