The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved its revised General Plan last Wednesday with a 4-1 vote, it was reported in the San Diego Union Tribune. The update includes many changes in zoning rules aimed to limit development in remote, rural areas and to increase development in existing communities.
Farmland has been downzoned to one dwelling per 20, 40, or 80 acres from one dwelling per 4 or 8 acres previously. Supervisors claim this as a win for the environmental side, to lower wildfire risk and slow growth of future greenhouse gas emissions.
Communities such as Ramona are now allowed an increase in building density. Increased density in core areas can bring economic growth, livelier streetlife, and make public transit viable. Plan details can be found at the County’s website.