On December 14th, a day of infamy, the Board of Supervisors and the County Planning department betrayed the forest and the people of San Diego County by undermining the most successful plan in County history, the FCI. The Forest Conservation Initiative served to protect the last remaining wilderness, watershed and habitat from rampant irresponsible development. Planning and zoning changes that open the door to development of private inholdings outside the Country Towns are equivalent to a death sentence for the Forest.
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The FCI was so successful because urbanization, which is essentially inimical to forest values, was contained within Country Town Boundaries. Inside those boundaries, the towns were able to grow and prosper, the FCI did not interfere with urban growth, it contained it. This formula is critical to the continued health of the forest. Unless those urban boundaries are respected urbanization will expand like a cancer within the forest. You protect the integrity of the forest by recognizing that all forest values begin at the country town boundary, they are not graduated, not greater or less than. The County calls its plan "consistent" with existing lot sizes. Let us be clear, the word consistency is a weasel word for planners who have lost the basic principles of planning.
For more background on the issue read our Comment Letter to the County in 2009 describing how the County misinterprets the sunset clause of the FCI.
Read our blog on The Land of Scheming
From the DEIR
SIGNIFICANT UNAVOIDABLE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
18.104.22.168 Visual Character or Quality
22.214.171.124 Nighttime Lighting Effects to Dark Skies
126.96.36.199 Conversion of Farmland
188.8.131.52 Indirect Conversion of Farmland
184.108.40.206 Air Quality Violations
220.127.116.11 Non-Attainment Criteria Pollutants
18.104.22.168 Air Quality Effects to Sensitive Receptors
22.214.171.124 Special Status Plant and Wildlife Species
126.96.36.199 Riparian Habitat and Other Sensitive Natural Communities
188.8.131.52 Wildlife Movement Corridors
184.108.40.206 Wildland Fires
220.127.116.11 Water Quality Standards and Requirements
18.104.22.168 Groundwater Supplies and Recharge
22.214.171.124 Mineral Resource Availability
126.96.36.199 Mineral Resource Recovery Sites
188.8.131.52 Permanent Increase in Ambient Noise Levels
184.108.40.206 School Services
220.127.116.11 Unincorporated County Traffic and Level of Service Standards
18.104.22.168 Adjacent Cities Traffic and Level of Service Standards
22.214.171.124 Rural Road Safety FEIR Section Subject/Issue
126.96.36.199 Adequate Water Supplies
188.8.131.52 Sufficient Landfill Capacity
184.108.40.206 Compliance with Assembly Bill (AB) 32
220.127.116.11 Potential Effects of Global Climate Change on the Project