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
126.96.36.199 Visual Character or Quality
188.8.131.52 Nighttime Lighting Effects to Dark Skies
184.108.40.206 Conversion of Farmland
220.127.116.11 Indirect Conversion of Farmland
18.104.22.168 Air Quality Violations
22.214.171.124 Non-Attainment Criteria Pollutants
126.96.36.199 Air Quality Effects to Sensitive Receptors
188.8.131.52 Special Status Plant and Wildlife Species
184.108.40.206 Riparian Habitat and Other Sensitive Natural Communities
220.127.116.11 Wildlife Movement Corridors
18.104.22.168 Wildland Fires
22.214.171.124 Water Quality Standards and Requirements
126.96.36.199 Groundwater Supplies and Recharge
188.8.131.52 Mineral Resource Availability
184.108.40.206 Mineral Resource Recovery Sites
220.127.116.11 Permanent Increase in Ambient Noise Levels
18.104.22.168 School Services
22.214.171.124 Unincorporated County Traffic and Level of Service Standards
126.96.36.199 Adjacent Cities Traffic and Level of Service Standards
188.8.131.52 Rural Road Safety FEIR Section Subject/Issue
184.108.40.206 Adequate Water Supplies
220.127.116.11 Sufficient Landfill Capacity
18.104.22.168 Compliance with Assembly Bill (AB) 32
22.214.171.124 Potential Effects of Global Climate Change on the Project