The Equine Policy and Ordinance Development project (POD 11-011) updated the County of San Diego’s Zoning Ordinance with regard to equine uses. On July 13, 2011(1) the Board of Supervisors directed staff to develop an ordinance for the permitting of a commercial horse stable.
On September 11, 2013(1) the project was presented to the Board, with a tiered system of permitting that eliminated the need for a discretionary permit for some horse stables depending on the numbers of horses and the size of usable acreage for a stable. The focus of the changes in the ordinance was to regulations for commercial horse stables, in particular the requirement for a Major Use Permit in certain areas. The project provides greater permit flexibility with regulation tiers that are more restrictive with the intensity of the equine options starting with a ministerial approval for the least intensive.
The project was approved by the Board of Supervisors on September 11, 2013. The ordinance was effective Friday October 11, 2013. Here is the adopted ordinance and the Board's minute order approving the project:
Here's the FAQ and permit documents for the new permit types:
Please be sure to contact Zoning to set up an appointment to submit for a new permit for a Horse Stable. 858-565-5981
Staff Contact on ordinance specifics:
Link to the Board Agenda and Board Letter (click on September 11, Regular Agenda, Item #1)
Final Environmental Impact Report August 2013
Planning Commission Report June 14, 2013
Horse Maps (Report Attachment)
Large view, countywide map showing where Commercial Horse Stables are allowed under current zoning:
County Commercial Horse Stable Map
Stable Interviews Map 2012-2013
Additional Equine Ordinance Information and Project Timeline:
January 24, 2013 - Equine Stakeholders meeting to discuss stable visits, development of the ordinance, approach to the EIR and the Draft Ordinance.
See the meeting presentation for more information
Summer - Winter 2012 Community Planning and Sponsor Group Presentations regarding the Draft Ordinance Outline and Draft EIR.
January 19 - February 17, 2012 - POD 11-011, Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report public review
October 2011 - POD 11-011, Draft Ordinance Summary with initial recommendations on the project.
July 2011 - POD 10-010, staff was directed by the Board to develop a tiered Equine Ordinance. For additional information on the options that were considered, refer to the: July 13, 2011 Board Letter
May 2011 - POD 10-010, staff presented the Equine Options to the Planning Commission for consideration. For additional information refer to the: Planning Commission Hearing Report
May 2011 - While staff is working on updating Equine Regulations, the department has adopted an:Interim Commercial Equine Facilities Policy
March 2011 - the Board directed staff to Explore Options for Updating Equine Regulations: Item # 2 Equine Board Letter March 2, 2011
Links to information from the County Watershed Protection Program regarding:
Equine Facilities Best Management Practices
Tips for Manure Management
Information links regarding Best Management Practices in the County:
Project Clean Water
Horse Manure Management
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