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February 10, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--The draft environmental documents for the Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) Lands General Plan Amendment have been released for public review.  The lands included cover vast tracts of unincorporated communities in East County and beyond.

This Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared as a Supplemental EIR (SEIR) because only minor additions or changes are necessary to ensure the General Plan Update Program EIR adequately applies to the proposed changed designations of the Forest Conservation Initiative Lands GPA.  The proposed Project for the SEIR is based on community planning and sponsor group endorsed land use maps. 

The Draft Plan and Draft Supplemental EIR are available at:

At the link above, scroll down to click on the land use map for your area or, in the first paragraph, click on SUPPLEMENTAL EIR (SEIR) to go to the full report.

The lands affected by the proposed Project are located in the following Community Planning Areas (CPAs) and Subregional Planning Areas (Subregions):

  •          Alpine CPA
  •          Central Mountain Subregion (including the communities of Cuyamaca, Descanso, and Pine Valley)
  •          Desert Subregion
  •          Jamul/Dulzura Subregion
  •          Julian CPA
  •          Mountain Empire Subregion (including the community of Campo/Lake Morena)
  •          North Mountain Subregion (including Palomar Mountain)
  •          Pendleton/De Luz CPA
  •          Ramona CPA

During 2011-12, back country residents attended meetings and presentations by SD County staff to discuss land use designations for the Former FCI lands. By the end of the summer, compromises were reached for most areas and the County initiated an environmental assessment of the proposed plans. This report compares the environmental impact of the existing land use designations, the plan developed in conjunction with residents, as well as feasible alternatives identified as:

  •          No New East Willows Village Alternative (Alpine CPA).
  •          Modified Project Alternative (Environmentally Superior Alternative).
  •          No Project Alternative.

In addition to the Project alternatives described above, three additional alternatives were considered but rejected from further analysis because they did not accomplish most of the basic project objectives. The rejected alternatives were:

  •          Increased Intensity Alternative (Alpine CPA)
  •          Reduced Development/No Build Alternatives
  •          FCI Density Alternative

County residents are encouraged to review the report and attend the upcoming Community Planning Group meeting in their area to learn more about the future plans for these lands. Those who wish to comment on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report must submit their comments as follows:

Comments are due MARCH 18, 2013.

Send comments to: or

Attention: Mindy Fogg, 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123

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